My Workspace Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Workspace Blog Hop. When the lovely Teagan asked me if I’d like to be tagged for this, I was happy to agree. I love the space where I work, and I’m thrilled to share it with you.

I have a long, narrow room, which was originally part of Douglas Bland Artist’s studio. My mother had it converted into a cottage about ten years ago; she couldn’t face going into it as it brought back so many memories of my dad. I feel privileged to be enjoying the space, and trust that his spirit approves.

This is what the cottage looks like from the main house.

Looking towards from big house

Come through the door guarded by Sophie Cat. The fresco on the outside wall, a copy of Botticelli’s Madonna with the Book, was originally painted by my father.

Garden door

Inside, on the left, there’s a Chinese cabinet given to us by hubby’s mum. Through the door next to it, you’ll find our bedroom and a bathroom. Upstairs, we have a large living-room, a toilet, and a store-room. Downstairs, there’s a kitchen, a shower-room, and a utility room. Super-cozy and plenty big enough for the two of us. When guests visit, we put them up in the main house.

Chinese cabinet

On the right, there’s a chair where the cats like to sit and supervise me while I’m writing.

Sophie on chair

Charlie on chair

In winter, my wood-burning stove keeps me toasty-warm.


Here’s my desk.


I’m not in any danger of getting “writers’ ass” when the weather is cooler and the garden door is closed; the cats expect their “slave” to get up and let them in and out.

Charlie at door

Sophie at door

Opposite the garden door, a window overlooks the valley below. There’s an ancient church, Santa Giustina, which dates back to the 12th Century. Monte Grappa rises up behind and generally has a dusting of snow in the winter months.

View in Winter

There was a gorgeous sunset the other night.


I love my workspace, especially looking through the door at the cherry blossom in spring and the lush garden in summer. Oh, and the deer that sometimes come down to graze on the bank behind.

Cherry blossom

View from garden door


Hope you enjoyed the visit 🙂

17 thoughts on “My Workspace Blog Hop

  1. You must win the prize for best writing space…ever and when you leave your sanctury and go out you get to see your father’s wonderful Botticelli’s Madonna. Perfect!


  2. What a cute and inspiring workspace you have. I can imagine your beautiful words being banged out in your office. Who could ask for more? I don’t have a dedicated workspace, so I’m glad you shared yours.


  3. Dear Siobhan — i knew this post would be well worth the wait! So inspiring. And your breathtaking views truly are a part of your workspace. This visit was a delight for me; such a treat. And of course i adore your little supervisors. 😀 ❤ Mega-hugs!


  4. You are a gracious host to a spectacular home. I think if I lived there I would be too busy daydreaming from the window to write anything. 🙂


  5. Reblogged this on Siobhan Daiko and commented:

    I’m reblogging this since the lovely Alex Martin has agreed to pick up the batten and write a blog about her workspace. Alex Martin grew up in Wiltshire and its rich and ancient tapestry informs her novel, DAFFODILS. It is set in World War One, a time when the role of women changed forever. The story follows Katy, a young, naive and restless domestic servant who through personal tragedy, courage and intelligence, transforms her life and finds the adventure she always craved. She just never knew the price would be so high…
    The sequel, PEACE LILY, is now published and takes the characters into the aftermath of the Great War. They have to find a new way to live in a world in which they have changed and yet the old power struggles remain. A third book, Speedwell, is planned to quickly follow and will complete the trilogy – for now.
    The Twisted Vine, Alex Martin’s debut novel, is based on personal experience of picking grapes in the 1980s. Harvesting vines is like harvesting words – hard work but fun.

    Alex Martin is also a qualified herbalist and aromatherapist (see She loves nature so much she relies on it for her health and happiness and dispenses its treasures to others. This does not pay well. Not in financial terms.
    She has turned to her keyboard, her first love, for another source of income. She can mostly be found, scribbling or tapping away in her garden shed, indulging that passion, as the wind and rain lash at her little refuge.You’ll have to pop over to blogspot to connect with Alex at

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