Back porch

We have a beautiful porch to the back of our home. It’s not a large area, it’s a tiny space. But sitting there, looking into the backyard filled with tall Pine trees, imparts a deep sense of peace. In fact, it is one of the main reasons behind why I chose to make this house our home instead of any other that we’d seen when we moved years almost three years ago. I still remember the excitement I felt the first time I walked in and discovered this place… it seemed magical.

Right away, I could picture myself hanging around there on a nice summer day, possibly reading a good book as the breeze graced through gently. Or just sitting there gazing into the thick woods as the spring brought back greenery all around. Or having an amusing conversation with K while sipping on a cup of coffee. Or merely taking a nap, letting the lull of the afternoon lure me into a sweet slumber. Or lazing around there while the sun blazes down, listening to the songs of the million birds that seem to be chirping outside. Before I knew it, my mind drew up myriad possibilities of how I would enjoy living here and I leaped into my world of dreams.

After moving in, the first thing that we bought was a Hammock to hang in the back porch. Both of us had pretty much fallen for that idea as soon as it had taken shape months ago. So there was no question, no debating, no waiting. We went, we bought. Then we got back home and set it up, making it one of the most beloved and sought out corners of the home.

We spend quite some time there on warm hours of the year. Weekdays mostly are out of the question, unless we make it a point to get home early and relax before hitting the bed. Otherwise, we pass time there on all those weekends that we are not traveling one place or another, doing all that I’d imagined we’d one day do in that space, and more.

Lying down on the Hammock and letting the gust of wind weave a trance is delightful in its own way. I’ve splurged hours there, in that cozy corner, reading on numerous evenings. Friends have joined us, now and then, to unwind… clicking of beer bottles as everyone settles in, crackling of the milk that boils in the kitchen getting ready for coffee or tea to be prepared, playing music to create a pleasant milieu, echoing of laughter as someone tells a joke… those walls have seen a lot of happiness being shared in various occasions.

Last year, once tickets were reserved and I eagerly awaited everyone’s arrival, I started envisioning the times they might spend in the back porch. I wanted them to bask in the glory of the porch as much as we had done so far. Perhaps they will come to appreciate this little area and use it during the day as and when they pleased. I hoped that it would give me chance to write and add chapters to the memory book that I held so dear. That space, however, went mostly unnoticed during the months of their stay.

Daylight hours were consumed indoors by completing chores or by watching tv or by going for walks on a nearby trail. And evenings and weekends we mostly traveled, leaving little time to none to spend at home. The only stint that they opened the door to the porch for was when it was an especially hot day and they saw an opportunity to use the sunlight to dry clothes. K and I pushed the idea of sitting there and relaxing every now and then, but after a few nods it was instantly forgotten.

So, one evening, as soon as we came home, K declared that we would have that night’s dinner on the porch. While the idea was met with a little resistance, we got each person to agree soon after and preparations were made. Everything was setup on the little table outside and we all gathered around, with plates in hand. It wasn’t easy to fit in so many people in that space, but it wasn’t impossible either. We adjusted, we settled and we started dinner. Conversations went on and on, as they did on most of the nights during supper. All of us were having a good time.

Suddenly, I realized I hadn’t carried the keys out with me. With colossal optimism that someone else remembered to get the keys with them, I looked at my SIL and presented my question without anyone else noticing. All that hope for nothing; it was hanging on a thin rope and the rope gave away. Before she could mouth her answer to me, her eyes, lucidly, conveyed that she doesn’t have it either. Quiet still, as to not panic the elders, we both looked at K, and let him know that we were possibly locked out of the house. While he sat there conjuring brilliant plans to get us in, I walked over to the door, again with big fat hope sitting on thin slab of glass, and tried to open it, expecting it to not resist… who knows, maybe the knob on the inside wasn’t turned to lock position before the door was closed. Alas, that effort was rather otiose.

And now everyone knew.

