One thing you may not know is that Her Outdoors is an artist. Not your have-an-easel-and-a-set-of-watercolours kind of artist, but your seriously talented, fully rounded Artist who creates beautiful things using pretty much whatever is at hand, pretty much all the time.

True, she’s only won awards for her textile art, but her sculpture is incredible, she can draw, paint and make with the best of them, and (which is very depressing to someone who worked for 18 years as a professional writer) has Genuinely Good Ideas for at least four books in different genres, plus a trilogy she may never find time to write down.

You’re unlikely to know these things because over the last few years she’s been mainly making big yurt covers in small spaces. Like the eating area in our old house…

…the kitchen in the Shack before we built the bathroom…

…the bathroom in the Shack before there was a toilet…

…and afterwards…

…more than once…

…or if she’s been really, really lucky, our yurt…

When what she’s needed all along is a studio. Somewhere to keep all the boxes of fabric, dyes, equipment, reference books and sketch books stashed up in the attic or under our bed, and the industrial machines in the bathroom and yurt. Somewhere that doesn’t need to be mopped after breakfast and tidied away before the kids come home from school. Somewhere she can leave stuff overnight where the cats won’t walk on it. Somewhere, in fact, like this.

This is not her studio. It’s a photo she found on a popular networking site a few weeks ago. But that’s not the point. The point is, it gave her (yet) an(other brilliant) idea.

Because it just so happens that we had an old and neglected caravan in the field that we’ve been using as an animal feed store…

…and we had a space next to the Shack…

…that was almost exactly caravan sized.

It needs some work on the inside…

…and we’ve had to find another home for the scythes…

…but this studio-to-be appears to be here to stay.

Of course, it did mean we needed to build a shed for the animal feed. But you already knew about that.

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