A while back a nurse student friend asked me if I needed a comfort zone when ‘back home’ from University and in hospital training placement. When away from University lectures and library facilities. Where did I go in order to study and learn in ‘local comfort’ in my home town? Make my way to the hospital library was, I thought, their imagined scenario. I did get literature from the hospital library. But……In reality it was ‘The Den’, which was a spare room in my house with a laptop for accessing literature and writing essays.
Sometimes a jaunt in the VeeDub Bus to the beach would be nice for reading a few medical books. But the need to access the internet for up to date information and the typed writing of essays too meant the Den was the primary choice for learning. Alongside the internet sources? A pile of books on shelves needed to learn various subjects for holistic nursing needs was associated too. Even when nurse qualified, ongoing learning and study gravitated to sitting in ‘The Den’.
In retirement I couldn’t bring myself to write blogs or planning in that same room. The Den reminds me of the intensity of learning for essential applied knowledge as a professional. When it gets redecorated and feels different altogether then I suppose I could well go back there. But currently, the dining table is a grand alternative place to type blog musings onto the iPad. And write stuff and nonsense or thoughtful reflections with pen and ink for pleasure. Read books? Mostly in the front room, in bed or out and about in the VeeDub or at a cafe table. I wondered how other bloggers wrote their blogs and sought comfort. A set place or simply ad hoc.
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So here in the above photographs is my mainstay. Usually write early hours of morning or later at night. Candlelight has been known. But if not, then ambient light is a must to get into the zone. No central blaring ceiling light. This here is obviously a staged set up photo snap of what surrounds when sitting and thinking up the typed nonsense produced. This stuff here, and a bit more or less inclusions is the general scenario. This alongside coffee, tea and cake or biscuits. And some music too.
Planned activities of housework, gardening, hobbies and essential getting life’s needs done during the daytime is still essential. But during blogs or simply reading or writing? It truly is lovely being retired!