Even the Golfer looked at me blankly when I said I was going to build a bothy as until then I hadn’t realised the word was not in everyone’s vocabulary – and indeed may be more of a Scottish term, although not used exclusively in Scotland. Traditionally, a bothy is a one-roomed hut, usually located in remote mountainous or moorland areas and for use as a shelter by anyone passing, but were sometimes provided for gardeners on large estates – look it up if you are not sure. Mine, however, was created to serve a slightly different function, a slightly harebrained function you might have thought if I had described the scheme to you prior to its construction. The Golfer certainly thought so but is now quietly in awe of its success.
Do you remember when I climbed the scaffolding around the ash tree that The Golfer was lopping and lusted after a vantage point, which until now was totally absent from the garden? Well, I now have my vantage point, definitely full of photo-taking potential, from which I can survey much of the back end of the garden, increasingly covered in leaves as you can see:
And how does the bothy provide this? Having used reclaimed bricks (half taken up from the front of our house where we have relaid paviors to provide easier parking for the campervan) and slates it already looks as if it has been there many years, but this facade hides a secret – it is backless….. The door and window are decorative rather than functional and the open back allows access to storage for all the plant supports and paraphernalia that are a pain to store in the shed over the winter and tend to get stacked (thrown) in a corner of the garden instead: