This past week, we have been setting up a temporary schoolroom for the children. Since moving into the farm, we had used the dining room as our main learning space. This has proved to be far from ideal. I’m not sure if it is the ‘newness’ of the space, or if there is some other subconscious movement afoot. I crave order – visual, temporal, physical order. I made the decision to temporarily sacrifice my studio space for the children’s schoolroom.
Brian and I took William with us to the little house to collect some more furniture pieces. Everyone helped get them all moved in and cleaned up. We have been refilling the shelves a little at a time as I try to work out our new organization.
We started with our most treasured books: The Harvard Classics and The Great Books, and the enormous Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary that my mom gave me for my birthday when I was a gal.
It won’t do for the long term as it is much too small for everyone to work comfortably in for very long, but my hope is that it will allow us to work over the summer, when outdoor portraits are more prevalent, as are event shoots. Perhaps there will be enough extra at some point this summer to allow us to finish the space we had originally intended for a schoolroom – an almost-500 sq. ft. space in the attached carriage house.