I’m not about to talk about the 1980s film starring Helena Bonham Carter, but about how it is always wonderful to have a pleasant view from the room where you spend most of your time working. It is very soothing and good for your well-being to have an interesting outlook. I have two large windows in our studio. One window overlooks the back garden and the other has a wide view over neighbouring rooftops and of the sky. Because a large two-story house is soon to be built next door, I will lose the unencumbered view.
This view has given me much pleasure over the years. I have watched so many aircraft, such as the Air Force acrobatic team, the Roulettes, doing routines before the Australian Football Grand Final or the Melbourne Grande Prix, as well as Fighter Jets and Black Hawk Helicopters doing exercises. Vintage planes in formations and huge aircraft for airshows have entertained me from time to time. I often see parachutists descending to a local park and the Goodyear blimp has passed by making its slow way across the skyline. There have occasionally been spectacular fireworks. At dusk in the warmer months I see Flying Foxes (fruit bats) flying low over the rooftops on their way to find food and all kinds of birds have flown past this window on their way to who knows where.
Views can keep us connected with the natural world and this is good for the health. Observing natural phenomena has helped to elevate my mood and made me respect the forces of nature. There is nothing like the azure blue sky of a bright sunny Melbourne day dotted with cumulus clouds to make you feel happy. At other times watching the rain sheeting down over the rooftops is always an incredible sight. When this view is gone I will miss seeing the moon in all its phases low on the horizon, the beautiful sunsets and the dark storm clouds rolling in at different times of the year. Some storms have been quite scary at times when the wind is gusting at over 100 kilometres an hour and there are lots of dramatic forked lightning but they are exciting. No matter what it says in the weather reports it is always better to see what is actually happening out the window.
There is not a lot I can do to stop the inevitable so I will have to make the best of things. At least I still have the other window that looks onto the greenery of the garden and can go outside in fine weather. If I did not have this option I would probably put up lots of pictures and posters of the natural world and fill the room with plants to feel better in the winter months.
I have enjoyed my sky view for a long time and I will miss it a lot. It might not be the most spectacular panorama compared with some wonderful scenery in the world but it has been mine. If you have a sky view, no matter how small, make the most of its benefits while you can. And if you have no view to speak of create one yourself with a virtual window and some posters and plants.
This post calls for a happy song so here is ELO, the 70s British band and proud wearers of satin shirts, doing Mr Blue Sky.