Hello 2018.

Hello, welcome back, did you survive Christmas? Did you manage a sprout or two? Good job, now rejoice in the fact that it’s January, it’s cold (if you are Northern Hemisphere) and I’m sat in a shed at the top of my garden wearing a woolly hat, a scarf and wrapped in a great big wool blanket.
I have a studio, it’s here, it’s built and it sits a soggy trudge up the garden right by the chickens. I’m currently listening to cluck ‘o clock right now. There’s a raucous coming from the hen- pen which means someone’s laid an egg. Hens do like to tell you when they’ve laid an egg, it’s a thing they do. They emerge from their hen house triumphant. (I do wonder if they compare egg sizes like we do babies birth weights).

cluck o clock
So yes, I have a shed, a space of my own, away from the house and requiring mum -head to be left at the door and me-head replaced once I enter. I’m ready surrounded by tea, pens, radio and dog and I haven’t the foggiest what to do. I’ve fought for years for space and time to do what I want and now I have it, I’m devoid of thought and my pen have been rearranged numerous times and are now in a neat little line which really isn’t me at all.
I’m sure something will come along soon.
While we’re all waiting for me to get my act together, here’s eleven ceramic owls that have found their way from the house to my shed and are sitting staring at me.
They are strangely hypnotic and I can’t help but wonder if there’s a hidden camera checking that I’m actually doing some work and not just nodding off in my chair against the little oil heater which is oh so warm.

owls lots of them


Posted on January 9, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Happppppppy New (ish) Year, Angie! Computer hasn’t let me leave you a message for aaaaaages, but maybe it will now! 12 owls?! The 12 Owls of Christmas or 1 for each month?! Either way, that’s a lot of owls, and yes they are definitely watching you! Turn their backs to the wall and listen to your chooks instead. You’re a bit like Roald Dahl now ( well, you’re a woman and alive), with your own shed- woooo hooo!(Not to be confused with “toowhit to whoo”).

    • Thank you Wendy, yes there are eleven, there is another few in our house which I’m sure will slowly gravitate to the safety of the shed! Happy New Year to you too. 😀

  2. Just reread your intro- only 11 owls- well, that’s a step in the right direction! xx

  3. Regardless of not knowing what to do, I think you’ve hit it perfectly! I feel more inspired because of how you’ve used your owls. Congratulations on having your own space. I too, understand the feeling of fighting for what’s yours and then not knowing what to do with it once you have it. Relish it first. The rest will come. Happy New Year!

  4. LMAO – you are sooo right about the hens!! HAHAHAHA They do love to share when they have laid an egg. I also love how the rest of the bunch loves to join in. 🙂

    • They do don’t they! It starts with one and then the rest get the idea to start up and before you know it, there’s a complete racket! I often go in with a handful of corn and that stops them (briefly) 😀

  5. Elizabeth Millinghausen

    Happy New Year! Here in Philadelphia it has been absurdly cold so I am dealing with blank slate distress as well as “my pen feels cold, so I am totally unmotivated”. Here’s how I get out of this: Take ink or watercolor–make splotch. Decide what splotch looks like, fill in the gaps and voila!

  6. Go Girl, Ba Baaaak!

  7. Happy 2018! Stay warm—here’s hoping a thaw is on its way.

  8. I have a shed, I have so many things to play with in there, and yet I often go in and move things around, its not really procrastination, its more meditative than that. My shed makes me very happy. I also have chickens, I’d like to know why chickens carry on so, it seems so counter intuitive for mother nature ‘look everyone here is my egg come and steal it!’.

  9. How wonderful to have your own creative space. Enjoy having your me-head back on 😊

  10. I wish I have my own creative space. An attic would be great.

  11. Send the eleven ceramic owls to play the Aussies in the next Ashes Test Series. They couldn’t do any worse.

  12. My garden shed is looking appealing as a new work space. We moved our office from the double bedroom to the box room and my double length corner desk has been replaced by a single desk tucked in the corner!

    I just wanted to say I like your blog so much I’ve recommended you for the Liebster Award!

  13. When our girls lay an egg we call it ‘doing the happy dance’! I think I would if I got an egg out. 😊

  14. So envious…I wish I had a shed to retreat to!

  15. I laughed because I have a hen too and she totally lets you know when she lays an egg. Proud girl!!

  16. Congrats on your own space! I am confident you will find yourself there and create amazing things. What a great way to start the New Year…Cheers! And thank you once again for the artistic inspiration!

  17. Its really great to have your own meditative personal space.. I do really wanted to have that on my own place but sadly I cannot build one since I am only renting a house..

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