Recounting the adventures of my humble garden shed as she wings her way around the Midlands, playing host and providing shelter for artists, musicians and poets.


Mail out time!

Hello Everyone!

I’m sending a brief message to let you all know about LOAF 2013

(LOAF stands for Life & Other Art Festival)

It is an annual event, and this year will be held on July 6th and 7th at The Coach House Arts Centre, Rectory Rd Oldswinford, Stourbridge. It is a fairly intimate event, originally started by the Life Drawing group as a way to view each other’s art work. Over the last four years it has grown, and now takes place over the whole weekend: 10-5 Saturday, 11-4 Sunday. It encompasses the best of the work that the drawing group have done over the year… not just their life drawing, but the rest of their practice too. The Rebellious Quilters show a wide range of textile work. Refreshments provided include an astonishing array of delicious home made cakes!

The exciting development that happened in 2010 was that my shed installation formed part of the exhibition… sited in the courtyard of the coach house, it plays host to a variety of poets and singer songwriters, as a showcase for original talent. I am hugely proud of this part of the event… my shed looks great, and the music is always of a tremendous high standard, and we are beginning to get a bit of a reputation…

It would be great if you could come, please seek me out and say hello if you do. If you can’t come, but know of anyone else you think would like to join us in drinking tea, eating cake, looking at beautiful things and listening to wonderful acoustic music, please spread the word far and wide!

To keep up-to-date with any further announcements, or to check out links to the musicians so you can have a listen to them before you come, please visit my website at

I look forward to seeing you!




Everything’s booked now, except the van , which is always a thorny issue… I wish I had my own! So this is how LOAF 13 looks:

The Coach House Community Arts Centre

Rectory Road




A wonderful array of varied art from the life drawing group, a plethora of quilts from the Rebellious Quilters, and a weekend programme of eclectic acoustic music and poetry from The Shed…

Saturday 6th July:

12.00 – 12.30 Brendan Hawthorne

12.45 – 1.15 Kim Lowings

1.30 – 2.00 Andy Richards

2.15 – 2.45 Angela Armstrong

3.00 – 3.15 Rob Tew

3.45 – 4.15 Rob Lane

Sunday 7th July:

11.15 – 11.45 Heather Wastie

12.00 – 12.30 Kate Wragg

12.45 – 1.15 Alex Vann

1.30 – 2.00 Paul Liddell

2.15 – 2.45 Anja McCloskey

3.00 – 3.45 Dan Whitehouse

If you want to listen to any of the artists before you plan your weekend, just click on their websites below…

Rob Lane – www.robertlanemusic.blogsp
Angela Armstrong – angiearmstrong1/music
Kim Lowings – http:// kimlowings
Alex Vann –
Heather Wastie – http://
Paul Liddell –
Anja McCloskey –
Andy Richards –
Kate Wragg –

Brendan Hawthorne – and


Below is the link to my website, where you can keep track of bookings and developments for LOAF 13…..

But if you can’t be bothered, here’s the list of performers as it stands so far… this one’s going to be great!

Rob Lane – www.robertlanemusic.blogsp
Angela Armstrong –
Kim Lowings –
Alex Vann –
Heather Wastie –
Paul Liddell –
Anja McCloskey –
Andy Richards –
Kate Wragg –


It’s that time of year again. I’m in the process of booking people to play in my shed for LOAF (Life & Other Art Festival) on July 6th and 7th. The weather is good over this bank holiday, so I’ve been out to carefully inspect her… Oh dear…

She is in need of a little tlc… she needs a good scrub, inside and out. Some fabric has fallen off under the pressure of snow upon snow, frost, wind, hail, rain and even sunshine takes its toll. I have assessed that the red, white and blue jubilee theme from last year has faded to paler pinks and blues, and the wood, once a pressure treated orange, has now faded to a grainy silvery colour between the strips of fabric. So she’s looking rather subtle and lovely really, so any fabric I replace I think will play along with that. But I think, next year, to ensure a long life, the wood will need to be treated, so I will, after LOAF 13, strip all the fabric off, and possibly paint her yellow, and brighten things up considerably for 2014!

When I have confirmation of performers, I will post a link to my website events page so you can go and see how great the line up is going to be!


The shed has now come home, and is in her rightful place at the top of my garden. She’s in need of a little tlc, and probably a lot of sunshine to dry out her boggy bottom!

This is probably my last “Shedding” post for the season, unless she gets a surprise invitation to go somewhere else… you never know…