Of Wheelbarrows and Pansies.

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Mysteriously a used wheelbarrow with spare wheel was left in our garden outside our back garden gate last night. A gift? Dumped?
It's saleable. :)

We already have a good one.

Planted winter flowering pansies along the main road this sunny morning for the local community to enjoy this coming season.

Hardly any rain for a fortnight here, so I, an aquarius, did the job. Gallon by gallon for hundreds of yards!

A wheelbarrow easily fits four full watering cans and at least five gallons loose. We are talking hundreds of metres! Guerilla gardening knocks the laziness outta ya. Who needs a gym? :)
 
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Mysteriously a used wheelbarrow with spare wheel was left in our garden outside our back garden gate last night. A gift? Dumped?
It's saleable. :)

We already have a good one.

Planted winter flowering pansies along the main road this sunny morning for the local community to enjoy this coming season.

Hardly any rain for a fortnight here, so I, an anquarius, did the job. Gallon by gallon for hundreds of yards!

A wheelbarrow easily fits four full watering cans and at least five gallons loose. We are talking hundreds of metres! Guerilla gardening knocks the laziness outta ya. Who needs a gym? :)
Excellent! I remember a wedding celebration many years back that a guest got well and truly pissed and lost his way ,he was found by local youths who placed him in a wheel barrow and knocked on every door asking??? " missus do you own him"? poor chap was never let live it down.
 

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Excellent! I remember a wedding celebration many years back that a guest got well and truly pissed and lost his way ,he was found by local youths who placed him in a wheel barrow and knocked on every door asking??? " missus do you own him"? poor chap was never let live it down.
Thanks richie268,

Wheelbarrows are very useful for gathering fallen leaves, they can be compressed and then used as a mulch to cover compost heaps, and smother weeds. We get about 20 barrow loads every year before the county council truck sucks them up.

Derry Jim a selftaught bricklayer I knew in the Salford UK 1974 could move sixthy bricks in a wheelbarrow.... yes all at once!
 

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Mysteriously a used wheelbarrow with spare wheel was left in our garden outside our back garden gate last night. A gift? Guerilla gardening knocks the laziness outta ya. Who needs a gym? :)
Its not a gift, think of it as a motivational tool:p I expect you to keep Glasnevin free from the deluge of leaves that are about to fall and clog the drains.
 

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Its not a gift, think of it as a motivational tool:p I expect you to keep Glasnevin free from the deluge of leaves that are about to fall and clog the drains.

Furze.
Don't for one minute think I couldn't clear Glasnevin of a few leaves. For a self motivated ex Hod Carrier, it would be dead easy! :)

Will you supply the tea, Bacon and egg sammies? Then the Guinness at the end of the short day when I finish the job?
 

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God - you got a free barrow, time on your hands, experience of physical hardship,don't have to run (and pay) like an idiot on Ben Dunnes threadmill. Think of the Glassy auld ones you could chat up recanting days of yore but no you want to be breakfeast roll man, adjust the trousers now and again and slurp on the Devil's brew at days end.
Ahh - God be with the days! as an Aer Lingus carpainter in NY:)
 

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Mysteriously a used wheelbarrow with spare wheel was left in our garden outside our back garden gate last night. A gift? Dumped?
It's saleable. :)

We already have a good one.

Planted winter flowering pansies along the main road this sunny morning for the local community to enjoy this coming season.

Hardly any rain for a fortnight here, so I, an aquarius, did the job. Gallon by gallon for hundreds of yards!

A wheelbarrow easily fits four full watering cans and at least five gallons loose. We are talking hundreds of metres! Guerilla gardening knocks the laziness outta ya. Who needs a gym? :)
Well, if it's salable, it's usable, so it was a gift.

Though if you don't want it, send it here. My barrow got busted. :)
On second thoughts, keep it as a spare. I made up a twin wheeled barrow with some timber, ply and some old mountain bike wheels. Much easier to move on rough ground. And I can hook it up to my bike as a trailer.
It's better balanced than any ready-made barrow I've used, about 4-5lbs weight at the handles, loaded or empty.

Cost me about €2 for bolts, the rest was scavanged or I had it laying around. A saw, drill, screwdriver, spanner/wrench, some glue and paint. Bingo, a wheelbarrow. :)
 

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Furze. I'm only 32 inch waist..working for 30. :)

myksav, Counter weights sound good.. thanks.
A spare wheelbarrow at my age would be optimism gone mad.
But! May I announce the doubledecker leaf gathering wheelbarrow has arrived.
No dashing off to the Dragons Den now!

Men accustomed to wheeling Blocks, bricks, bags of cement, and wet concrete (often up planks) know their wheelbarrow. We worked them to rust.

