For my family it is clear that the Oak Tree Barn project is a passion that I need to see through to completion in one way or another, for others there is a valid question that remains unanswered. What are you going to do with the barn when it’s finished? Will you sell it? Will you let it? Will you live there? When we bought the property and embarked upon changing its use from agricultural/office to residential we were living overseas and envisaged that it would be our base in the UK, a place to spend some weekends and holidays with our daughters, close to family. Now that we are living back in the UK, just forty minutes away from the barn, a second home in such close proximity seems strange and somewhat indulgent.
This however is a family project, each one of us has dreams and projects revolved around the barn and which we hope to bring to fruition in the years to come. Being city based currently, and with only a courtyard garden, the barn give us the breathing space we so love, and the possibility for a more creative future. I envisage it as a space in which we will not only spend precious family time, particularly in the years ahead as the girls become more and more independent, but a place in which I can share my love of creativity with others and help them develop their own. A place for gardening, growing, nurturing, crafting, cooking and learning, but most importantly a place for friendship and warmth, for people to feel that they can join a tribe to which they belong. I don’t plan on wearing hemp and knitting my own underwear, but do want to help people remember that simplicity and the process of making things (however inexpertly) are immensely rewarding.
So, I am committing to a change in my life in order to encompass the barn more fully into my life. Although I’ve spent many years dreaming about it last week saw me have a moment of enlightenment and determination to make it happen. Several things contributed to this, one of which was reading this article by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love http://ideas.ted.com/fear-is-boring-and-other-tips-for-living-a-creative-life/ Number 3 made me laugh out loud at how well it describes me! It’s time to do this.