Sunday Writing Prompt 18th February

Posts on this week’s topic may well give an insight to the ways people live, or how they perceive their homes as an extension of themselves perhaps.
For today’s prompt, we are to take a photo of an area inside of our living space and relate that area to some aspect of our inner self  (full details below)

Photo: Lounge area on our narrowboat taken March 2017

Having lived on a boat for three years, whilst we had intended to downsize, we hadn’t anticipated downsizing to live in a thimble!  Once we got used to it though, cramping of one’s style was never an issue as we had everything we needed aboard and it was an opportunity to get rid of the clutter we had hoarded over twenty something years together.
Moving back into a house though we had space to fill, and once the important things (like a new boiler, bed and furniture!) were taken care of, Hubby insisted we splash out.
Photo: ‘my corner’ in our lounge

Welcome to my domain.
It has everything I need, a chair, my jumper, that all important cup of tea, my mobile phone, handbag, laptop, stool, and Maggie curled up on her cushion.
Oh, and that big black thing. Now that is an important part of my life again.
Unlike the purchase of my upright piano taking the entire house decorating budget in 1998, this one is a modest digital instrument.
Having been without a keyboard since 2013, it’s nice to have one again.
The old favourites sound the same, bum notes and all, and I can express myself as I used to. Music has always been my safety valve.
This baby has headphones like my Clavinova 7 did (another Yamaha keyboard I owned 1984 to 1995) and a volume control so I can have it as loud, or as soft, as I wish and no-one will hear me. Yay!!

Bet you thought that as I love to cook, I was going to use a picture of the kitchen.
Well…………………. so as not to disappoint………..

Photos: boat kitchen March 2017 and house kitchen Sept 2017.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt 18th February

  1. Your new home is lovely. But the boat was lovely, too. It’s just that now you have a little more room for all that loveliness. You did good.

    • Thank you! We think so. It was a bit more than we’d hoped to pay, but it ticked a lot of boxes and has turned out to be cosy and warm, The neighbours are nice and of course we have the beach.

  2. What a lovely little area for yourself! I love my office. It is bright and has all my things in it I need for writing. Sometimes, it has too much stuff (I’m looking at you, Schooner, when you can’t stay calm and therefore pester me).

  3. Both beautiful and honestly it speaks of your adaptability which is a fabulous trait to have. Feel free to include piano music into the prompts if you like, we encourage all forms of creative expression. We lived in a tiny apartment in the city and I had to organize everything very carefully so we would have access to everything and have space to move around in. My husband is all about accessibility and wants everything within reach at all the times. He has a lot of hobbies and we also have a child. We bought a large house in the country and it was so empty in the beginning because we had very little furniture and I had gotten into the practice of carefully storing everything to maximize space so I have faced a similar transition. Our house is coming a long now, bit by bit. I probably like having the least amount of stuff of all 3 of us.

    • Thank you! When we were househunting, we saw several large properties and having next to nothing, we had to think about furnishing and heating it! We’re pleased with this one, though a garage or outbuilding would be nice so that Hubby could set up a workshop for his hobbies and give him some personal space, It may still happen! It was fun looking out second hand furniture, though we discovered in some instances it was cheaper to buy new!

      • We bought a new furnace, super energy efficient but our house though pretty big (not by American standards) is very well insulated and so is not that expensive to heat, that was a big thing for use because we live in a cold climate. We often shop 2nd hand and we were also given a lot of hand me downs from the family which we are replacing as money allows.. Hubby now has a garage/workshop and is working on some wardrobes excited to see! Sometimes 2nd hand does cost more. I admit Ikea is probably the cheapest option here, because other furniture stores here sell similar quality but a lot more expensive so furniture has been tough.

      • We bought our bed mattress from Ikea and if we had the space and means to bring it home (our little car doesn’t take much to fill) we could have spent a fortune! WE got a coffee table and pressure cooker for the boat, and they’re still going strong!

      • I love our pressure cooker, though I have never used it. My husband makes amazing food with it though. Ikea is very practical lol

      • Perfect for our three day stew.

  4. Vivian Zems says:

    A cute small space. It goes to show that we don’t need mansions to be happy!😊

  5. A room of your own! How wonderful. You reminded me of the children’s book “A Squash and a Squeeze” – when you come from a boat, I guess anywhere feels enormous at first. And then, of course, we get used to the space…

  6. scifihammy says:

    You have made both places your Home 🙂 I like both your boat and new house. 🙂

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