Wendy Houses and She Sheds – A room of one’s own
The Virginia Wolfe quote “a room of one’s own” is the notion that all women deserve and need a room of their own to think, ponder, relax or simply be. The Wendy House in the U.K is a tradition that has been around since J.M. Barrie designed the first Wendy house in 1904 for the play Peter Pan. Wendy was injured soon after her arrival in Never-land so Peter Pan and the lost boys built a small house around her where she had fallen. Since that time Wendy Houses or play houses have been built for both little girls and boys across the globe. These days though the Wendy House and She Shed has become a place where women can reclaim a room of their own.
The Huffington Post calls “She Sheds” the women’s answer to the man cave, these “sheds” are generally at the bottom of the garden, enclosed within high shrubs, plants and flowers and eclectically furnished and kitted out by the ladies who own them.
At the bottom of the garden we are housesitting at in the Yorkshire Dales the little Wendy House at the bottom of the garden is a treasure trove of Laura Ashley styled girliness. From a collection of tiny teapots and butterflies the soft furnishings are covered in English garden flowers. The shed is painted pink and blue with a lovely little table to enjoy a cup of tea on. There is a tiny electric heater for colder days and the shed is definitely for the lady of the house.
Even the Queen has a Wendy House, tucked away from public view in the south side of the gardens of Windsor’s Royal Lodge stands a miniature thatched, white-washed cottage.’ Called Y Bwthyn Bach, or The Little House, it has been there for nearly 80 years and was given to Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret in 1932 as a gift from the people of Wales on Elizabeth’s 6th birthday.
It was designed by architect Edmund Willmott who had earlier built a less grand little house for his own daughter to play in, it was intended as a symbol of the love and fascination of the Welsh people for the little princess who was, at that stage, never expected to become Queen said an article in the Daily Mail. (these two photos of the Queen’s house are from the Daily Mail)
Country Living has some great ideas for making over an old garden shed or creating an entirely new escape for yourself.
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