View From My Win­dow:

Adele Pa­trick, the Evening Times’ Scotswoman of the Year 2015, treats us to the sights and sounds of her home

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - In­ter­view: Ann Wal­lace

‘‘ I can see a glut of bram­bles, irises, new plants seed­ing and an abun­dance of foxes, squir­rels and birdlife

ARE YOU SIT­TING COM­FORT­ABLY?

I am sit­ting at my desk, and have dis­cov­ered through painful ex­pe­ri­ence that func­tion trumps form as far as of­fice chairs go. As a gen­eral rule I like to be sur­rounded by things that bring me joy or in­spi­ra­tion. My desk, a lovely, sal­vaged, bat­tered beast sits along­side a sim­i­larly dis­tressed 1920s roll-front wooden fil­ing cab­i­net, barely hang­ing to­gether now but one of the most beloved items I have. It was squir­relled out by my Dad from his first job in a news­pa­per of­fice, and has been with me in all my many stu­dent flats and through count­less flit­tings. Above the desk is a a seven-day school clock, sal­vaged by mum from her first teach­ing job.

WHAT’S THE VIEW LIKE?

I look out onto an ex­panse of beau­ti­ful wet­lands and wildlife. Over eight years I have seen th­ese few acres of stalled space be­come rad­i­cally re­claimed by na­ture, trans­form­ing my view into a lush green vista with the pe­cu­liar, evoca­tive Ne­crop­o­lis and flam­boy­antly cus­tomised Ten­nent’s brew­ery de­lin­eat­ing the sky­line. I can see a glut of bram­bles, irises and new plants seed­ing each year and an abun­dance of foxes, squir­rels and birdlife.

FAVOURITE PLACE NEARBY?

I live 10 min­utes’ walk from Glas­gow Women’s Li­brary, and am so proud it has be­come an East End in­sti­tu­tion. I sup­port lovely neigh­bour­hood places like McCune Smith Café and WEST brew­ery. I have been run­ning for more than 20 years and am grate­ful that I can be in Glas­gow Green or Alexan­dra Park in a few min­utes.

PER­FECT NIGHT IN?

On rare sum­mer nights, backgam­mon marathons on the bal­cony. I love cook­ing and rel­ish book club nights (our group has been to­gether for over 10 years) a great ex­cuse for com­bin­ing friends, eat­ing and binge read­ing. I try to keep a mak­ing project on the go. I am a GSA Em­broi­dered and Wo­ven Tex­tile alumna and have a re­cy­cling dis­po­si­tion.

LAST THING YOU BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOME?

Two 1950s boxed cham­pagne glasses with rein­deer mo­tif from Rose­bank Car Boot Sale in Car­luke.

IF I DIDN’T LIVE HERE, I’D WANT TO LIVE IN…

Si­cily, New York, Elba, Naples, Tiree, Har­ris, Mull … all have a piece of my heart but Glas­gow’s East End is a keeper. Glas­gow Women’s Li­brary is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary with a raft of events and ac­tiv­i­ties – find out more at www. wom­ensli­brary.org.uk

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