E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


Zinc butt and green can

Not drowning, just being kept safe - I thought this was a rather handy way of storing a watering can that floats. In the top corners (**well spotted Ray!) you can see the "rose", which is put on the end of the spout to make the water come out in a spray rather than a steady stream.

The water butt in this case is an old zinc water tank probably rescued from either a salvage yard or somebody's attic, after being replaced by a plastic one. It would have been used to store domestic water and ensure there is enough "head" to give decent water pressure from the taps.
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This series of pictures was taken at 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 for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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At the Allotment - January


Zinc butt and green can

Not drowning, just being kept safe - I thought this was a rather handy way of storing a watering can that floats. In the top corners (**well spotted Ray!) you can see the "rose", which is put on the end of the spout to make the water come out in a spray rather than a steady stream.

The water butt in this case is an old zinc water tank probably rescued from either a salvage yard or somebody's attic, after being replaced by a plastic one. It would have been used to store domestic water and ensure there is enough "head" to give decent water pressure from the taps.
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This series of pictures was taken at 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 for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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comments (19)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2009, 00:20
Watering can soup? You Brits are crazy smile
EJWilkins: It's amazing what yuo'll eat when you're hungry wink
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Feb 2009, 02:26
These allotments are very resourceful.
Tony
EJWilkins: Yes, they are. None of them have sheds to store tools etc, so they have to be
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Feb 2009, 07:16
My watering can can gets most use on frost mornings; I use it to de-frost the car! I don't have a garage so the car stays out on the drive. A quick whizz round with COLD water and the clear and safe to drive away. No spraying and scraping for me! None of this has anything to do with the photo, though! I like the reflection and the apparent distortion given to the watering can below the surface.
EJWilkins: Yep, and that's something not many people know.
This is a fine study of something your inquisitive eye has disciovered Ellie
EJWilkins: That's a really polite way of saying I'm nosey wink
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2009, 09:55
Well spotted Ellie. An interesting subject.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: It looks rather odd, don't you think?
nice shot....and yes a handy way indeed of storing watering cans...my mom does this as well back on the island....smile
EJWilkins: I'd never noticed anybody do this before, so it was a novelty for me
Quality photography here, Ellie. This is interesting. The feeling is of something having drowned.
EJWilkins: That's what I thought it looked like, but a safe sort of picture
LOL at Martin...has he only just worked that out?

I love this series Ellie, it is a tradition that is gradually being squeezed out of existence despite the demand for allotments. These are a fine record
EJWilkins: I'm not sure I'd try watering can soup.

I'm going to go back there again to take some more pictures. I don't think these particular allotments are at risk, but it's an interesting sort of record. I hope nobody's getting too bored
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Feb 2009, 10:51
Looking at the sediment and stuff on this can, it spent quite some time since the last use. The owner done a scupper as a result of the 'sorry' bank owners? Seen in this way, it is a very dramatic picture.

PS. I have just seen Johnny's blog of yesterday. Thoughtful chap.
EJWilkins: I'd think it's the permanent place, there are no sheds, so space is at a premium.

(yes, JG is a thoughtful sort of chap smile )
Estas muy poetica ultimamente...
Esta es muy bonita.
EJWilkins: Estoy contento usted tengo gusto de este cuadro, gracias.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Feb 2009, 12:08
Well spotted Ellie
EJWilkins: I'm inherently nosey, and love poking into corners to see what's there. wink
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Feb 2009, 12:58
Lucky me!
On my monitor the "rose" has relocated to the top right corner.
[grin]
EJWilkins: Well spotted Ray, there's one in each corner wink
Lol at Ray, it's the same on my screen as well Elliesmile A very well spotted picture Ellie, obviously a very resourceful gardener.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 11 Feb 2009, 15:32
Watering can soup ;-) Martin, made me laugh. Well spotted Ellie, I enjoy these allotment images very much.
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 11 Feb 2009, 18:53
It was a long time that I was not gone to visit you, Ellie. I see that you prepare the garden for the new season ! I like the wheelbarrow and the ivy which escapes from the bottle !
but will they remember they left it there ... quirky and nicely spotted. richard
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 11 Feb 2009, 19:46
LOL you would need an ice axe to get it out again here. Our pond is still frozen ;o)
Good place to store the watercan - out of sight and safe from being blown around by the wind. Very Clever owner, and very clever photographer.
If the photographies are the essence of the photographer, Ellie, fodder that now we are not spending our better moment. I say by this series yours to them and the series that I am raising. Note sadness and melancholy. Perhaps it is a form to see the things and to represent them. ButÂ… will say a thing, neither your nor I to you we are sad, truth? : D: D

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