Sunday, 27 December 2015


Tonight – hooray, hooray! – the Badger finished making the wardrobe for my room. It is marvelous and delightful. It has no doors, because I think doors get in the way.

Now the room in question is six-and-a-half feet by nine feet n its dimensions; so, not large. The challenge has been to accommodate my belongings and leave room to write/sleep/read or just be, without feeling crowded or cluttered or overwhelmed.

I’ve tried various clothing permutations, and discovered that the truth is I do like a variety of garment choices. As well as radical differences in weather – from freezing cold to very hot at times, and the long stretches of wet wet wet, there are other considerations. Sometimes I have to look smart (not ‘clever’ – formal), sometimes ceremonial. Because of my floppy connective tissues, I firmly favour stretchy, soft and yielding clothes – anything tailored or resistant is too strong for me and makes me very tired, as do shoes made of any with the softest leather/fabric and the most flexible soles. And a lot of the time I am just at home being me, wearing the usual slob couture that suits the occupation.

I would like to prune my wardrobe somewhat, but am wary of dispensing with garments I later wish I’d kept and want to replace, for so now I’m keeping this lot as each item has its place and purpose.

Here is my room now. The wardrobe Badger made – ta-da!!

In case, like me, you wonder what the words are and the exact nature of things in your friends’ rooms, here’s the laundry bag on my door in close-up. I’d hate you to run away with the idea it just said ‘jealousy’ and ‘money’.

And here is the rest of it.

My floor bed under the window. My father had that tall candle-stick, but it was a table lamp with a big shade when he had it. The Badger made my bedside table. Our Hebe crocheted the blanket (you can only just see the corner), and the patchwork cushion made from old saris was hers.

The view from where I sit. My father had the little wall shelves in his shed. The Badger had the tall shelves in his shed. I wrote some of those books on the shelves. Most of the rest are for praying and preaching.

Close-ups for the nosy. Bernard, my husband who died, made the little cinnabar red shelves, and Alice and Hebe painted them. The Badger made the seat/table beside them.

The wall I lean against. Our Alice crocheted that cushion. My friend Margery painted the picture. The sconce is Scandinavian – Swedish, I think. I wrote the lettering on the wall and our Hebe painted it for me.

The sign that speaks into my life – ‘Set your house in order’ – that our Alice painted for me.


Deborah said...

I am coveting the bookcase you have on your wall. :-D I need something like that.

Pen Wilcock said...

My father's shed shelves! Yes, I like them too. It's my favourite kind of furniture - small, tucks out of the way, but good storage.



Deborah said...

Very lovely :-D

Julie B. said...

I loved all the details of your cozy room. I didn't know you had penciled in the lettering on the wall -- so whimsical and thoughtful. The Badger did a fantastic job as well. xoxo

Pen Wilcock said...

Hello, my friend! Waving! May 2016 bring healing and hope and peace. xx

Rapunzel said...

Oh, I DO like your lovely Badger-made wardrobe. Excellent work, your nosy pals afar are thankful for the peek!

Pen Wilcock said...

Thank you - yes, I'm delighted with it. Just the ticket. And I like being able to see my clothes (no doors), as I keep them under constant review to work with the minimum I can get away with without feeling the need for further purchases.

I'm enjoying seeing the pics of your place on Facebook, too. x

BLD in MT said...

What a wonderful space you've made for yourself. So simple and homemade and sparking with wonder and connection to the past. Seems just lovely for you. Its nice the Badger is so handy and can make these things for you!

Pen Wilcock said...

:0) xx

rebecca said...

Count me among "the nosy" - and thank you very much for the peek into your most functional and orderly room! (Happy New Year, too.)

Pen Wilcock said...

Happy New Year to you, too, my friend xx

Unknown said...

I just finished The Hardest Thing to Do, and was delighted to discover three more books in the series! Today a friend wrote asking for fiction recommendations, and I was happy to direct her to The Hawk and the Dove series. Keep up the good work.

Pen Wilcock said...


Thank you.

This series went into a new edition last year. At present, the are 6 books out. Vols 7 and 8 come out in March this year (well, end of Feb) and Vol 9, the last story in the series, will be out at the end of July.