Friday, August 4, 2017


"Human Artifacts Found at 46 Ancient Lakes in the Arabian Desert"

I don't know who took the photo, but he left his shadow in it, and he's wearing Indiana Jones' hat.

It's from a Smithsonian online article, August 2017:

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Alex Polikowsky, near Rochester, Minnesota, wrote:
I saved this pictures of a wheelbarrow for sale in my area! It is an antique one! Or vintage as they advertised!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lu's girl's toy wheelbarrow

Diana Jenner sent this photo and wrote:
I told her my friend collects pictures of wheelbarrows and Lu said, "She should have a picture of the girl *and* her wheelbarrow" So here they are!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Green wheelbarrow

Diana Jenner sent this photo, taken in downtown Florence, Oregon. I like all the green, inside, outside, left and right.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gloucester Docks Museum

Cath GB brought this photo. When she told me where it was, I wrote, "Makes sense! It's not for carrying loose stuff (dirt). So it's for carrying sacks of stuff, or boxes of stuff—packaged goods. Nice."

Looks like the wheel is cast iron, or steel. And the axle is bolted onto the wooden forks. So it looks small, but it would be strong.

I went to find the museum. It has had name changes, but here's the site: Gloucester Waterways Museum

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Yarn-bombed wheelbarrow

Cath GB who lives in England sent this, and the notes below:

Sandra, I thought of you today when we spotted this colourful yarnbombed wheelbarrow at the Court Garden in Holt, Wiltshire (a national trust property). Happy to add it to your collection!

There's even is a hedgehog under it, knitted of course.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bo King sketched a wheelbarrow

Years ago, Bo King "did a worksheet." Bo is a friend of my kids (of our family), and used to sit at our house and draw. He drew everywhere, but when he was here, I got to watch. I loved this, and the wheelbarrow is in the upper right, partway between the first wheel and the jet engine.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pink, yellow, unstealable

It would be difficult to sneak this one away. Seems the tire has been spraypainted yellow.

The bins say
food waste

"A pink wheelbarrow, hanging out with the bins at the May Day festivities last night,
held in Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex."—Janine Davies

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Two innies and an outie

Nancy Calhoun, of Stanley, New Mexico, has shared her three wheelbarrows. All are holding art today. Two are small and indoors. One is an full-sized outdoors wheelbarrow holding an exotic item used (we hear) by oceangoing fishermen. Stanley is about 850 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and about that, I think, from the Pacific. So a glass float is a thing of safe, dry, desert beauty.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A basketmaker in Baud (his wheelbarrow)

In 2011 I stayed with Helene McNeill in Baud (In Bretagne, in France). Her neighbor (and the owner of the house she was renting) made baskets, and apple cider. Here is his wheelbarrow, and one of his baskets:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hunting eggs

This is the first Easter Janine and Karl have lived in the country. A basket might have sufficed, when they lived in the city, but Kes needed a wheelbarrow to bring back all the eggs and gifts from the meadow!

Photos by Janine Davies, in Rotherfield, East Sussex, UK

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mystery thing

Janine Davies wrote:
We were very surprised by this wheelbarrow, abandoned it would seem, under a large tree in a wooded area of the Millennium Green in Rotherfield. It was so unexpected to find it there, it was far from anywhere it could have been working, but on reflection we decided some children had probably brought it there for play. 😊

Monday, April 10, 2017

Up on a van

From Rue and Amber Kream, in Massachusetts. I'm guessing this one belongs to a tall man with strong arms.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Australia, from 1940

Claire Horsley sent this from Australia:

The wheelbarrow was made in 1940 and is located in an historic German cottage in Doncaster, Melbourne, called Schramm's Cottage.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nuns in a wheelbarrow

Roman d’Alexandre, Tournai 1338-1344 (Bodleian Library, MS. Bodl. 264, fol. 22r)

Sent by Wendy Neathery-Wise, who found it here: discarding images (on facebook)

I put "France" even though the book is in England, and even though Tournai isn't in France anymore. So I'll add England, too.
More about the manuscript for those who might care: Illuminating the Roman d'Alexandre: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 264—The Manuscript as Monument, or lots more odd border images from medieval manuscripts: (on pinterest)

The Kings Arms wheelbarrow

This wheelbarrow belongs to the Kings Arms pub in Rotherfield, East Sussex.

