We spend much of our time outside, its so easy to step onto the terrace with its lovely views but we desperately need shade and perhaps some shelter as it does get breezy in the afternoons. We need a proper sitooterie*.
As a temporary solution we bought a couple of shade sails that give a patch of cover, we shift ourselves and the furniture round as the sun moves across the sky. Its difficult to work out how we can provide something more permanent, the roof of our house comes down low onto the terrace, not enough headroom to fit anything from the eaves. The engineer has come up with various ambitious ideas, some that involve extensions to the house, moving the existing spiral staircase, all major projects. As usual I want a quiet life, we can't agree.
We have a friend who lives in a very old house in a very old Lazio mountain village. She's right at the top, her terrace looks down onto all the other roof tops, its decked with plants and she's installed a whirlpool bath right outside so she can relax with complete privacy. Our Danish friends also in Lazio sensibly bought a house with an existing sitooterie, its lovely and I like the idea of having furniture permanently outside for the season, wall lanterns, climbing roses and lovely old pots.
Our seaside hotel in Giulianova was well equipped for outside sitting. The garden between the hotel and the beach was a delightand there was also a fantastic rooftop terrace with views of sea and mountains
plus three large jacuzzis.
Sitooterie is one of my favourite words, when I have my own it might be one of my favourite places. Let's hope Mr FF doesn't get started on one of his schemes while I'm back home unless of course it involves something like the above.
*from sit plus oot (a Scots pronunciation of out to rhyme with hoot) plus the noun ending–erie of French origin that’s familiar from words like menagerie androtisserie.