This is my designated writing space within our tiny Cotswold’s cottage. It’s very different from my large study in Australia, but here in my new home in England, the cottage is so small that rooms have to be multi-purpose!
This is actually the sitting room - aka the freezer room - because in winter, it’s perishingly cold! That’s thanks to single-paned, stone mullioned windows that are a feature of Cotswolds stone houses. The photo looking out through the windows of my study-come-sitting room was taken by my dear friend and fellow author, Cathleen Ross, who recently came to stay. My writing space also doubles as a guest bedroom!
When sitting at my desk, I look out over fields, that I’ve been told by my elderly neighbour, were until recently grazed by cows. The cows have moved on as the farm they lived on has now been sold to someone wealthy who didn’t want cows in his back yard.
A few weeks ago, a beautiful horse with a long, impossibly thick, black tail lived in the field, but he’s moved on too. I’m not sure if this had something to do with the dandelions that were all over the place and perhaps give horses tummy upsets, but this is one of the many questions I ponder on as I look out my beautiful windows. Below the windows is a flower bed. At the moment it’s populated with poppies, their bright orange and pink heads waving in the breeze. Soon they’ll be replaced with the roses that are in bud.
I find this environment very relaxing. I’d like to say it’s inspiring, but I spend way too much time outside enjoying our garden and the sound of birdsong everywhere.
I loving English village life and maybe one day soon, I’ll set a book in a village like this. But then again, I’m not sure I could do it justice, unlike Jilly Cooper’s, The Man Who Made Husband’s Jealous, a fabulous read that got me wanting to live in an English village and here we are, seemingly decades later, doing just that.
So, back to the room, it has a fireplace we don’t use, but I think the jackdaws do judging by the amount of rubbish that comes down the chimney every now and again. I think I have to get a man to deal with that. It also houses an enormous television we brought with us from Australia, but never watch as we live in the snug in our kitchen next door. There’s a bookcase that looks as though the books will tumble out, a large, sectional sofa we also brought with us from Australia, that doubles as guest accommodation. The sofa sleeps three so it’s quite a good sized room, but since as the saying goes: “visitors, like fish, go off after three days”, I don’t encourage too much “visiting”! Cathleen of course being the exception.
I’ve been tempted to have the wall between this room and the snug/kitchen demolished, but it’s two feet thick and was built a hundred years ago of stone, plus, I hate to think of the dust that would ensue. It would also then create one less room in a very small house with very few rooms, so perhaps we’ll leave it as it is and find better solutions for heating it – like installing a wood-burning stove that miraculously loads itself. Yes! I can see that working - me, curled up on the big sofa, my feet tucked under a blanket, the fire blazing as I read someone else’s books - instead of writing my own!
To learn more about CC Coburn, please visit her website http://www.cccoburn.com/ Her next novel which is independantly published The Cowboy, The Cheat, His Ex-Wife and Her Vibrator releases this week -- available at all good ebook shops.