Metal and Glass


This stained glass window was created for us in 1992 by Wendy Gee, the daughter of a friend. We had just been on a very interesting visit to Egypt and asked her to design a window that would remind us of that.  It has been a source of great pleasure to us ever since. At some times in the year the sun sets almost directly behind the window and tha,t together with the colours she chose, gives a very distinctive effect.

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9 Responses to Metal and Glass

  1. Maria F. says:

    Very interesting effect of light and color. I like the framing also.

    • Trifocal says:

      Thank you Maria; the window looks different at different times. When the sun is at an angle and not so strong the stained glass shows up very well but you lose the coloured reflections on the wall. I did wonder about using a photograph that showed that instead, but went for this one in the end.

  2. This is beautiful. Can you post a photo showing the window from the outside in the context of the house? I really those oranges, I bet they make for really warm light.

    • Trifocal says:

      This would be possible, but I am not sure how far I want to go with the ‘show everything as it is’ policy. Mostly what you would see would be a dustbin, a compost bin and a rhubarb patch that is over 35 years old at least and has never been split or pruned in all that time. But if, knowing that, you really want to see the setting just say 🙂

      • I really _do_ want to see the setting, composter and all. (I’m rather fond of ours — definitely one of the advantages of having a garden.) And rhubarb! I remember having to peel rhubarb as a child …

        Unless, of course, the above was British code for “a polite person would now no longer ask for such a picture after this explanation”. You’ll have to be more blunt with me in this case.:)

  3. Trifocal says:

    No, happy to do it- the offer was indeed meant literally 🙂
    In fact I have since had an idea for how; it will be posted in the next day or two. Incidentally on the ‘you say tomato’ theme you will probably not be surprised to hear that we do not peel rhubarb over here- at least in our family 🙂

  4. Meanderer says:

    How beautiful. It really is very lovely. We have stained glass around the house – in a couple of doors,and windows above doors. At certain times of the year and times of day the reflections are wonderful. I’ve tried to photograph them once or twice but wasn’t happy with the results. Will have to have another go!

    • Trifocal says:

      Thank you- stained glass windows are lovely things. I think my shot was too strongly coloured really, but as well as the glass colours there was the orange walls and the yellow-red sunset all pitching in. So choosing the best sun position or cloud cover might be important- and I only later realised I could take a nice picture from outside when it was darkish and the lights were on. Good luck- maybe you will post the shot here if it works well?

  5. Meanderer says:

    Oh, I imagine it would look beautiful from the outside too.

    I shall have a go at photographing them when the sun is low enough to catch them again (they are internal doors) and will post them if they come out ok. The sun is just starting to hit the bookshelf I want to photograph too; another few weeks and the lower setting sun should be just in the right spot!

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