Sunday, December 4, 2016
The text is from Kelly Exeter, at this site: http://kellyexeter.com.au/manifesto-for-a-simple-life
The comment I left when that was first shared (and I linked this blog):
And there's a wheelbarrow. Wheelbarrow appreciation can make the world a more beautiful place, too, if every time you see a wheelbarrow you think of the history and elegance and the power it gives a single person to carry more than his or her own weight.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
This wheelbarrow is just like one Colleen sent a photo of the other day. I looked and thought I'd never seen one quite like that, and then that video popped up while I was looking for something entirely unrelated.
Link to the post with Colleen's neighbor's wheelbarrow:
Poem (which is the voice-over, and is great) by Eric Johnson
Imagine the surprise to those passing by,
the quizzical looks, the wondering why.
What's that in the woods on the edge of Cle Elum?
Would anyone believe ya if you dared even tell 'em?
The wheelbarrow's a rickshaw for dirt and debris,
a long shot for glory and immortality.
But there in the trees among pine cones and sparrows,
is a sky scraping tower of rusty wheelbarrows.
There was no master plan when he first stacked dirt carriers,
imagination and gravity his only true barriers.
Does he rent them? Does he steal them? Is he on the straight and narrow?
Does his old dog Hunter beg, steal and wheel-barrow?
But he could only go so far without pushing his luck,
what the stacker really needed was a big fire truck.
And then just this morning, like a gift dropped from heaven,
came the big ladder truck from fire district seven.
Of all the great towers in all this great world,
we should remember and try to be mindful.
Spectacular feats of engineering and vision,
Babel, and Pisa, Eiffel.
But when they ask you to name the greatest of towers,
made by kings, czars or pharaohs,
Be sure to tell 'em,
'bout the one in Cle Elum,
Known simply as "Tower Wheelbarrows"
And when the stacking is done
and the stacker grows old,
there will be no sad goodbye.
He'll look up for a while then Stephen will smile,
and climb his wheelbarrow stairway to the sky.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Colleen Prieto wrote: "Our elderly friend who lives in town lent us her fabulous old wheelbarrow so we could move woodchips from a pile in our front yard to the gardens out back. Thought you might like a photo :-)"
Friday, August 19, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
"I took this photo at Camp Baker in Florence, Oregon." —Renee Cabatic
I looked it up. Camp Baker is a Boy Scout camp. Here's a video, in case someone here wants to hear the local accents and see where those wheelbarrows live. My guess (I could be wrong) is that the wheelbarrows are to help kids get their gear to the campsites, and back out after they strike tents and whatnot. The dune descent contest seven minutes in is fun.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Within just a few hours, Alex succeeded!
Nancy Wooton named it "Weedlebarrow."
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
We were in Seabrook, New Hampshire yesterday and came across this wheelbarrow (and its shadow :-)) parked at the side of a dirt road that extends out into a marsh where many, many swallows, House Sparrows, and some Purple Martins nest.
Thought of you and so grabbed a quick photo -
I have the urge to pose the wheelbarrow on that oriental rug near the fire hydrant, myself.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
Janine Davies wrote:
A wheelbarrow for you 😊
Photographed by a pigsty, which is in the garden of the Kings Arms pub, Rotherfield, East Sussex. The wheelbarrow has a single roll of turf in it and is very muddy. In the background...some pigs.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
The sign on the seat says "Wheelbarrow bench £395".
I googled "wheelbarrow bench." There are many images, though few as beautiful as the one above. Lots have normal rubber wheels and less elegant bench seats. For camping, though, it's a great idea—equipment could be moved from the automobile to the camping spot, and then the movers could sit and rest!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
"Cute and mini is our kind of gardening!"
Someone who works at Michaels arts and crafts store created and photographed that I think. On facebook, they asked for photos of other people's gnome gardens. Perhaps wheelbarrows will show up there, too.
Alicia Gonzalez-Lopez, who created the mini-me with a wheelbarrow, sent the image with this note:
A little wheelbarrow in a fairy garden. :) cute!
I think the LEGO wheelbarrow is tinier than this one. ;)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
I asked her if the wheelbarrow was the only real thing, and she wrote:
Well, it's a real barn with real hay and real goats--about 120 goats. I think they use the wheelbarrow to transport the feed from the storage silos they had nearby to inside the barn to a feeding trough for the goats.
So I'll classify it as a working wheelbarrow, on break.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
It's freshly placed and created, and being planted up as I write. I'll do an after picture for you when the plants are bigger. I like the design of it.
UPDATE, two months later and note from Janine:
This one is now overflowing with flowers. I sent you a photo a while back of it when it had been freshly placed and there was only soil in it. One red handle appears to be the only visible sign of the barrow now.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
I never noticed until I uploaded this that they're both from the same company, "TruTemper." The wheelbarrow, we've had for at least 15 years. We've replaced the tire (maybe the whole wheel). The yard cart is only a couple of years old. We've worn out two others, maybe different brands.
We have three little ramps in the yard, for the wheelbarrows. When I take the garden cart on them, I teip it over to one wheel. Maybe someday I'll bring photos of the ramps.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Clicking this should get you to the book facsimile.
Friday, April 15, 2016
My old wheelbarrow after it was crushed by the tail end of a branch that dropped from a huge gum tree we had in our front garden at the time; during the night, hours after I'd finished work for the day fortunately (the tree was subsequently removed).
So here is Adam Daniel and commentary with the wheelbarrow that has a deep container, and below is the one with a flat surface. Not sure, then if it's still technically a barrow. Still, nice details. Photos by Adam's mom, Julie.
Both have iron-clad wheels.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
This is what was left of our wheelbarrow (it had a green plastic tub) after the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires. http://www.blacksaturdaybushfires.com.au
I had moved the wheelbarrow out to the front of our property to fill up with leaf litter from under a huge gum tree, as part of our fire preparation. I'd done a few loads in the week leading up to the fires, and had left it there to do some more when I got a chance. It was sitting there when the fire went through (me removing more leaf litter wouldn't have made any difference, nothing could have stopped the fire at this stage). Our house is about 10m behind me when I took this photo - the house was untouched but the ground all around on either side was burnt like this. We had an oak tree to the south, and the fire approached from that direction. The oak tree was shrivelled and dry on the southern side, the shed next to the tree burnt down, and the fire split and went either side of the tree (and our house) and then met again in the paddock to the north. So we were extremely lucky (we weren't home, we'd evacuated a few hours earlier).
Friday, April 1, 2016
The photos are late 19th, early 20th century. I've shown the difference between a Chinese wheelbarrow and a European—with different origins, one replacing a beast of burden, and one with a wheel replacing the other person carring the other end of a barrow.
Below is something more like the Chinese barrow, and also like a litter with two bearers.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
First, I love this photo. Rob Schnepp took it at Mount Edgcumbe, in Cornwall, while they were setting up. I asked for a larger image, and he sent it with these note:
The backdrop looked so good so I had to capture it with the Barrows.The image links to a post on their site.
I play the part of the Red Baron (or Red Barrow as he's now called).
In this particular show we started with our flags right up the top of the hill by the Manor House so it would look striking as we all walked down to the performance area. Aside from the weather (it was raining), I think we got the desired effect
Here's the Red Barrow, downed:
If you're in the UK, they have five appearances scheduled between the end of April and early August: Arrow Barrows (righthand column has the schedule). There are other images there, as well.
A previous post in this blog: Synchronized Wheelbarrows in Cornwall
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Spot Nixon sent this in late winter, 2016.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
I wrote steel, but I suppose some of it is not so noble as steel. Iron, perhaps, the wheel and some other parts? Comments are welcome.