MY FAVOURITE

Kit de Waal experiences an epiphany when she moves house and finds a new favourite place to write

EXTRACT:

In October, I moved house for the first time in 22 years. I’ve gone down size-wise from a big Victorian villa, complete with rattling windows and eye-watering heating bills, to a two-bedroomed flat, renovated by a builder with a good eye and styled to within an inch of its life.
I viewed it eagerly, imagining that some of that style might rub off. Instead of shuffling about in Primark joggers, in this spanking new Regency conversion, I might graduate to cashmere yoga slacks and find myself, overnight after completion, svelt, groomed and sophisticated. I am nothing if not a sucker for a pipe-dream, so I bought the place, halved my books, quartered my furniture and got the keys in six weeks. Neither the cashmere pants nor the size ten backside have materialised.

What I have gained though is a sort of stillness that I didn’t expect. There’s a place by the bedroom window where I temporarily wedged my desk, thinking I would move it later when I rearranged the furniture à la Pinterest. But every single time I sit there I just want to write. And not just write but write with a real pen, on real paper (something I rarely do).
I have no curtains at the window, the radiator doesn’t work properly and there’s no plug socket nearby for a lamp—and yet the place has something magical. If I believed in feng shui, I would say that it balances the room somehow, or that it faces east (I have no idea) or that it sits in a river of energy (I made that up) but I’ve never really been one for dissecting why some things feel right and others grate on your soul. […]

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