March 26, 2011
History Living In The Garden- Gypsy Soul.
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"Simple honest living impacting the land and garden."
A shepherds hut wagon makes for a soulful back yard garden getaway that will wow your guest before they step foot inside. A few historical huts have carried on providing comfort, and shelter to their Shepherd, but by around 1950 most were either pushed into the woods to provide somewhere for the gamekeeper to store his Pheasant feed, or abandoned on the edge of a field, or worse being broken up, and burnt as they had became redundant.
This post aims to record the newly built, and survivors that are still with use. The ones that got away, and those that hide silently, and quietly in the corner of a field "waiting, and just listening." It is these old sheds on wheels for shepherds tending to their flock that hold our true passion for their history, and once again history has a way of recycling. Lets hope they will be around for another 100 years with the interest of preserving them in our gardens.
A perfect European garden cottage furnished with love, and passion to create a welcoming restful place to write, as well as resting with nature. Whether the garden space is roomy, or down right limited in room, you could add a charming touch of history with a found vintage shepherds hut, or recreate one that fits your personality of your garden style making you, and your guest want to stay awhile. I am drawn to natures happiness with the capacity to welcome us into these little home spaces, offering us a promise of happiness.
The History behind Shepherds Huts
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the shepherd's hut was introduced so that
the shepherd could live on the fields for extended periods of time to look after his flock day, and night, a haven of warmth with simple comfort. Such huts were widely used throughout England, and Wales, and followed a similar basic design with a curved corrugated iron roof with a stable door, and small windows on each side so he could keep an eye on his flock. The interior was usually simply furnished, and was warmed by a small cast iron stove. Most huts were built by small agricultural farming firms, some huts were constructed on the farm out of locally sourced materials, but all were built using blacksmith-made forged components such as axles, and draw bars. As farming methods changed over time the shepherd's hut gradually disappeared from the landscapes, those original intact built examples are rare, and hard to find.
They sing to me soulfully, I will have one someday, how about you!!
"Offering us a promise of happiness." Inspire your garden with the love of history.