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Friday, 13 April 2018

What's in that wheelbarrow?

This week's Sepia Saturday prompt reminds me of the old song about Molly Malone, who "wheeled her wheelbarrow, through streets broad and narrow, crying cockles and mussels, alive alive O! " Other Sepians may very well have already referred to this, and I really don't have anything comparable, but I did find a few wheelbarrows wandering through family albums old and new.

This first photo shows my brother and sister in the garden in the early 1960s. It looks like that's a load of leaves that my sister is perching on. Our Dad was a very keen gardener.

Fast forward about twenty years and above  you see our older son on Christmas Day with the wheel barrow and a load of other gifts he had received for Christmas. In the next photo he's trying it out in the garden with his Dad.

It's still popular a bit later, although again there's nothing actually in it. It was made of solid pine and I wish we still had it for visiting grandchildren, but of course you can't keep everything.

Below are our English grandchildren recently with their Dad's wheelbarrow, supposedly looking for worms, but it was at Easter time and I think an egg hunt may have also been happening in the back garden at the time.

And where do old wheelbarrows go when they are retired? They still have their uses, as you can see below.

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  1. Such enjoyable pictures! That was a pretty sturdy pine wheelbarrow your son had.

  2. Great selection of wheel barrow photos. I love the first one of your brother and sister sporting sun-shielding garden hats!

  3. Cute stuff Jo.Ive got an old barrow with bulbs in the garden,and my old cat Sox used to like to sleep in my wheelbarrow,worn out from garden supervision

  4. Great wheelbarrow shots - I love the idea of planting flowers in one not used for work anymore! By the way, did you happen to see the matchup of your cap and mine in my March 24th #411 post? Just wondering what you thought (or think?)

    1. No I missed it because that was a week I didn't participate but have checked it out now. Looks great!

    2. Glad you like! Using what yarns I had, I thought I got fairly close. I don't normally wear caps unless I'm out in the snow but that one I'm really tempted to keep - just because it has a little more meaning to me than others. :)

  5. Nicely done! I don't like to retire wheelbarrows, I just keep fixing them. Recently I upgraded my old garden barrow with a solid rubber tire as the old pneumatic one was always flat just when I needed to use it.