Saturday, November 25, 2006

The day of the dacha has arrived

Thanks to Derek Workman for alerting me to the ongoing competition, now sadly over, in the Saturday edition of the Telegraph newspaper to find interesting sheds around the country. Lila Das Gupta, writer of the initial article, argued that her shed is better than a cottage in the country and that "the day of the dacha has arrived". Sadly she skimped on her shed with all too obvious results. "I ordered the cheapest I could find from the internet," she wrote. "Big mistake. As I constantly remind my children, if something looks too good to be true, then it probably is. I have made up for this setback by painting my dacha a rich, velvety plum colour called Brinjal. I think Farrow & Ball paint colours always blend well with the outdoors." Hmmm...

Anyway, more importantly you can see a truly mindboggling array of sheds - not all of them I suspect are used for homeworking or as garden offices - from around the country on the site which were sent in by their happy owners here though there is another page of them which you can find by typing in 'Garden Huts' into their search engine but which has no direct link. My favourite is the extremely green shed pictured here.

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