We stayed in this eco-cottage for our Easter break and I promised the owners, Trev and Sue Wheeler, I’d blog about it. It’s a rather amazing place, a cottage in Shropshire that is run on wind-generated electricity. The water comes from a spring and the cottage is heated by a wood-burning stove. The conversion has been done beautifully with local wood and stone and lime plaster was used on the walls, which is the best thing to use for these old buildings. There were only two or three other buildings visible from where we were, the cottage is on an organic farm so the kids got to see lambs, feed the sheep and cattle and fetch eggs from the henhouse and the Clun valley itself is spectacularly beautiful. It’s a fairly long and arduous drive from London but it is worth it to be somewhere so remote and far away from it all. The morning before I woke up to the sound of police trying to arrest one of my neighbours and chasing him around the street (cue much excitement and curtain-twitching), so this was a welcome break from city life.
Tabitha Potts is a published writer with several short stories in print anthologies as well as online. Recently she had stories long-listed for the Royal Academy Pindrop Award and the Sunderland Short Story Award, one was a Finalist in MIROnline’s Folk Tale Festival and one was Highly Commended in MIROnline’s Booker Prize Competition. She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck with a Merit and has a First in English Language and Literature from Oxford University. She runs Story Radio, a short story podcast, in her spare time (www.storyradio.org) and works as Head of Marketing for a publishing firm.