Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago, I was tagged by Sherri Matthews, over at A View From My Summerhouse, for the ‘My Workspace Blog Hop’. I hadn’t known Sherri for very long when she tagged me for this blog hop and I remember how very pleased and honoured I felt that she had thought of me when I read her list of nominees.
Sherri is a beautiful writer, her posts always ooze happiness and friendship and, the day I left my first comment on one of her posts, she welcomed me with open arms to her blogging community. She is currently writing her memoirs and I’ve read a few snippets, which she has shared on her blog, and have already ordered my signed copy of her book. Sherri was the one who first mentioned ‘blog burnout’ to me and even though I’ve seen many blogs come and go over the time I have been here on WordPress, it wasn’t until she mentioned it that I realised it was happening. Basically, it refers to bloggers who give up blogging, for whatever reason, within the first two years.
In the Workspace Blog Hop I get the chance to show you where I sit and do most of my writing. However, the ideas I often get for a blog post or a short story don’t usually happen in the place I write.
As it’s only the two of us that live here, along with our pet dog, Toby, we are lucky enough to have been able to turn one of the bedrooms into a study. There is a sofa bed in the room just incase we ever do need it and, as you can see from the photo, it is occupied by rather a lot of soft toys, mostly Harrods Christmas Bears which my partner, John, has given me every Christmas since 1993, the year we met. The bears are not all in the photo, and I don’t think it will be long before they will need their own room.
The desk I use sits right behind the only window in the room and although the house is situated on a what can be a busy road during rush hours in the week, beyond it we have what Toby likes to call his garden, which is Hove Recreation Ground. Lots of sport is played in the Recreation Ground all year-long and, when I took the photo earlier today, there was a game of ladies rugby being played. In a month’s time the rugby posts will be taken down and the cricket season will start. It has been known for Toby to run across the cricket field (or is it a pitch?) during play, much to my embarrassment, but fortunately just beyond Hove Recreation Ground is Hove Park where he can meet up with his doggy pals and have a good run around and play.
Now I do spend a lot of time in this room, and John often complains that he can’t get anytime to get on the computer himself, but lately he’s taken to sitting in the kitchen and using a laptop. I don’t like a cluttered desk, so as you can see there is not a lot on it, and that is how I like it. To me an uncluttered desk gives me an uncluttered mind, so I am able to sit and write freely. Very often Toby will sit or lay under the desk and peer out the window while I am bashing away at the keyboard. This is also the place I read, like and comment on the blogs I follow. I’ve learnt not to comment using my iPhone or iPad because of some of the embarrassing predicted grammar and word mistakes I’ve submitted. I’d rather use the desktop computer to comment and write.
I mentioned earlier that most of my ideas for writing do not come to me in this room. They usually come in what some would say are strange places to have ideas, such as in front of the ironing board, in the local supermarket, while loading/unloading the dishwasher, or even in the middle of the night when having to go and spend a penny.
Finally, I need to tag a few of you for the workspace blog hop, but remember, there is no obligation whatsoever. I always find it so difficult knowing who to tag, but here is one lovely crew, all lovely blogging friends whom I’m delighted to introduce:
Thank you for letting me show you around Hugh’s blog workspace, today. Are you ready for a cup of tea and maybe a jammy dodger or two with me now?
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