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

A Mothers Place is in the Shed



I’m the proud owner of my very own girl shed, workshop, studio, call it what you will: once it was a stable, and whilst we never kept a horse in it, we did keep a cow. Then it housed the lawn mower and Mr Uphilldowndale’s tools, and such like: now it has light, heat, hot and cold running water. The walls are smooth plaster over super cuddly insulated plasterboard.  Mr uphilldowndale has sourced a very nifty device which uses surplus electricity from our solar panels to heat it. I’m as snug as a bug in a rug, and very content.

The idea is that it  is my space for anything creative, my sewing machine, fabric and wool, the paints, inks and pencils that I seem to spend more time choosing than using.

I’m not fully settled in yet, but I had to unpack some treasures I’ve had stashed away since we cleared Mums house, a tobacco jar from my Dad’s garage, button boxes and bobbins, sort of a little still life arrangement, cum mothers day shrine, if you will; with some beautiful catkins. 

Mothersday collection

It was soothing to arrange a few things, simply for the pleasure of it, an antidote to the kitchen perhaps? (Heather would understand)

Kitchen Spud and Jammy 

I’m really not sure what I shall do in my new space. But I shall get creative and enjoy myself. (Did anyone watch The Big Painting Challenge on BBC2 tonight? Ouch those judges were savage… probably put more people off trying art than it encouraged. Shame.)

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.

10 thoughts on “A Mothers Place is in the Shed

  1. What a lovely space for you to have! Enjoy!

  2. The judges were a bit mean, I agree.

    I am very envious of your ‘shed’. I hope that some landscape photo processing will go on there.

  3. Your space is so impressive, i look forward to seeing more.

  4. It certainly looks like a great room for being crafty. Or for hanging out 🙂
    I’m pretty bad about buying craft supplies and then just keeping them. Hrm…

  5. I do miss Spud’s Sunday Eneving soliloquies!

  6. evening I mean

  7. *jealous*

    My long term plan is to build a passivshed – like a passivhaus but a bit cheaper.

  8. Lucky you, I’m sure that that you’ll make good creative use of it. xx

  9. Hello, what’s happened to your Aga? Gone in the modernisation of the property? I love the still life. I have a little space like that reserved for my cousin and her husband who passed away last year. Yes, it is soothing.

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