I tried picking the lock with a hairpin that someone had handy, which didn’t work. In those few minutes, K let me and SIL know that he left the big glass leading to the living room unlocked, and he could get in from there if it came down to that. So, now with the escape plan was now established amongst the three of us, K decided to hold on to it and not let the others know that there was a strategy in motion.

There was not as much dread as I expected, but a few of them, especially the ones who challenged the dinner plan in the first place, were now extra eager to get into the house. Points were thrown around as to what could be done – what about spare keys, wouldn’t any of your friends have one? how about calling the police, would they be able to help? well, we can easily do what police may do if we were to call them – break the glass on the door above the lock and unlock, we will be in, shall we do that? what about getting in through one of the windows, would we be able to pry it open?

We let continue the discussion into despair. How so callous of us, right? Some of them were certain K had a plan in mind and hence he was quiet and not participating in offering suggestions, while the others were sure we were doomed and would spend the night freezing outside. And it went on like this for a sometime, panic was starting to strike hard.

A few of them were so keen on charting a fail proof plan to execute soon that they missed K walking out of the porch into the backyard to enter the house through the unlocked door to the family room. And only when we saw him walk towards the porch door from inside that we all came back to normal and started to calm down.

Each second leading up to the end was well worth it, even though not every last person who had dinner with us on the porch that night may agree. It was super intense, but it was equally entertaining, at least to some of us.

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  1. #1 by Revs on March 17, 2015 - 3:59 pm

    Show me a picture of this place from different angles please?

    added some photos to the post now 🙂

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  2. #2 by Arch on March 17, 2015 - 11:43 pm

    oh wow! Your back porch sounds like a lovely place. You’ve already had an adventure there too. 🙂
    They make great memories, isn’t it? 🙂

    yeah 🙂

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    • #3 by Arch on March 20, 2015 - 2:59 am

      Did you update the pics later? Or did I miss them the last time? o_O
      Beautiful it looks!

      yes i put them up later. 🙂

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  3. #4 by Deboshree on March 18, 2015 - 1:49 am

    You have written this so beautifully that I feel I am in the back porch right now, the wind on my cheeks. Absolutely lovely!

    thank you!

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  4. #5 by Bikramjit on March 18, 2015 - 3:41 am

    He he he I enjoyed that little adventure. . But hey food was enjoyed. .
    And now everyone will remember the porch..

    that’s true 🙂

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  5. #6 by sumispoke on March 18, 2015 - 10:51 am

    I’d like to see this back porch. A photograph, perhaps?

    sure. i’ve now included a few snaps 🙂

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  6. #7 by greenboochi on March 18, 2015 - 11:30 am

    Oh wow it is indeed a beautiful porch! 🙂

    🙂

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  7. #8 by popgoesthebiscuit on March 18, 2015 - 7:06 pm

    Its lovely!!The hammock, oh the hammock!! That alone would be enough for me to camp out in your back porch

    if you’re ever around this area, you’re more than welcome to stop by 🙂

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  8. #9 by celestialrays on March 18, 2015 - 7:27 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this corner! I couldn’t imagine a space like this in London’s matchbox-architecture 😀

    🙂

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  9. #10 by Jay on March 26, 2015 - 10:14 pm

    That’s a lovely porch

    thanks

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  10. #11 by Jay on March 26, 2015 - 10:15 pm

    Sorry, prematurely clicked the post comment button.

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  11. #12 by chennairamblings on April 6, 2015 - 11:28 pm

    That porch looks like bliss! And with that story, now you have even more awesome memories you can laugh at down the years!

    true 🙂

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  12. #13 by Mi on May 28, 2015 - 9:09 am

    Looks so cosy and homey.. Beautiful place!

    😊

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  13. #14 by Deepa on September 4, 2015 - 11:55 am

    Beautiful space you have there … Could lie there lazily all day with a book!

    Nice write up … though I can imagine the elders :)))

    Thank you

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  14. #15 by Avada Kedavra on November 27, 2015 - 1:45 am

    Hey Titaxy, where have you been? Long time no posts.
    Btw I changed my blog url. New url is http://bookishmuggle.com/

    Hey thank you for letting me know the new url.

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