WP Daily Post: 29 December

You get to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?

I would love to have a proper reading and writing nook. I do most of my reading in the living room and often write on my laptop in there too. I also have my desktop computer which I have in the stairwell but there is barely room for me there let alone any books.

If I could have a book nook I’d definitely want a room with a view. A few years ago I looked after a house for some people I knew. They lived on a hobby farm in the Huon Valley. Their house had a big wraparound verandah which was a nice place to sit and read and admire the view. Indoors they had a window seat which I also enjoyed sitting on to read, I usually had to share it with the cat but that was fine.

In my previous homes I had a lot of bookshelves built into alcoves as well as freestanding book cases. They would usually be in a spare bedroom although in Geeveston we had a long wide passage which easily took three book cases.

My ideal reading and writing space would be a room with good natural light from a window with a nice view and good overhead lighting or lamps. I do like a well lit room. It would have a wall of shelves like I used to have or a row of bookcases with shelves to take different size books. My desk would be there with the computer and there would be cupboard space for pens, accessories and so on. I’d have a few favourite knick knacks on display and some pictures on the walls. Maybe I’d print some of my own favourite photos. My seat would be something where I could sprawl and stretch my legs out.

I’d want to use my room all year round, day or night so I’d need a heater for those chilly days and nights. Hopefully the room would be well insulated with high ceilings and I would not need air conditioning but I’d have it if I needed it. It would be a colourful room but relaxing to be in.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.