stories and illustration

Windows in Old Houses

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The Oval Window

The oval window looks out right along the garden, which is only just beginning to flourish, in this cold Spring that has lasted deep into April.  Snow is forecast for June.  In the meantime, from the outside the oval window shines blue with reflected sky.

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The Oval Window from the Terrace

New windows in an old place hold many memories:

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Looking out on the Wall

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The Picture

TThe dog does like to bark fiercely at passing (safely faraway) dogs, so a barrier is put up:

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The Bark-Preventer

This is taken away when company arrives:

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Nothing to Bark At

The morning is bright behind the nets:

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Morning Window

Later the windows look out over the setting sun:

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Evening 2

Meanwhile the little wren still sits tucked into the window square:

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The Wren

And the gnu still rests its head, beside the metal violin:

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The Gnu

And just occasionally, even during this cold Spring, the sun does shine through the old windows:

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  1. There is much mystery in windows I believe. They look in, they look out and they just might capture moments in time, holding them like a scrap book.


    Comment by earthstonestation | April 21, 2013 | Reply

    • Yes, these windows latched on to something I felt, that I would have found difficult to write about, maybe easier to express in images – the light, keepsakes, with their own history, placed on window ledges, and also the thought of all the vanished people who have looked out of old windows….


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  2. Shadows is my favourite


    Comment by Javier Molina | August 13, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you, Javier. I am drawn to light coming through windows, especially in old houses with deep window embrasures. I am glad I took these pictures as they have they have a poignancy for me which I did not recognise at the time. I also did not recognise when I started this blog how it would become a visual diary shared with others, nor how much pleaure I would get from seeing other people’s work.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 14, 2014 | Reply

      • I do have some pictures using the same window…


        Comment by Javier Molina | August 14, 2014

      • Yes, I’ve noticed it is everywhere! In old houses, anyway… the light in old houses is different….


        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 18, 2014

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