Tuesday, 26 January 2021


Snow still lay on the ground when I woke this morning and the sky was an unpromising dull, leaden grey. Nothing to make me rush out of bed! We have a number of small outbuildings and sheds about the garden, One of the former kennels now has shelves where the apples are stored, another houses paint cans, the scaffolding tower and assorted junk. There is a garden store  full of  tools and flowerpots and a separate small freezer room with a tall and a chest freezer crammed with garden produce. A wooden shed houses the lawn mower. But the shed that we appreciate the most on days such as these is situated just outside our front door, tucked out of sight behind a rather straggly fir tree. Can you see it?

We painted it a dark colour so that it will not attract the eye.

I really dislike dank days and low light levels, the weeks around the end of January and the month of February are the lowest times in my year. But this little hut is the solution! We wrapped up against the thin falling sleet and took a shortened version of our daily walk. When we got back home Himself said, "Fancy a sauna?"

It's the best shed we've ever bought!

Just room enough for us both.

And no, should you ask, I have no intention of rolling in the snow.


  1. Your own sauna - how cool (!) is that!
    O.K. and I love our hiking holidays, based at spa hotels where we can enjoy the sauna and other spa things when we return from hiking up and down mountains. So relaxing!

    1. Like you and O.K. we always enjoyed using the sauna and spa when on holiday. We bought ours eight years ago after surviving a nightmare car crash as we thought it might help our bodies to recover. I absolutely love it!

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  2. Wow! Your place is like a veritable spa - do you take bookings?

  3. OK you win the shed bragging rights. I'll have to play my trump card, my cousin's husband who has 7 in a Leeds surburban garden.

    1. And I'm sure he's a very happy man! (I thought that Himself was sufficiently spoilt with his collection of sheds, but seven!)

  4. I am SOOOO jealous of your sauna!!! :)))

    1. Rain, you have the space and the surroundings and the weather that would be perfect for a sauna - you could build your own! Project ahead?!

  5. Good for you. We have a steam cabinet/shower in our U.K. apartment and it’s wonderful. After steaming for 10 to 15 minutes we both turn on a cold shower. Feels great, so maybe you should try a dash out into the snow before it melts.

    1. Brave behaviour, Jennyff! I know that it is supposed to be very beneficial to health to have a cold blast after hotbed so far I've wimped out.

  6. In certain social areas, VR, my wife, is more hoity-toity than I am. When we moved into our present house it was utterly new, the week before it had even lacked toilets. A close-run thing, said the Duke of Wellington, and I'm inclined to agree. A new house demands new ways of thinking and thus we became cognisant - for the first time - of our need for a shed. I'm speechless that you have more than one; surely that could have shifted you up to a whole new demographic. Seconds thoughts, given the apparent dimensions of your chateau-ette, you already live in the demographic stratosphere anyway.

    On to the etiquietty thing. Quite accidentally I mentioned that some outil or other - I'm given to hoity-toity airs of my own - was in the hut. "You mean the shed," said VR correctively. I am, after all, a wordsmith and I almost went off in a huff. Fortunately the huff had a flat.

    "Whassa difference?" I asked. Result: ten minutes of inconsequential yet inflamed argument. Plus an aftermath which forces me to pause in conversation before I refer to that modest wooden structure. Does the word begin with an h or an s? Is a portion of scrambled egg presently flying through space looking to attach itself to my face?

    I'm a great believer in looking up new and unknown words in the dictionary immediately. And in a proper dictionary costing at least £35; which means not being discouraged by the weight when you slide it off the shelf. There's an element of snobbism here, I'm perfectly willing to look up, say, "hermeneutics" or "hagiography" because there's social cachet in that. But not "hut/shed". I think there's an assumption one should become aware of that distinction while still an embryo.

    Needless to say I'm not here begging for help. I think I responded subconsciously to your admirably terse headline; as if I were one of Pavlov's dogs. There's also the possibility that the difference in meaning may hinge on some form of class distinction and I've no wish to step into doodoo. Just passing is my justification.

    1. Basically a shed is for stuff, of which we have plenty, and a hut it for boy scouts and other humans. Socially speaking our outbuildings would have represented a fairly lowly order as the house and land was formerly tenanted and the gamekeeper only allowed to live there thanks to the skill of his work. Since we've lived here we have added three wooden sheds, one for the lawn mower, one for a painting room and our glorious sauna. How middle class!

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