Wonderful photos of being a parent, of books well-loved in childhood, beautiful endpapers, tips on collecting rare books, and-- of course-- book reviews of an eclectic and interesting mix of genres. I also happen to love the quote Cath has on her Twitter profile: "Making Dorothy Parker roll in her grave since 2009."
Haven't visited Constance Reader? Please take this opportunity to do so, and don't forget to say hello while you're there. I have a feeling you're going to enjoy Cath's blog as much as I do!
Are you visiting from Constance Reader? Welcome! If you'd like to see any of Cath's photos in larger sizes, just click on them, and they'll open in new windows. If you'd like to see the blogging spaces of other participants in this weekly feature, click on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header. You'll find two ways to search: by blog name or by location. Now let's have Cath start the tour!
|Cath's vintage 1930s desk|
I work at home, and so I have a dedicated work space, which I share with my 11-month-old daughter, Lulu. But I don't like to blog in the same place where I work. Blogging is fun for me, a stress-reliever, and so I like to have my own dedicated spot for it. That way, I'm not worried about deadlines and assignments, and I can just write.
|Close-up of Cath's desk|
My in-laws inherited the antique, 1930s desk that stands in our bedroom from a neighbor, and it had a second life as a sideboard in their dining room for many years. When they decided to get rid of it, I begged to have it. I loved the desk's history, its burnished wood, and the deep, wide, heavy drawers, which I immediately filled with scarves and hair clips and makeup. I spend a moment every morning sitting there, getting ready for the day, and I always run my fingers over the bright worn spots on the scrollwork. For a while I thought about refinishing the desk, but decided I liked that you could tell it had been well used over the years.
|A comfy bed in which to read....|
In the afternoons, the desk becomes my blogging spot. The light is perfect at this time of day, and with my door open, I can listen for Lulu as she naps. I have everything I need to blog: my computer, books that I'm in the middle of reviewing or that I'm giving away, my camera and all its accessories. My comfy, cozy bed is right there in case I need to stretch out and review a passage a few times to get my thoughts straight. No matter how tired I am at the end of the day, I always try to take a minute to clear the desktop, to keep it as neat and clean and inviting as possible so that it remains a simple haven in the middle of my hectic, double-duty life.
|The secret exhibitionist?|
I guess I'm a secret exhibitionist, because I really enjoyed the chance to share my blogging space with you all! Thanks, Cathy, for the opportunity to be a part of your wonderful blog.
The pleasure's all mine, Cath! We're all very glad that you shared your space with us-- especially that lovely old desk. I don't think I'd refinish it either. Just think of the loving hands that have smoothed those scrolls over the years! I'm also looking forward to seeing your thoughts about Mr. Churchill's Secretary because I'll be reading that book soon. (Get used to it-- we love to read all the participants' book spines!)
Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll be featuring another book blogger from our worldwide community!