A FEW drops of rain . . . followed by the heat of the June sun, but I sketch on regardless
in my new pop-up shelter: it makes a perfect bird hide and portable mini-studio.
It has an advantage over my fishing umbrella; I always end up with one arm wrapped
around the pole when I'm drawing using an umbrella, which isn't all that comfortable.
In the past I've tried a carp fishing shelter and even an Ikea kiddies’ tent (see
15th July 2006) but this Ninja Corporation Pop-up Shelter is the neatest portable
bird hide/drawing shelter that I've come across, thanks to the ingenious design.
It folds down into a circular black bag the diameter of a car tyre so, when I first
tried it, I’d underestimated its size (in fact I can sit comfortably in it on my
canvas chair with plenty of headroom) and decided to try setting it up in the living
room . . .
It rapidly unfurled, like a life-raft being inflated, to fill the space between the
sofas! In the confined space I found it difficult to fold it up again and I didn’t
want to force the springy struts so, starting to panic, I phoned Netto’s head office
(they’ve currently got it on sale at a bargain price). They couldn’t help so I was
just about to e-mail the manufacturers (see link below) when I took a deep breath
and tried once more, this time successfully: it rolls up like a multi-dimensional
Swiss roll and fits snugly back in the carrier.