These sheds - which are the final entry for shed of the week for 2007 - were spotted on Lindisfarne by Matron of the blog Down on the Allotment. Apparently local fishermen use their old boats as garden sheds. I've seen smaller boats in people's gardens used as flowerbeds or planters, but nothing on this scale. There's something rather romantic about these structures - the curve of the roof/hull is bordering on the poetic, and probably rather good at handling adverse weather conditions such as storms and heavy rain.
I can imagine pottering around inside with the salty tang of the sea still pervading the atmosphere. But what do you do for light? Are there windows or do you just prop the doors open? Any Lindisfarne readers of this blog who can fill us in? Either way, it's a fine form of reusing boats that have reached the end of their practical life on the ocean.
Now it's time to move on to the other business of the moment - announcing (drumroll ...) the Horticultural Shed of the Year 2007 - my favourite shed from all the entries showcased this year. This was a really hard decision, but I decided in the end to plump for a shed that I felt embodied the true "reduce, reuse, recycle" spirit of the green gardener and allotmenteer, and was also handsome to look at and the product of a craftsman's hand.
In all it’s taken me five weeks to build and has cost me £40. I love it. I wouldn’t have a bought shed if you paid me. It’s very environmentally-friendly because the pallets just go to land-fill and it’s a wonderful bit of self-expression, but not everyone can afford the 100+ hours it took to build so it’s probably not for everyone.
Well done Simon! A copy of my book, The Allotment Keeper's Handbook, will be making its way to him shortly.
And don't worry, shed of the week isn't going away. If you would like to nominate a shed for shed of the week in 2008, just drop me an email with a picture and as much information as possible about the shed - where it is, who it belongs to and what you think of it.