Monday, December 11, 2017

Wheelbarrow Art, Australia

Sandra, I thought of you when I saw the wheelbarrow shields by Eric Bridgeman.


These were at a museum or gallery in Southbank, Victoria, in late 2016; not sure if they're still there.

Thank you, Donna Anderson, for sending these, and sorry they were lost in the shuffle for a while.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wilderness Wood, East Sussex

Janine Davies' words and photos:

So many wheelbarrows hard at work at Wilderness Wood yesterday! Mainly leaf collecting and transporting, and natural Xmas decorations too. I particularly like the wheelbarrow with Holly in it. 😊

I’m so glad you collect wheelbarrows. The kids at Friday Club really enjoyed listening to why I was taking pictures of wheelbarrows. They totally got the learning to be had from collecting them. It really appealed to them. 😊

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seaweed, North Korea

It seems the legs and bucket are metal, but the rest is wood.
Wheelbarrows are often used to represent hard work, in photos and videos.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Looks like that was a lot of work. Even the tools are resting.

Jonathan Ford's work, wheelbarrow and photo.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Seems like a bad plan

Kat Gray wrote, "Saw this and had to take a picture for you!" The photo was taken in the South Valley, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Maybe it's not as dangerous as it looks.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Israeli marijuana and a miniature wheelbarrow

The image links to an article called "Israeli Kibbutz to Become Worldwide Medical Marijuana Hub," by Liel Leibovitz
Laurie McPherson found this and linked me. I didn't realize it was on someone else's own page, so an interesting exchange took place. I was a little.... snarkastic. Perhaps I should not have been.

A miniature wheelbarrow illustrating a pot story. Sufficiently obscure.

Well thanks for the wheelbarrow! They won't be able to use wheelbarrows to ship their stuff "worldwide." I wonder which internationall shipping company they think is going to carry their stuff reliably through customs to all those other countries!? :-) People can't legally mail it from Colorado to Oregon. I don't know how UPS or FedEx feel about it.

OH, I read the article. Canadians will be importing shipping containers of the stuff. I wonder if the Chihuahuan druglords will send out some speedboats? Poor landlocked Chihuahua...

Little pirate ships claiming shipping containers, and then.... DOH!!!

The owner of the page (who had linked the article) wrote:
I think it will be rendered as a pharmaceutical. Goes where it goes. Chill out, relax, have an open mind. It's all cool.

-=-Chill out, relax, have an open mind.-=-

Golly gosh! Thanks!

So I looked him up and he's a Rabbi in Texas.
Marijuana isn't legal in Texas in any form. Not federally, not in the state. They may be moving toward limited medical uses, which is peachy keen, but at the moment, no.

I had been joking with Laurie about a wheelbarrow, and the Mexican drug lords south of New Mexico, in Chihuahua. I didn't mean to disturb the Texas/Israeli peace.

I didn't expect to be seen as closed minded for joking about mail, shipping companies, and pirates from Chihuahua.

I don't know if that's marijuana in the wheelbarrow. For purposes of this blog, what it is is a wheelbarrow.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Into the trees

Janine Davies wrote with this photo:

Spotted resting between dream catcher adorned trees, on the art trial, at the 'Into The Trees festival', Pippingford Park, The Ashdown Forest, East Sussex.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Karl Morgan picking apples, so Janine (the photographer) can make apple crumble for the family.
Near Rotherfield, East Sussex, September 2017.

Monday, August 28, 2017

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!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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.