Monday, December 31, 2018

Whelks, from a wheelbarrow (Victorian days)

I don't have a photo, but maybe someone will come across on.

I wasn't looking up wheelbarrows, but checking how to spell "whelk" (whether it was "welk," and it is not), for writing a bit about how Koreans use toilet paper for napkins and nose wipe and all else. Or they did when it was a poorer country and not a family might use tissues (like Kleenex) for everything from paper towels to butt-wipe.

Anyway, I found this:
Take a peek under the whelk's shell, however, and you'll find it to be quite an eccentric little chap. Sold out of wheelbarrows in Victorian London, the whelk was a popular street food in the poorer neighbourhoods of Whitechapel and Lambeth...

Times, of course, have changed. No one would dream of eating street food from a wheelbarrow.

(Quote from: Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable, so why did we stop eating them in the UK?)

Seafood with a shell, from a wheelbarrow, brings to mind the song "Molly Malone, which starts:
In Dublin's fair city, where girls are so pretty
I first laid my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow, through streets dark and narrow,
Crying "Cockels and mussle, alive, alive-o"

She's usually shown with a flat, wooden hand cart, in images I've seen in music books, and a statue they have in Dublin now.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A small load of large firewood

When this photo arrived from Bruno Venturini Machado, I commented "Whose is it and where? How is someone going to split that wood in Lisbon without risking breaking tile or windows? Car windows and houses? 🙂"

Bruno said they weren't in Lisbon, they were at a farm in the north of Portugal. So there! Safe to split wood. The trees in New Mexico don't make wood like that! I love the small diffences between places.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmassy Wheelbarrows

That photo original appeared among others in November 2017, but all by itself, it's like a wheelbarrowy Christmas card! Thanks again, Janine!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Muddy wheelbarrow in very clean truck

Here's some Albuquerque contrast for today. The truck is maximally clean. The wheelbarrow, not.

The truck and wheelbarrow are the same colors as the sky and trees!

Laurie McPherson spotted and sent this.