Monday, December 11, 2017

Tim Dowling's ongoing garden office adventure


Tim Dowling is fast becoming a high profile shedworker - he has now written two columns in a row about his shedworking in The Guardian and we look forward next Saturday to a hat trick. Here's a snippet from the latest:
In the morning I wake up early, get dressed, pull on boots and tramp across the frosted ground to my shed. I unlock the door, turn on the heat, then walk straight back to the kitchen to make coffee.
Working at the end of the garden is peaceful, if a little isolating. Most days I see no one until lunchtime, sometimes until dusk. The shed – a glass and timber pod assembled on site – is absolutely silent with the door shut. For the first time in months I can hear myself think, and I’m not sure I like it.
A sharp rap on the glass causes me to jump out of my chair. The door opens and my wife leans in.
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Snowy sheds



It's that time of year again when we ask you to send in your snowy shed photos. Above is one from Rotunda Roundhouse and below are several more to get you in the mood.

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Snowy garden office

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Berkeley Statesman caravan garden office


An excellent piece by friend of Shedworking Sharon Dale in the Yorkshire Post about the restoration of the last surviving Berkeley Statesman caravan by Tim Mitchinson in York. Here's a snippet:
When Tim Mitchinson rescued it 10 years ago, the last surviving Berkeley Statesman was a rotting hulk on the point of collapse. He bought it for £1 because he couldn’t bear to see it scrapped and, following a decision driven by what he calls “English eccentricity and insanity”, he and his friend Mark Cranfield embarked on a sensational £70,000 restoration. The vintage van, which was the first off the production line, is now for sale with RM English estate agents for £40,000. Tim reluctantly put it on the market to make way for an extension on the side of his home in York.
Tim believes that it would make an ideal garden office.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

How to make your shed the top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor


A remarkable - and very funny - story by Oobah Butler in Vice which is very revealing about how TripAdvisor works and reveals in detail how he set about establishing 'The Shed at Dulwich' as London's premier eating spot. Here's a snippet:
So there we go: I invited people into a hastily-assembled collection of chairs outside my shed, and they left thinking it really could be the best restaurant in London, just on the basis of a TripAdvisor rating. You could look at this cynically – argue that the odour of the internet is so strong nowadays that people can no longer use their senses properly. But I like to be positive. If I can transform my garden into London’s best restaurant, literally anything is possible.
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Beach hut advent calendar


Just a reminder that Beyond Church is running its annual beach hut advent calendar again this year along Brighton and Hove's seafront (see here for our reports of it over the last 10 years since it started). Every night up to Christmas Eve a different hut opens its doors to an art installation celebrating  - visitors can enjoy free mince pies and drinks and also collect stamps each night to win a hamper or box of chocolates. Tonight's hut is 227 and 3D advent calendars will be on sale.


Below is the first of the huts, put together by Year 7 pupils of King's School and focusing on the verse from Isaiah in the Old Testament:
  
'The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on this living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.' 


To see all the huts as they are opened day by day, go to Beyond Church's special blog.



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The delight of a new garden office

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The delight of a new garden office

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Heating your garden office in winter


It's that time of year when we start fielding questions about garden office and shed heating. A new option comes from Norwegian heating brand Mill which has just launched in the UK bringing (it says here) "its ‘Keep warm with style’ ethos and Scandi-inspired minimalistic designs to the electric heating sector".

It has four sleek, electric products (see above) for those in the UK which as it points out are "designed for a country with five consecutive months of sub-zero temperatures". Two are plug-ins (the Mill Convection Heater and the Mill Oil Heater) and two are wall-mounted and also come with wi-fi capability. For more information go to www.millheat.co.uk and you can also get them from various outlets including Selfridges, Costco and online via ao.com.
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Meet Father Christmas in a shed


There's a chance for your children to meet Father Christmas in Nottingham-based Cabin Master's Arctic Cabin (above) decorated for Christmas this Friday (4pm-7pm) and Saturday (2pm-5pm). Small groups of up to 8 children, with their parents, will be greeted on arrival by an elf who will help them get ready, writing a letter to Father Christmas or decorating a star for their Christmas (mulled wine and mince pies are available for adults). They then get an individual gift. Booking details here.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Tim Dowling: Shedworker


Guardian columnist, author, and banjo player Tim Dowling is taking his first steps as a shedworker this week. He wrote in his usual self-deprecating mode about it in The Guardian. Here's a snippet:
On Thursday, the men arrive with the pieces of my new office shed. I spend the morning working in the kitchen, with a pad and a pen, so I can watch them put it together through the window. I am reliably mesmerised by the industry of others.
By sunset, the walls are up, the roof is on and there are already wires hanging from the light fittings inside.
“What have we done?” my wife asks, looking out at the box sitting in a shallow crater at the end of the garden.
“It looks big, doesn’t it?” I say.
There are plenty of comments below the line too...
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Friday, December 01, 2017

U2's Songs of Experience and beach huts


U2 have a new album out now, Songs of Experience, and as part of their promotional material they have wisely chosen to appeal to the shed world by posing outside a row of beach huts, above. Smart move.

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