I have had a couple of questions about my accommodations this year at Svanholm. The room I lovingly occupied on my last two visits is now inhabited full-time by a new community member. She is a welcome addition to the community and I don’t begrudge her my former space, which she has appointed nicely.
This year, while still living in the manor house, instead of going up some stairs to get to my room, I go down a few to join the other guest volunteers in a community living situation. I have lived in “Syderen”, as it is called, briefly twice before, so it is not unfamiliar to me.
Going through the entry and around a corner, one comes to a long hallway. There are guest rooms to the right along the hallway…mine is down at the end around another corner.
The kitchen is more than our kitchen, though, it is also our dining room (for breakfasts, Wednesday night home cooking, and weekend lunches), our lounge, and our study: a true multi-purpose room (and it is where the internet signal is most reliable). Tradition has it that guests leave messages on the walls (and now the ceiling) with impressions of their experience here.
Past the kitchen, if one looks out a window to the right, one has a view across the courtyard to the stairs that lead to my former living room.
Ta-dah! Cozy, no? It is actually quite spacious, with place enough for me to exercise using my big ball and room to store my things. If you look closely, you will see some precious items that waited in storage for me this past year and help to make it feel more like my space.
Oh, and I almost forgot…the view from my window: