'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 6 June 2010


... that people who want to spend all their day painting and making art shouldn't live in 120-year old houses set on large sections with lots of trees. In autumn.


  1. Hmm... early summer in England can be just as bad, if you've ignored the garden for months!LOL :)

  2. How so? (...perhaps not so _latantly o_vious after all, or do you mean there's lots of other work that needs doing besides spending all day painting and making art...rather a pedestrian point of view, though...and yet you certainly make a good point. I'm conflicted now, and it's all your fault.)

  3. Yes Jinksy, summer and the bursting growth includes weeds too I guess! But I have a trillion leaves. Damp, rotting leaves. There's lawn under there somewhere.

    Robert, when I first saw this lovely charming villa, I knew it was 'me'. But the wise agent said 'is this a good purchase for a solo mother with three young children?'. I bought it anyway, and it WAS a great place for the kids to grow up in, and there always seemed to be time for the garden, and somehow I found the money for the re-piling and replacing the rotten boards and the paint and plaster for doing-up the rooms one by one. But now I have gone back to 'school', I seem to spend all my time and money on art-y things! And bits are starting to need doing up again...

    Actually, I don't know if I have actually mentioned this, but I have been studying the last two years. And am now *only* about 2 1/2 years away from a Masters in Fine Arts.- my goal.

  4. Stick with it!
    We're in a similar situation too, living in a nice small house in the country with (too much) land and (too much) work but wouldn't give it up for the world - lots of our friends live in flats (with hired cleaners!) with 90% less "hassle", but, I believe, 90% less enjoyment too...... though there are days when you have to choose between painting/weeding/tidying/fixing or reading/playing/studying, but ...it's worth it.

  5. Ah. It is indeed a good life, Brian. But I bought this sixteen years ago... now the children have one by one been trickling away each to university. I still LOVE the place, but unless I open a B&B (now that's an idea), there's just me most of the time...