E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


Zinc cans

A pair of either anodised aluminium or zinc watering cans, one possibly slightly older than the other.

I remember there being a whole set of this shape watering can in my Dad's shed - from little ones for  small flower pots right through to a huge one that I couldn't lift when it was full - even if I'd been willing to help out in his domain, which was the vegetable garden.

These watering cans are, for me at least, exactly the right design and a few years ago I managed to find one in a junk shop. It's brilliant. The spout doesn't drip, it's well balanced and easy to carry, the water never seems to splash out onto my feet or onto the wrong patch of soil unlike some of the more modern ones. It was also clearly over-engineered and built to last

I'm not sure if they still make them like this so I suppose the pair in this picture could be tens of years old
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This last group of pictures is loosely grouped together as "Allotment Art"
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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 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 cans

A pair of either anodised aluminium or zinc watering cans, one possibly slightly older than the other.

I remember there being a whole set of this shape watering can in my Dad's shed - from little ones for  small flower pots right through to a huge one that I couldn't lift when it was full - even if I'd been willing to help out in his domain, which was the vegetable garden.

These watering cans are, for me at least, exactly the right design and a few years ago I managed to find one in a junk shop. It's brilliant. The spout doesn't drip, it's well balanced and easy to carry, the water never seems to splash out onto my feet or onto the wrong patch of soil unlike some of the more modern ones. It was also clearly over-engineered and built to last

I'm not sure if they still make them like this so I suppose the pair in this picture could be tens of years old
.....
This last group of pictures is loosely grouped together as "Allotment Art"
.....

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 for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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comments (21)

  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 00:09
Interesting information and image.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 02:09
They don't make them like they used to, Ellie. We all know that, right?!!! These look like two old friends that really enjoy each other's company. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2009, 02:29
You have rendered the mundane charming Ellie. You are very clever
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 02:30
This is a really wonderful composition. Well done.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2009, 04:08
Informative and enjoyable series Ellie
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 04:12
You are having fun with these cans and I am right behind you smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2009, 04:23
Much better than plastic one well composed photo Ellie
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Feb 2009, 05:11
Wonderful capture of durable, well-designed hardware, Ellie.
Lovely photo, and I just love the patina on the side handle of the one on the right. This has been used many, many times!
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Feb 2009, 08:28
My memories of these cans are much like your's, Ellie. insofar as I can recall Dad having at least on like this. It has a jagged spout and I was forever cutting my leg on it.. ah, happy days! I ,like the shapes created here.
I'd love a proper watering can like these!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 12 Feb 2009, 09:24
Lovely composition and use of dof
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2009, 09:39
Togetherness at the allotment! if you put the two handles together and reversed them you would get a heart. Lovely detail shot.
Ingrid
How touching.
''Ear cans'' Ellie ... If you get my drift ...

Why did they have to convert to plastic ... The proof that these old zinc coated cans last for ages is in the filling of them thousands of times over the decades.

richard
We've still got one like the left hand can Ellie, it gets used occasionally, usually we just let the Summer rain water the gardensmile
Nice composition Ellie.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 12 Feb 2009, 22:40
From the era when things were built to last. Some things can not be improved upon. I love the muted colors...
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 12 Feb 2009, 23:55
Kissing cans, performing a little arabesque ;o) These are the real deal - my favourite kind.
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 15 Feb 2009, 16:18
Fabulous composition. I love the shapes and textures and the earthy tones.
Very clever ! Bravo !

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