Beats my 'liberated from a building site' portakabin shed hands down (aquired by the previous owner I might add).
Must get creative with it...
Take one upturned wooden boat, a few old old windows and doors, a wood burner and some 12V solar-powered lights and you've got the recipe for the 2013 Shed of the Year - a magnificent construction which saw off over 1,900 rivals to sail to the pinnacle of sheddie glory. Alex Holland's boat-roofed shed Clinging to the side …
Sob. Sniff, sniff. I live in a flat. I have nowhere for a shed.
I do have one room that I can barely get into, with lots of tools and boxes in. Along with a slightly embarrassing collection of bottles, that I keep forgetting to take to the recycling centre. But I'm not sure if that's enough to remove me from the list of suspicious characters. Does this mean I'm on some NSA watch-list?
Didn't stop the guy who owned the luxury flats we could see from the Docklands Light Railway on the approach to Bank (just before the descent into the tunnel) when I used to work near Canary Wharf. He'd installed his shed on his balcony ...
... also didn't stop a work colleague (a lady of a "certain age" who spoke with an accent that would cut glass and a vocabulary that would etch it), on having it's existence pointed out to her, proclaiming it "what a marvellous erection" at full volume on a crowded DLR train ...
Curtains! Pah! Curtains? Are you some kind of metrosexual - with neither beard nor pipe? I spit on you, with your soft namby-pamby ways, with your magazines and your moisturiser...
A real man has a face crinkled by exposure to the sun (not blocked by curtains), and rough as a badger's arse. Heaven alone knows what metaphor that leaves for the roughness of his arse... With a beard that you could lo
ose a ferret in.
Although I'm a bit concerned by him refrigerating his beer and cider. Proper rough scrumpy, which is what one should drink in a shed, ought to be drunk warm and cloudy, and slowly eating its way through the glass. And real beer shouldn't be drunk cold.
"Proper rough scrumpy, which is what one should drink in a shed, ought to be drunk warm and cloudy, and slowly eating its way through the glass"
When my dad was growing up the toothless, cackling man on the allotments would just squeeze rotting apples into a bucket and drink the result.
I notice that although the gentleman is drinking ale, he has not brewed it himself!
His shed will be complete when he has an assortment of barrels and demijohns fitted with fermentation locks in the corner.
While he is completing his fitting out he will need a small transistor radio permanently tuned to TMS on Radio 4.
It seems to me that Brits have a completely different use of the word "shed" than we do here. In Canada a shed is merely a storage unit. It is not additional living quarters. (We would generally call that an add-on.) Men in Canada use their garages as workspaces and hideouts, or a dedicated office/workspace/basement. Indeed, in Western Canada the basement is particularly commmon; hell, mine is 450 sq ft of whatever I want it to be.
So if "shed" in the UK has become synonymous with "man cave" (the North American equivalent), what would you name what we call a "shed?" (A place merely for storage and/or tools.)
Curious about the linguistic differences...
>A place merely for storage and/or tools.
That's what garages are for.
You put a $20,000 car outside in the snow so you can store a $99 broken lawnmower in the garage.
>Curious about the linguistic differences...
I still laugh when Ontario politicians go cottaging at the weekend.
I'm astonished, your letting the side down here. Perhaps you've just not yet seen a working shed. Mind, that would be the term I'd use for it rather than just "shed". I've a basic shed, however it is indeed mostly stuffed with .... umm ... stuff .. but at one point I'll turf the stuff and stuff it with, well working stuff, like oh - that weird saw with the arms and sliders and the spinny thing. And maybe one of those things ya use to put holes in other things.
Right now the shed out back is mostly stuffed with stuff that I need to pull out since its summer and we need the summer stuff out. And I'll have to stuff the winter stuff back in the stuff. Or something like that.
A shed describes the type of building rather than what it is used for. An independent building out in the back garden is either a greenhouse, if it is made mostly of glass, or a shed if it is mostly made of wood or possibly metal or plastic with maybe a few windows. It can be used for storage, a work space or a man's hideaway. It doesn't matter. It is still a shed.
I have an independent building out in the back garden. It is used for storage, and as a work space, and as a man's hideaway. It has three rooms: one for garden stuff, one is my brewery & cheesery, one is a workshop/garage with a 32-foot long workbench and an inspection pit and space for four (generally vintage) cars. It is constructed from brick with a metal roof. It is my shed.
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