Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shed Your Office Hours

ink & watercolour illustration, 5.5" x 8.25" [14.5 x 21cm]

There are sheds, and there are sheds.  This one falls into the latter category. 

I'd be quite happy to have one of these tucked in my garden ~ an old whitewashed-timber studio and its corrugated iron roof that can't be heard over when the rain pounds down on it.  An endearing spot where I could sit overlooking the lavender bush I don't have, while sipping tea that I do have, and wearing designer gumboots I don't have.  Not today, though ~ I'd be passed out on the floor from heatstroke.   Curse you, February...

I'm not sure if any of that ever goes on in this former stable-turned-office, but it is quaint and alluring.  It {and the cottage it accompanies} belongs to heritage architect Peter Freeman and his wife Tanny, in the town of Moruya on the NSW South Coast, as featured in Country Style's Australian February edition. 

I suspect they have real gumboots...

19 comments:

  1. I do agree that that shed is certainly a shed rather than a mere shed, and I feel a bit bad now as I happen to have a pair of designer gumboots to suit your idyll. Would you accept one boot and we'll have one each?

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  2. ooh! my aunt and uncle in-law have a place in Moruya! they cruise about on their yacht when not enjoying their stunning views.

    (as you might imagine, they are very well-to-do indeed! drives my father in law nuts ;)

    But they don't have a shed office, so they couldn't be THAT cool, now could they!

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  3. I can imagine being overrun with all kinds of creative thoughts in such a charming shed! I love the whole idea of having outbuildings, and experienced my biggest bolt of envy while visiting friends who were living in what had once been Matisse's studio/greenhouse (he had even carved some signature posies into the cement doorstep). Sigh.

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  4. Hmmm, maybe you should start with the lavender bush.

    I probably wouldn't get a whole lot of work done around there. I'd be too busy admiring the shed and the garden.

    WV: yethingso. Yeah, I think so.

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  5. That shed would bring out the creativity in anyone!

    You forgot to add the A/C you don't have to your little scenario. Man, that doesn't sound right. ;-)

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  6. Mise ~ that's a beautiful offer, thank you, but I couldn't possibly risk you stepping on a cow pat with the unshod foot. Saints preserve us.

    Anne ~ now THAT is a small world! I suspect they have the gumboots, though.

    Alexa ~ I love those stories of yours. The people you know ... the places you've been ... ahh.

    Hiker ~ I'll procure a lavender macaron and think about it.

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  7. ANYTHING with corrugated tin/iron is good by me. And the lavender bush sounds just right.

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  8. Alexa, I experienced a pang of jealousy just knowing you got to visit that place!

    Shell, I agree with the Hiker. You could start with the lavender. It grows well in dry places.

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  9. I have a shed of sorts but not a (sigh) shed. I do have the gumboots though (like a good Sydney girl) and the lavender bush. Also a nice range of teas. You're welcome over any time and we can share the boots.

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  10. Paula, Petrea ~ Hiker's lavender bush is gaining momentum. It might be time to try one of those hybrids they've "conveniently" developed to withstand our humidity. Hopefully I can learn a thing or two from them...

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  11. Debs ~ sorry, we overlapped!! Wow, you have ticked most of the boxes ~ how wonderful! I shall file your most gracious invitation in my memory banks {the elephant-like ones, not the sieve-like ones} and may startle you in five years time when I make it to Sydney again. And I'm putting gumboots on my shopping list, together with the hybrid lavender bush.

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  12. I can see you ensconced right there SHSH! It's got you written all over it. Now about Matisse's cottage....oh my goodness!!!
    V

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  13. Speaking of vintage typewriters, this shed deserves one. Virg should send you her picture of one from last year.

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  14. Ooh, if I had a marvelous shed such as this, it couldn't be anywhere that rains very much. All I would do is lay in bed and read books while listening to the drops ting-tang along the roof (I can't think of another word to describe the sound).

    That it in front of the door looks like a pretty wonderful place to sit with a cup of coffee. You really brought this little shed to life Shell!

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  15. Cali ~ désolée, I just realised I hadn't replied to your comment, sorry! A/C may not be romantic, but nor is heat stroke ~ a very sensible addition to the list. ;)

    Virginia, Alexa ~ one of my exes had a beautiful {if dense} cocker spaniel named Matisse, by the way. I still think of her first when I hear the name.

    Hiker ~ nice touch!

    Thanks, Amy ~ and 'ting-tang' is another one for the dictionary. :)

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  16. Thanks, Vicki! I can only begin to imagine what yours would be like if you had one...

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  17. Love love love this shed! Your drawing is just so amazingly alluring. I'd also need a huge comfy sofa covered in a cheery fabric, a big stack of fashion and home decor magazines, a little fridge stocked with cool drinks, and a little bell to ring when more grapes need peeling.

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  18. Katie ~ I see, so you already have the grape peeler organised. I like your priorities. :)

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