Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jizz - new poetry collection from John 'Shedman' Davies


A supporter of Shedworking from the beginning, John 'Shedman' Davies has an excellent new and selected collection out from Kingston University Press called Jizz (a term used by birdwatchers to describe the overall impression of a bird from various features such as posture, size, and location - in the US the book will be called 'Nest'). As with his previous works, John includes shed mentions but landscape also provides a major focus as does everyday life. Our favourites are Gardener's Question Time ("Astride the shed, he pulls the roof felt up") and Walden Life, and it's good to see old favourite Maximum Shed in there, which is worth the cost of the book alone. Another triumph from Shedman and a must for all shedworkers' bookshelves.

Here is John below in full performance flow.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

BBQ huts


A nice piece in the Daily Mail by Tessa Cunningham about outdoor cookout cabins looks at five examples which could also double up as garden offices for some pleasant shedworking including the one above from Arctic Cabins. Here's a snippet of what Alex Flynn (pictured) says:
I never expected to pay £9,000 for what amounts to a wooden hut with a barbecue inside. All I wanted was something to fill the space at the bottom of our quarter-acre garden where we’d felled a tree. A pergola with a few climbing roses would have done. But last summer we went to an outdoor equipment show in the New Forest, and saw a display by Arctic Cabins. Their cute little shelters are handmade in the UK using Arctic pine, and come with snuggly deerskins on the five bench seats. Danny [her husband] was instantly sold and, when he assured me we could afford a 10-metre cabin, I jumped at the chance to indulge my love of cooking outside.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Major new funding for Men’s Sheds


 The Australian Government is providing funding to 90 Men’s Sheds across the country to support the mental health and overall wellbeing of Australian men.

Men’s Sheds will receive grants totalling $395,000 under the ongoing National Shed Development Programme to help them buy tools, maintain sheds and host community activities focused on men’s health issues. There are three categories of grants – for purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training; for building maintenance and development; and for health improvement activities.

About a third of Men’s Sheds will use this money to run community activities or events focussed specifically on health issues affecting men, some in partnership with local allied health services.
They may be awareness-raising events or providing education and training such as first aid. These activities will be aimed at men in the wider community, not just members of the Men’s Shed.

Although mental illness affects both men and women, men are less likely to seek help. In 2016, the rate of suicide among Australian males was more than three times that of females.

This funding is part of the total $5.1 million that the Government is providing to the Australian Men’s Shed Association to support Men’s Sheds over the three years to June 2019.


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Bringing the garden into the garden office


An interesting build for tourism specialists Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City designed by  07 Beach and Studio Happ to provide a relaxing environment conducive to working by incorporating garden-like indoor green spaces elements including plant-lined walls, 'turf' carpets, and gazebos. According to Evolable: "The lawn mound works as seats at an event, lounge to relax and meeting place in an intimate atmosphere.. The undulating lawn ground and living plants stand up from it gives a sense as if being in a park or a field."
 




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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Urban shedworking


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dylan Thomas' Writing Shed as wall art, t-shirt, duvet cover and drawstring bag


Photographer Steve Purnell has turned his smashing shot taken through the window of the famous writing shed in Laugharne and turned it into all manner of things to buy at his Redbubble site here. ---------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Pamela Butchart: (Secret Seven) Shedworker

Dundee-based author Pamela Butchart already has more than a dozen novels under her belt but the next one is especially keenly-anticipated since it is a continuation of Enid Blyton's Secret Seven series which she has written in her own writing shed. Here's what she told the Scottish Sun about it:
“It took me until the age of 34, but I finally got a garden shed just like the young detectives... Growing up, I always lived in council tenement flats and all I ever wanted was my own garden and Secret Seven shed... But the shed I use now is a bit pimped up. It has underfloor heating and all of my Secret Seven books are lined up.”
The Mystery of the Skull is published in July and you can see lots more photos of Pamela in her shed - including some ginger beer - at photographer Michael Schofield's site here. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Working from home is less stressful: New report


 New research conducted from Canada Life Group Insurance suggests that shedworking and working from home generally offers a far less stressful work environment than more 'traditional' approaches.

The study indicates that nearly 10 million workers suffer from workplace-related stress and anxiety - most importantly, a third of workers in cubicles and open plan offices are regularly affected by workplace stress compared to one in six of those who work from home. Moreover, more than three quarters of people who are offered and take flexible working options say that their productivity has increased as a result.
 
“It is important to keep in mind that not everybody operates in the same way and being flexible with your staff can often mean creating a better working environment and increased engagement," said Paul Avis, Marketing Director of Canada Life. "For example, flexible working not only has the benefit of improving work-life balance but can also have a positive influence on overall employee health. People want to give their best, but we are all leading increasingly busy and “always-on” lives. Allowing employees to fit in time to exercise, drop off and collect their children from school or start/finish earlier or later can make an enormous difference to productivity. It also demonstrates that employers care about their staff and are prepared to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to ensure employees work at their best, which can only be a good thing for companies."

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