The new January Squares challenge, hosted as ever by Becky, the Queen of Squares,  is all about ____light. That’s words ending in light. In this often dull month light of any kind is what we all need to lift our spirits as we wait impatiently for spring to begin. Click on the link to find out more.


fanlight (noun) = A fanlight is a window, often semicircular or semi-elliptical in shape, with glazing bars or tracery sets radiating out like an open fan. It is placed over another window or a doorway

January Squares | Day Seventeen

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

22 thoughts on “Fanlight”

  1. These are very elegant. 🙂 🙂 I don’t know why but the word always makes me think ‘Fanny by gaslight’. Can’t help my strange ways. But that’s another light word!

    1. PS apparently they were so named as they were designed as ventilation as well as a light source. The idea being you could easily open them above a door and let in air or let kitchen smells out.

      1. Mmm… makes sense but these ones definitely don’t open. Actually the flat we lived in had fanlights above the internal doors which allowed light to flood into the internal hallway. They are a good idea.

    1. I like word challenges and this has certainly made me think! I made a list of words ending in light and then worked through my folders to see if I had anything that fitted. Nice to dig out some of the older stuff that I have never used.

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