"It is positioned next to the pub car park, with the pub garden in the background, which then extends onto the village green."
—Janine Davies

So here's how we learn things from a wheelbarrow collection. Here is The Gold Lion's wheelbarrow, which I photographed in 2013, near Winchester, in Hampshire. Pubs have wheelbarrows. I don't suppose ALL *must* have them, but some do. Lots might. In the U.S., I don't think bars have wheelbarrows, nor even rural honky-tonks in the south. So if it comes up in conversation, the difference between a pub and a bar, consider the wheelbarrow factor.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down

Janine Davies wrote:
Wheelbarrows for you Sandra
Two resting against the wood shed, one working in the woods.
All three live at Wilderness wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex.
A very special place that, among lots of other great things, has a Friday Home Ed club, and the best zip wire Kes has even been on apparently.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Shopping "cart"

American Meadows which sells seed for wild flowers and grasses, has a wheelbarrow image for their online shopping cart.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Now with chickens!

Janine Davies:

It's the same green wheelbarrow Sandra, but this time with chickens in it!


Kes and I were using it to transport any logs and branches from around the garden that we found. We then made a log pile with them in their pen, for the chickens to investigate and play/sit on, but they were more interested in the wheelbarrow!

(Kes did manage to push them around in it for a bit 😂)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Wood Store, Brighton

Janine Davies wrote:
A wheelbarrow for you Sandra.

Situated out the back of the garden ideas area of The Wood Store, Brighton, a much loved place of ours, and one we are very happy to now live nearer to. They only use recycled wood to make the things they sell, and they sell only recycled wood for people to make things from. 😊

Thursday, February 9, 2017

So green!

This was a photo of the deep snow, but really the wheelbarrow steals the show!
Marla Briggs took it—not for me, but I snatched it up anyway.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Emily Tonkin spotted this tough, manly wheelbarrow behind a woodworking shop in Pacific Grove, California.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Iced over

Another picture with the blue norhtern New Mexico sky.

Laurie McPherson wrote:
Took this picture just for you. Flat tire, next to a prickly pear, full of rain and snowmelt, iced over but thawing fast on a balmy winter day in Jemez Springs.

I think this is the first photo of a wheelbarrow with ice in it.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Ru Paulette's wheelbarrow

The man is an artist named Ra Paulette. He has created caves from sandstone hills in northern New Mexico. One of the caves is at Origin, where my daughter, Holly, works. They have an Origin Art Cave Tour.

The image above is from a piece on CBS Sunday Morning, and you can watch it here, on Ra Paulette's facebook page, or maybe at the CBS site if you're in the U.S.

Pulling a wheelbarrow behind isn't so easy, so I'm guessing it was empty and he was running or trotting along. I could be wrong. (Keith says "depends on the wheelbarrow.")

Here he is posing with it:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rotherfield wheelbarrow

Janine's smaller wheelbarrow, when they lived in Molesley in Surrey, is here, full of kids and stuff: Grabby Crabby Barrow

Now they've moved to Rotherfield in East Sussex, and I hope Janine will send me photos of wheelbarrows she sees in their new surroundings, as she did from Kingston and thereabout!

Hi Sandra,
A wheelbarrow for you 🙂 An inherited wheelbarrow. Karl found it behind the log cabin at the new house. He is using it to transport fresh kindling and logs to the back door for use in the house wood burners.

Rotherfield, Crowborough, East Sussex, UK

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wheelbarrow and a windmill

Brighton, East Sussex:

"So here for you today is a picture of our wheelbarrow, in Cloud’s field with the sea and Rottingdean windmill in the distance. If you have a publisher called Heinemann in the US you might recognise the windmill from the spines of those books!!!"
—Belinda (from Brighton!)