A room of one’s own: my study at day’s end

Every woman needs a room of one’s own, said Virginia Woolf. And I’m deeply privileged in having a glorious study to work in at home.

If I spend too much time in my study lost in my work, who can blame me? Three windows on the world mean I never feel closed in.

Most of the day I’ve been at my desk. Editing a book. Recording poems and editing files for a podcast. And doing a one-hour Pilates class… online, with Rhianna Williams.

Wellington street scene through a window

North view from my study

In the morning it rained. Then the sun came out. Now it’s evening already.

Mt Victoria street and woods from my study

East view from my study

And still my study is a very beautiful place to be.

Mt Victoria houses from my study

South view from my study

But I don’t mind leaving it for now. Good night, study. And thank you. You are my “room of one’s own” and I love you.

28 thoughts on “A room of one’s own: my study at day’s end

  1. Sadje says:

    Lucky you to have such a lovely place to work from. Marvelous views.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Lucky lucky us ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Sadje says:


  2. ashok says:

    So beautiful and I can well imagine your spending more time there ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I too am equally privileged and grateful Rachel.

    Enjoy the fall ๐Ÿ’–

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s wonderful. I will enjoy fall, in 6 months time!

      1. ashok says:

        Ohki : you are in the other hemisphere ๐Ÿ˜‡

  3. LA says:

    i need my wn place

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Stake out your spot. Even a corner of a laundry room can do the trick.

      1. LA says:

        Except I donโ€™t have a laundry room…๐Ÿ˜†

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Corner of a bedroom? My daughter just organized her own space like that and oh the joy. Where do you blog?

      3. LA says:

        I have a desk but with everyone here all the time….bleh….bedroom too small and only steps away from where my husband has set up shop

      4. Rachel McAlpine says:

        So hard and you do so much! I’m glad you have a desk at least. One friend called the lobby of a theatre his office. Others have “their”desk in a public library…?

      5. LA says:

        Most indoor things are still closed here. Library is pick up only. Canโ€™t actually go into the stacks. And theaters….I donโ€™t know when weโ€™re getting that back

      6. Rachel McAlpine says:

        How insensitive I’ve been. So sorry. Blog on: it’s a sort of private space when you don’t have a private space.

      7. LA says:

        Not insensitive at all. Itโ€™s just hard to know how everyone else has reopened. We are moving verrrry slowly….

      8. Meh. Me too. I even ban people from my spot but…ugh.

      9. LA says:


  4. It is so easy to forget that some bloggers are fast asleep now, or just getting up, or even that they have sensible and concerned governments and leaders!!!!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I understand.

  5. mimfilip says:

    Someoneโ€™s view to the outside is such a personal thing, thanks for sharing yours.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I can see birds from here ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I am in my own room right now and very happy there. I could have used one when the girls were little, but then they needed somewhere to sleep didn’t they?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      There’s an upside when they fly the nest.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Ours boomeranged back for a long time, but finally settled in their 30’s.

  7. What a lovely study, Rachel. I can see why you’re so productive – and healthy after Pilates with Rhianna! Your view must provide an ever-changing palette to contemplate. I don’t have a study of my own, but we do have a nook with a view to the back deck that I enjoy. ~Terri

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      A nook is perfect, especially for world travellers. In the past I’ve lived in shacks and tiny cottages so my study is the ultimate luxury.

      1. A woman’s gotta have her luxuries – whatever they may be. In my mind a study is perfect. ~Terri

  8. You are so fortunate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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