Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Scene of the Blog Featuring Jackie of Farm Lane Books!

Jackie has one of my favorite book blogs. In this case, her blog isn't one of my favorites because we share the same taste in books or we've joined the same reading challenges or that we even live in the same country and have the same outlook on the larger scheme of things.

Why is Jackie's blog one of my favorites? Simply because she makes me think. Farm Lane Books has a clean, uncluttered look that makes the content very easy to find. It's a friendly and thoughtful place, and one that encourages stimulation of the grey matter. I always enjoy my frequent visits there. I like the insights she provides in her reviews, and I wish I had her talent for thought-provoking questions.

Not familiar with Jackie and Farm Lane Books? I sincerely hope that you'll make a point of stopping by and saying hello!

Let's take a look at Jackie's blogging space. Don't forget that you can click on each photo to view it full size.

I am lucky to have a nice big desk to blog from. The space means that it always ends up with piles of books on it. They quickly get out of control and I have to move them before they fall over!

The best thing about my desk is that my husband installed the screen from our old computer so I have the ability to see two screens at once. I thought it was a waste of time at first, but now I couldn't be without it. I generally have Tweetdeck open on the other screen so that I can see tweets coming in all day, but it is also useful for writing blog posts as I can write the post on one screen and have other sites open on the other for easy reference.

If I turn my chair around I can look out of the big patio windows and see my back garden. I have included a picture of it covered in snow. I'm not a fan of gardening, so it is lucky that the house already had a wonderfully mature garden when we moved in about 4 years ago. I do enjoy eating all the raspberries, apples, plums and other fruit from the garden though. I'm looking forward to the weather warming up a bit so I can spend more time outside.

I really like Jackie's blogging space, from the L-shaped desk to the two monitors to the wallpaper glowing softly on the walls. My husband switched me over to a two-monitor setup. I, too, thought it would be a waste of space and of time. Like Jackie, I have discovered just how useful two monitors are, and I would never willingly switch back to one!

I know that many of you are probably sick of snow, but to me it is a novelty. I love Jackie's view outside her window. There's something Zen-like about a garden in winter, and Jackie's garden is a prime example. Perhaps she'll humor us and post a photo of her view in spring? We can only ask and hope.

Editor's Note: IT WORKED! Here's Jackie's garden now. Ah, England in spring! Isn't it lovely?

Thank you so much for sharing your creative space with us, Jackie. We certainly appreciate it!

Who will be featured next week on Scene of the Blog? Stop by to find out!


  1. What a fun feature - I hadn't come across it before, but I follow Jackie's blog and she mentioned it. I love seeing her desk!

  2. I agree with verity, this is a great feature. Like her, I came across it through Jackie's blog.

    I have to admit that Jackie's desk looks a lot less cluttered than mine. And I never though about how useful 2 monitors might be!

  3. Thank you so much for the kind words!

    It is great to know that I am not the only one to have discovered the benefits of two monitors - husbands do sometimes have great ideas :-)

  4. snow is a novelty to me too, love the backyard view. All I can see from my window is another building :)

    Love your space Jackie...

  5. I use 2 screens at the office. I wish I could have 3! Lol. At home I have to be happy with my one screen laptop though.

    Nice feature!

  6. Wow...two screens would be fantastic to have!!! Love the blog space with the large desk and great view. Now, off to investigate your blog!!!

  7. Verity, It is great that I've introduced you to a wonderful new blog!

    Iris, My desk is a lot more cluttered today - I'd be ashamed to show a photo of its current state :-)

    Violet, I don't get much snow either :-(

    Mee, LOL! Not sure I need 3, but perhaps I should give it a try?!

    Kara, Thanks! I hope you like my blog :-)

  8. I love all the room you have on the desk! I wish I had 2 monitors, but alas I only have 1 right now.

  9. Really interesting to see how Jackie blogs. I have also followed her blog as long as yours more or less.

  10. Verity-- I'm glad you like the feature. Another book blogger once referred to it as satisfying our "inner Peeping Tom." Whenever I see the name "Verity", I want to check to see how many Virago classics I have on my shelves. :)

    Iris-- I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks for that excellent link, Readers by Author. :)

    Jackie-- You're quite welcome. My husband has wonderful ideas all the time, but don't tell him I said that. ;)

    Mee-- Thanks for stopping by to check out Jackie's space. I hope Denis doesn't see this comment about 3 monitors because I can just see his third suspended from the ceiling in here!

    Dorte-- Yes, Jackie's blog is one of my favorites.

  11. Another fun time peeking in on someone's space. I love that view outside her window no matter what the season,

  12. Wow Jackie, did you clean up the piles from your desk just for us? LOL! It looks like a really nice space to work in. I love your spring garden, it looks so lovely!

  13. Beautiful space and fantastic garden. I would love to have that view!

  14. Kris, Sometimes I wish I only had 1 - twitter can be a big distraction :-)

    Margot, I am lucky to have such a good garden - especially since I'm so bad at gardening!

    Teddy, How did you guess?! LOL! Yes, my desk is normally quite untidy - I really should get it back to how it was in the photo again!

    Beth, Thanks!

  15. What a beautiful view! I'm going to have to check out Jackie's blog.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  16. I am not sure I could blog in a corner, especially with that garden behind me.

  17. I love the winter and spring photos of the garden! I hadn't ever really considered having two monitors, but would love to have something like that for tweetdeck, because I just tend to not use it at this point.

  18. Alyce-- Even if I used Twitter for more than a news-gathering service, I would still find Tweetdeck too unwieldy. I just don't have the time or the desire to spend hours tweeting like many people seem to have.

  19. Love JAckie's clean desk and her garden, with snow and in full bloom!


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