E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


A real-barrow

This ancient wheelbarrow has seen better days, but it's still serviceable.
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This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful to the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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*** Apologies to those of you who may have seen this picture in January, but I had put these pictures in what I thought was some sort of logical order and it got spoiled a bit by the downtime. So I'm re-running the last few, including this wheelbarrow which some of you have already commented on.

Please be patient, I'll get there in the end!***
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At the Allotment - January


A real-barrow

This ancient wheelbarrow has seen better days, but it's still serviceable.
.....

This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful to the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
.....

*** Apologies to those of you who may have seen this picture in January, but I had put these pictures in what I thought was some sort of logical order and it got spoiled a bit by the downtime. So I'm re-running the last few, including this wheelbarrow which some of you have already commented on.

Please be patient, I'll get there in the end!***
.

comments (26)

Great stuff Ellie. It is wearing rather thin but still doing its stuff, from the look of it
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 31 Jan 2009, 12:55
The amount of times I have used a barrow just like this Ellie.smile
Great capture Ellie. This is a real one indeed!
I bet this barrow could tell some stories of its long and hardworking like! A real-life shot.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 1 Feb 2009, 16:01
I love the rusty holes, although the tenants may have a different opinion!
  • Noa
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Feb 2009, 00:12
Nice texture shot Ellie. This barrow though looks like it's beyond serviceable! smile

Isn't there usually a long waiting list for allotments?
  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Feb 2009, 00:44
This is exactly like my wheelbarrow, which believe it or not I did manage to throw into a skip a few years ago! So now I am barrow-less but surviving without - but I love this shot of an old faithful gardening friend!
I've got one just like this, used for keeping the rain in at the moment. Well seen Ellie.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2009, 03:14
As long as it works! It doesn't have to be pretty. Nice composition.
Un tema muy bien elegido.
Ancient yes, but it sure is better than not having one and wouldn't want to move dirt without it. Like the processing in this image, almost looks monochrome except for the wheelbarrow. Great framing.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Feb 2009, 02:56
Wonderful shot Ellie, this barrow has certainly seen some use
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Feb 2009, 06:03
Can I please borrow this wheelbarrow from you, I am cleaning out a room and saved a million things and things...
Wonderful captured of a tool so loved, only they did not do a good job taking care of it...
I will follow you in the series.
Have a nice day smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Feb 2009, 06:10
Rust and hard work will get u every time good image Ellie
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Feb 2009, 08:16
..and will go on for years to come I susspect, although I see some holes have already developed.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Feb 2009, 08:35
A fine homage to this good ancient wheelbarrow which has served so many years- the traces of hard work can still be seen! My suggestion: you could fill it with some earth, plant some flowers inside and put it up in a quiet corner of the allotment- a fine way of its retirement and a delight for our eyes!
The expression "built to last" comes to mind Ellie. This is a far more robust barrow than the ones from Homebase you get these days.
This image yours has surprised to me very pleasingly, Ellie. I can see a good composition, perspective, detail, treatment. I congratulate to you by this work!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 7 Feb 2009, 12:41
These rusty old implements make great subjects, don't they?

This looks like a MkII with the more powerful engine, as evidenced by the twin exhausts.

It wasn't until the late 70's that anti-corrosion warranties began to emerge, making old rust-buckets like this gradually disappear from our roads.

It wouldn't get an MOT now, but I bet it still drives well.
The grunge is developing nicely .. a patina that can only be achieved by years of being neglected by lazy gardeners. Very good Ellie.

richard
If it could only talk tongue
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 7 Feb 2009, 20:17
-There's a hole in the bucket (hrmmm ;-) Wheel barrow) Eliza!!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 8 Feb 2009, 13:31
Doesn't look very healthy. I have two that I use as planter boxes.

The community gardens have a market on a regular basis to sell off excess stock after the regular gardeners have taken what they need.
yes it is! We still use this wheelbarrow in Suriname!
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2009, 20:15
Glad you re-posted, Ellie. Great image. Reminds me of the one my grandmother made available to us for assorted chores.
interesting picture

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