Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I have my head down trying to address my editor's revision suggestions, which I know will make my current ms much better. But sometimes hacking your work to pieces and rebuilding it again can be very hard. Not that I'm precious about my work -- it's more the mental gymnastics involved. Writing a first draft is fun -- mostly. I write instinctively a lot of the time and hope for the best. But afterwards, fixing up a book can feel like a very difficult maths problem. Don't ask me why -- it just does. And at these times I feel like Winnie the Pooh, a Bear of Very Little Brain.
But I haven't forgotten my lovely blog visitors. Some of you are probably wondering when I'm going to show pictures of the inside of our house, as you know we've been working on it for years, slowly changing a six by six shed into an unashamedly romantic country cottage. I promise I'll have pics very soon.
 But here's a taste.This is a photo I showed last year when we busily painting. (We're still painting, actually. E's just finished the bathroom.)
Below you can see what this window looks like now with furniture in situ. I promise the photos in future will be more exciting than this. :)

Would you believe, we still don't have our ensuite bathroom plumbed? Everything's just sitting there, looking gorgeous, and waiting to be used. It's been so wet this year the plumber hasn't been able to dig up the ground to sink pipes and pits, or whatever. But we're booked in for the first week in May. Too late for our Easter and May weekend visitors. (sigh) But before my Roadshow visitors. Phew.


2paw said...

I love the way the light shines through the window onto the little table. It is very clever decorating!!
It's been wet everywhere, hasn't it?? And just after all the years of drought.
I think it is always more difficult to fix something up. I have trying to 'fix' sewing or knitting. It's much easier to start again!!
I am sure your visitors will not care one jot about the ensuite!!

Barbara Hannay said...

Oh, I like the comparison with knitting and sewing. It's not dissimilar. In many ways, writing's just another craft.

Miss Bougie said...

I love your wooden furniture set off by the white walls and siena tiles on the floor.
Funnily we do have similar tastes. Our walls are white and the furniture is mainly "merisier", cherrywood. As we live in a flat we do not have tiles but honey coloured parquet floor with persian rugs in red tone.

I wouldn't worry too much about the time you take to decorate your new home - "home" being the operative word. A home needs to grow slowly. You need get to feel the mood of the house by living in it for a certain period of time. And it also avoids costly decorating disasters.:)

In the end your home is all YOU.

Barbara Hannay said...

Brigitte, it seems our tastes do match. One other detail I would love to add to our place is a Persian rug or two -- and yes, probably in reddish tones.

Love the sound of your "merisier". We have a lot of different timbers, which probably isn't great decorating, but we're not too worried.

It's an absolutely gorgeous day outside, but I'm still beavering away at my revisions. Am just hoping it will still be sunny when they're done.