Nic and Henrietta Fiddian-Green
Nic Fiddian-Green’s canvas bhurj (right) was a birthday present from his wife, Henrietta. “Originally, she bought me a pretty little pavilion tent,” he says. “But it wasn’t man enough, so I exchanged it for a bhurj, which is more heavy-duty, more wild-style.”
A sculptor (best known for his bronze-cast horses’ heads), Nic has used his tent as a mobile studio, working literally under cover, while his equine models wandered around the field wherever the tent was pitched, But more often it is used as a multi-purpose summer space.
“The kids play in the tent, we often eat in it, and we’ve had countless parties in it,” says Henrietta, who has also used it as a spare room. “So many people have slept in that tent.”
The bhurj was made in India for London tent company, Raj Tent Club. In plain, cream canvas, lined with hand-printed cotton and decorated with “bobbly bits”, it has a central pole. “The sides roll up so you can use it like a giant parasol,” says Nic.
Until recently, the FiddianGreens (they have three children) lived in a small cottage, where the tent made a useful garden extension.
“It was particularly useful when we were doing work on the house, giving extra living space to get away from the builders’ mess,” says Henrietta.
In the summer, the tent is sometimes moved from the garden to a sunken wood on the Fiddian-Greens’ land, where it is transformed from dining room or playroom to rustic retreat.
“If the mood takes us, we just migrate to the tent and camp for the night, or the week,” says Nic. “We also take it to Norfolk for summer holidays. It is a very practical tent.”
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