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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Little Red Shed

This is a very small building in the back yard of another house and I assume that it is used as a shed rather than to live in (at least nowadays). In the summer you would hardly see it behind trees and bushes and high grass, but now in the early spring it caught my eye. The white tree trunk in the foreground is a birch, in case you don't have any of those where you live. Very common in Sweden, and together with red cottages they are something of a national symbol.

Adrian noted in a comment on my post with the beehives the other day that we seem to paint a lot of buildings red in Sweden. There is a reason, and I repeat my additional comment here:

"Falu red or Falun red (in Swedish Falu rödfärg) is the name of a Swedish, deep red paint well known for its use on wooden cottages and barns. The paint originated from the copper mine at Falun in Dalarna, Sweden. The traditional colour remains popular today due to its effectiveness in preserving wood. The earliest evidence of its use dates from the 16th century."


rae said...

How interesting! We just heard of another place with a "trademark color," in Charleston, SC. I love when details like color have extra significance!

Ginny said...

Thanks for reminding us about the red paint, it is a very interesting fact. The little house is so cute!!! I already have plans in my head for it, of course. But they really need to cut back some of those shrubs!! My husband would have a fit! I'd love to see grass all around it, a tiny windowbox with flowers, and it could be a children's playhouse.

Sandra said...

maybe Goldilocks and the three bears live there, or snow white and the 7 dwarfs, what a cute building. I love the red of the buildings. some of the barns in US are painted red, maybe for the same reason, it preserves the wood. bring on more of these red buildings

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...thanks for the information...I was wondering myself why so many red buildings. I love facts like this about other countries. They really help us understand lives outside of our borders.


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