happiness, ku:nel volume 38 arrived in the mail just the other day. it provided a refresher on the simple way japanese homes adapt to the variations in temperature across the seasons.
i have recently filled in my back verandah to make a sunny eating, reading and tea drinking spot in my house. it is called the nook. i have a little pergola-type construction jutting out as well, but summer will be hot. i think i will use similar bamboo screening (sudare) leaned against the back of my house when the summer sun is at its worst. then remove when i want those rays back again in autumn and winter. so i am thinking to employ sudare and deciduous grape vine, and am also thinking of strawberries planted in a vertical grid and trained tomato and bean vines that give a green edible shield at the height of the summer sun. but is that too much? anyway, i think sudare are a simple, adaptable solution to keeping a house cool come summer.
above top: quneru flickr