Yes, over here. No, not there, a bit to the left…that’s it!  See me now? *waves*

I’m sat here in my little Rapunzel-esque tower and there’s no way I’m throwing down my hair, or anything else for that matter, because I like it here on my own.

I’ve closed all the shutters and padlocked the doors and for extra protection there’s a circle of razor wire around the turrets so don’t even try.

This place is a-may-zing, I’ve got a 360 view of the most gorgeous vista you can imagine, and yes it changes…it’s whatever I want it to be. A bit like the Faraway Tree without The Land of Tempers.

The food is beyond divine, all cooked to order and presented on plates that are warmed ‘just-so’.

I’m not bored, there’s every kind of entertainment you could imagine, forget Sky+, I’ve got Sky3D and I can watch what I want WHENEVER I want it. In fact, if Carlsberg made fantasy lands this would be it…

I can see everything from here, I can see all of you laughing and bickering, living your lives, doing your day-to-day thing. If you say something hurtful I can rewind, make it so it never happened, and change channel quick.  There’s no disagreement here, no hierachy, no bitchiness or cruelty, nothing ever goes wrong and no one ever gets hurt.

This is not a ‘woe is me’ post.  I’m just having a moment, a solitary moment that I thought I’d share (oh, the irony!). This is the place that I’m transported to on those lazy afternoons lying in the warm spot on my bed created by a streak of sunshine, lost in a book, or on a day spent pottering in the garden with my family.  It’s also the place that I run and hide in, whenever real life gets just a bit too pointy.

But what about you?  What’s your idea of Utopia? Where’s your safe place?  Maybe we could swap interior design tips…and if you ever need to borrow mine, you’re more than welcome 😉

Postcard from Utopia
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21 thoughts on “Postcard from Utopia

  • March 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Oh the Faraway Tree was my ABSOLUTE favourite as a girl. That & the Mallory Towers books as I always wanted to go to boarding school for some reason!

    Your Utopia sounds divine. I envy you the ability to get yourself there. I’d certainly like a borrow sometime!!

  • March 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Mine is a tiny, old, but warm and well-renovated cottage set in it’s own plot on a hill.
    It has big thick old windows and no building or decorating issues to worry about. There’s a distant view of the sea, no neighbours, no phone. Lots of rose bushes and fruit trees thrive in the well-kept garden and there is no road or airplane noise whatsoever ever. I have a quiet lie-by-the-fire kind of dog that only needs walking when I want a walk. There’s an underground tunnel through which I walk back to my family every evening for a meal, cuddles and bedtime stories and conversation. And then I get up before the dawn, go back to my own little cottage where coffee is brewing and someone has cleaned. I sit in the garden with my notebook watching the sun rise. When I am ready to retreat back inside a gardener magically appears and mows the lawn and prunes the fruit trees. He doesn’t do the rose bushes because he knows that I like to do them.

  • March 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I hope you can’t really see me!! You’ll see what I did last night. In fact, that’s probably why I stopped believing in God – so that I could do naughty things 😀

    I have no idea what/where my Utopia is. I have never been on my own since the age of 18 so I have nothing to relate to and I feel a bit “lost” if I am in complete silence. That’s a little bit sad, isn’t it?

  • March 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    My place is sat on an outcropping of rocks on a beach. I am far enough into the sea to feel the spray on my face. It is very windy so the sea is wild but it’s not too cold. This is my space

  • March 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    My safe place is my home. Strange but true, after everything I have been throughm there is nothing more comforting that locking out the world, shutting the blinds and curtains and just being with my family.

  • March 28, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Right now mine would be being utterly on my own with nothing to do with views of water. I could think. Make a grand plan. Only then, when I am ready, would the family arrive and we would eat lots of lovely food and play in the sun.

  • March 29, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Kids and I are reading the Magic Faraway Tree now! Found it at the bookstore before Christmas and we’ve been reading a chapter a night until they started moaning about it and I took it away, then last week they wanted it back.
    Utopia for me is ever-changing. Some days I think a sensory deprivation tank is all I need – some quiet time without the feeling of being crawled on and tugged at. Other times I think together with my family on the beach. But could we please magically change my children into the kind that behave and don’t run off too far and don’t toss crabs at their sister or eat sand or whine about everything? My peaceful place that I go to in my mind is a small red tent in the middle of a piney forest on the edge of a lake surrounded by mountains. I zip the tent shut, stare at the sky through the red-filter nylon and listen to the trees shake and water move and all those peaceful nature sounds.
    Your place sounds neat too.

  • March 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

    What a fabulous place! can i do a time share with you?

    Mine would be a secluded cabin somewhere with wifi and someone that cooked meals and left them on the porch for me. somewhere were I was never disturbed and could just write and write all day.

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Anytime at all! I just read the Faraway tree with my eldest and he loved it as much as I always have….big Mallory Towers fan too. Although felt very sad for poor Enid when I watched the biopic on her recently x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    That sounds simply perfect….I’m completely chilled out just reading about it x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    LOL at you and God!

    Not sad at all…some of us need it, some of us don’t…simples x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    So lovely…..I love the sea too, especially when it’s wild x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Yours sounds like the best of one of all….and the most easily accessible x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Just divine….I think I’ve been there too and I’m sure it wasn’t a dream 🙂 x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    thanks! I am planning a week of posting nothing but memes to pay all of the lovely people back who tag me and I let down x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    It sounds lovely….so peaceful and calm x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    LOL at the kids on the beach….maybe we could just go together. You could sit one end, I’ll sit the other and we’ll release them in the middle!

    Love the sound of your places, lakes and mountains…lush x

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Hmmm, yes that’s a lovely one too….I’ll deffo time share with you anytime x

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