About this time of year you start thinking about how your inside spaces will stand up to the approaching heat. I’m coming up to my fourth summer in Yandoit. Given that the first two were spent in a tent you’d think any shelter with solid walls would be an improvement. But I’m fussy about interiors and I’d rather be in a tent than in a shoddily made structure that requires air conditioning to be comfortable.
Enter some thick stone walls and a cold stone floor. It took a slow year to restore the stable to a studio and we’re getting close with the house. We’re not quite there yet, so for another summer this is shelter:
So the place doesn’t always look this clean and tidy. [I did adopt a very unpopular shoes-off policy in the studio because it’s the only place in this dust bowl I can feel clean, but even then, everything is generally coated in a layer of fine dirt.]
The reason for the big clean? A frankly very exciting visit from Green Magazine. Holy, did we race around. I think Mother Judy vacuumed the shed when I wasn’t looking. And patient partner Michael did a host of small and big jobs and fed us properly while we worked. Editor Tamsin O’Neill and consultant and contributing writer Megan Norgate (www.braveneweco.com.au) stopped in for a morning and I got to see the place through other people’s eyes.
What a treat to welcome these visitors. Photos and words better than the ones I’ve put up here will appear in an issue soon. Yip!