The list was long! It included: water, power, space, light, storage and all the other things artists usually want. But it also included security of tenure. I wanted to be somewhere that I wasn't at the whim of other people's decisions.
I had some amazing offers and I want to thank those people, it was humbling to know people wanted me in their spaces, but my husband and I came up with an alternative solution that really ticks our boxes.
|A nice sunny spot that's all mine! The curtains are up because the carpets were being cleaned.|
We own a rental property a couple of minutes drive from our boat and it has a small flat downstairs. The woman who had been renting it bought a house so she was moving out. Then we sold our old house where we lived before we moved onto the boat (yay!). We stored our furniture in a shed there when we moved aboard - now we would have to rent a storage unit for it. And our rental property needs some serious maintenance work to the gardens.
So the plan came together like this: We would take the bottom flat for ourselves, using our stored belongings to furnish it. It would be my studio, our storage facility, our landside base if we ever wanted to get off the boat (storms, pulling the boat out of the water for anti-fouling etc) and we could also put wwoofers or Helpxer's in to help with the gardens and work on the boat - it always needs sanding and painting in one spot or another! The best thing about the place is that we own it, nobody can kick me out and I can make as much creative chaos as I like!
|There's a little bedroom, bathroom and laundry down the hall.|
I'm getting excited about it now. I wasn't, purely because I've spent several weekends shifting out of the studio and our furniture out of the shed, and the last thing I wanted to do was to shift it all back in again! But I've taken a week off while I wait to get the carpets professionally cleaned and now I'm rearing to go again.
And I bought a new jug....