A special blog for someone who will remain nameless, lets call her Betsy and anyone else who might just be wondering the same thing.
Where do I hang out when I am home?
Above is one corner of my studio, the corner I sit at the torch. My studio is in the garden under an enormous great tree that goes the most beautiful rustic reds in the Autumn. I get lots of Jays, Sparrows, Magpies, Robins, Pigeons the odd duck and bird of prey in that tree too.
I took all these photos this morning, Sunday February 14th 2016, its not tidy in my kitchen, or anywhere in the house really I have been poorly for a few weeks and my husband has worked nights all week so cleaning has been a bit lapse.
When on my laptop writing, loitering on FB, wrapping beads for sending as well as eating, cooking - ok watching the husband cook - lighting fires and a myriad of other tasks I am in the kitchen. My kitchen is a big room, the dinning table at one end and the pantry at the other. Three doors lead from the kitchen one to the utility room - no photos if the rest of the house is bad this room is strictly off limits! one to the pantry and the other by the fridge to the hall. The utility leads to a small shower room and a door takes you outside, this is the back door but is the front door as its most used and has the letter box. Like my life the house is a bit back to front and upside down, perfect living really.
So, photo above facing the dining table, as you can see Iz and Defi have had breakfast and their raised bowl stand will be put away in a minute... or two. Can you see the prone shape on the fire hearth?
The corner to the right of the dining table is where my book that I am currently writing is housed in a rather bespoke box that looks like an old encyclopedia, I love that box!
Facing the other end of the room, my rocking chair I stole from one brother who had stole it from our other brother.. they are twins and I am the eldest, I liked it, I pinched it, its been with me for about 20 years!
The door on the left is the pantry the other door leads to the room of doom, otherwise known as the utility room...shudders at visions of mud splattered walls and dirty laundry....
The third door from the kitchen takes you into the hall and the monolith that is Gordy Towers is across the front door that we don't use. A bookcase stands to the right and that is where the cats eat and the stairs take you to the bedrooms. I like the glass doors, we have this one and the one from the hall into the living room which is on the left of Gordy Towers: the glass is always covered in nose prints and dribble and although they are smeared and in need of constant cleaning I can spy on Gordy when he is playing by himself in the hall, in turn he can sit and sulk at the door to come in when he is banished at cooking times!
My living room, bit of a mess! this is the corner you could see from the door way and my 'end of the sofa' I have drawing pads, pencils, crochet hooks, yarn and fish tanks. I love my nursery fish tank on my old hexagonal table, one day I really will decorate this table in the style of the narrowboats. I have said that for the 15 years I have had it!!
Close up of the 'stuff' on my table and its all mine....
Stuffed between the fish tank and the sofa, filling for crochet toys, my bag of hooks and my sewing box my son brought me for Christmas that has my fine threads in that I will probably hoard for a few years before using and my toys eyes. NO ONE else in the house is allowed piles but I follow my own rules!
The fish tank and me still in my dressing gown and pj's!!
From the right of Gordy Towers in the hall, at the bottom of the stairs is a window that shows you the back of the garden. The house sits not quite in the middle of the gardens so we don't have a front and back but this is to the back of the house, just a corner mind the garden is a lovely big size, surrounded by fields and country lane. This is my studio shed under the big tree (right photo below) that is still quite bare. My garden is not at its finest and this part faces North so it does get the wind and rain.
The left hand photo was taken from the window in the living room at the front and shows my very impressive bamboo and my sons van that is actually in pieces!! Bloody kids!! I can't show you the other end of the drive that wraps around the house and takes you back to the kitchen and utility because to be quite honest its a mess of mud, cars, wood for the fire... Tucked in the bamboo is my bird table so I have some lovely movement and chirrping from this area.
Taken from the same window in the living room but pointing to the left of the garden, the sun was just rising this morning. This is the gate that leads out onto the lane, that telephone line that stretches the length of the lane quite often has big rooks, ravens, crows, magpies, pigeons, owls, red kite and many other beautiful birds sitting on it annoying Defi and making him bark!
Remember the prone figure from above? You guessed it just another morning protest at the lack of fire for his lordship!
...and on the table is the most recent copy of Gordy and Me in Cat World Magazine, I leave it there to remind the family what a fabulous writer I am and that I really need time to finish the book and do next months article.
This blog post is part of the Creative Sunday Blog Hop hosted by Jill of Kiln Fired Art