Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

First Floor Office



I’m not very good at settling down and cracking on with some work when there are distractions around, I just can’t shut out background noise very easily and other peoples phone conversations derail my train of thought. So a couple of weeks ago Joe and I hauled some furniture around and made me a little private space, the box room is now my office, my very own padded cell: I’ve got a pen tidy, a pot plant and an angel-poise lamp, my books on the book case and of a pair of binoculars and the camera, you see my new ‘office’ has  a view over the pond, it’s a bit of a distraction. I can watch the heron basking (and panting) in the sun.

Panting Heron

as I looked on, it stalked the edge of the pond and then made  a dramatic ‘belly flop’ dive into the centre of the pond, I missed the shot,

Half a heron

but I’ll be ready next time.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “First Floor Office

  1. I would be more than happy in such an office if I had a view like that!
    I also think that with binoculars and camera to hand I’d not get a lot of work done! xx

  2. Every woman needs ‘a room of one’s own’ and I’m delighted to hear that you have one at last. I don’t know how you’ve managed without for all this time. I have a room that is pretty much my own office, but … the computer doesn’t work so what use is that?!!! Otherwise it was just like yours with a pot plant, a bookcase and a view of the pond. Heaven!

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