Height Extensions for wheelbarrows are long overdue... go make yourselves a business. I'll be watching out in Woodies. :)
 

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Modern wheelbarrows need no pushing.:)
 

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Furze. I'm only 32 inch waist..working for 30. :)

myksav, Counter weights sound good.. thanks.
A spare wheelbarrow at my age would be optimism gone mad.
But! May I announce the doubledecker leaf gathering wheelbarrow has arrived.
No dashing off to the Dragons Den now!

Men accustomed to wheeling Blocks, bricks, bags of cement, and wet concrete (often up planks) know their wheelbarrow. We worked them to rust.

Height Extensions for wheelbarrows are long overdue... go make yourselves a business. I'll be watching out in Woodies. :)
There's no counter-weights involved, I just made it balanced so the weight at the grips is about 4lbs. Counter-weights are just extra weight you have to push, all the time.

If I got a hsuky or two, I could use it as a dog-cart. :D
 

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There's no counter-weights involved, I just made it balanced so the weight at the grips is about 4lbs. Counter-weights are just extra weight you have to push, all the time.

If I got a hsuky or two, I could use it as a dog-cart. :D

I see. But a few pounds would hardly be noticed. Especially by those that pulled or pushed carts at vegetable and fruit markets. That's where I learnt to watch out for missing cobbles or find oneself high in the air between the shafts... and produce rolling all over the road. :)

The Chinese and Irish huskies are the best.
 

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Guerrilla gardening is fantastic. Full respect to anyone who cares enough about their community that they would plant not only their own garden but the pathway or sidewalk outside.

Such efforts utterly transform the appearance of a neighbourhood, well done :). They must have left the wheelbarrow in appreciation of your work.
 

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Mysteriously a used wheelbarrow with spare wheel was left in our garden outside our back garden gate last night. A gift? Dumped?
It's saleable. :)

We already have a good one.

Planted winter flowering pansies along the main road this sunny morning for the local community to enjoy this coming season.

Hardly any rain for a fortnight here, so I, an aquarius, did the job. Gallon by gallon for hundreds of yards!

A wheelbarrow easily fits four full watering cans and at least five gallons loose.
We are talking hundreds of metres! Guerilla gardening knocks the laziness outta ya. Who needs a gym? :)
You won't be watering plants when water charges are introduced
 

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Guerrilla gardening is fantastic. Full respect to anyone who cares enough about their community that they would plant not only their own garden but the pathway or sidewalk outside.

Such efforts utterly transform the appearance of a neighbourhood, well done :). They must have left the wheelbarrow in appreciation of your work.
That's true. Thank you. We will be replacing the summer bedding flowers along the main road adjacent to our home with ground cover plants for the winter.

As for water charges, I have gutters feeding four large water barrels and they only catch a VERY small percentage of the rainwater we receive. I have been thinking of digging another pond. Little private and public reservoirs will be cropping up all over Ireland. :)
 

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I see. But a few pounds would hardly be noticed. Especially by those that pulled or pushed carts at vegetable and fruit markets. That's where I learnt to watch out for missing cobbles or find oneself high in the air between the shafts... and produce rolling all over the road. :)

The Chinese and Irish huskies are the best.
I balanced the build so the handle weight is low, means less effort just lifting and more for pushing. And that weight can be adjusted.

Done the veg market before and I never had the problem of finding myself high in the air between the shafts. :)

I based this one on the trolley for my kayaks. Nicely balanced. Less tiring when walking it two miles to the put-in place.
 

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myksav, Were you ever hauling a couple of tons of BBC produce and crates of Oranges and Bramwell cooking apples on a handcart 6 very early mornings, for 8 pounds sterling, in 1961? :)

Today a neighbour has given me a fortune in garden decking because it was covered in green growth although treated with anti-fungi more than once.

Their back garden is more or less completely in shade.

Now do I build a shed, lay decking where the sun shines, or burn it?

(BBC mentioned was the British Banana Company)
 

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myksav, Were you ever hauling a couple of tons of BBC produce and crates of Oranges and Bramwell cooking apples on a handcart 6 very early mornings, for 8 pounds sterling, in 1961? :)

Today a neighbour has given me a fortune in garden decking because it was covered in green growth although treated with anti-fungi more than once.

Their back garden is more or less completely in shade.

Now do I build a shed, lay decking where the sun shines, or burn it?

(BBC mentioned was the British Banana Company)
Nope, not in '61, I'd have been a bit young for that. :D Though £8 a week wasn't bad as a barrowman.
Did mainly carrots, onions and the like at local markets.

About the decking. Power-hose the green off it and make a shed.
If it was cedar and didn't have anti-fungal stuff on it, twould be interesting. You could build a boat with it.
 

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Nope, not in '61, I'd have been a bit young for that. :D Though £8 a week wasn't bad as a barrowman.
Did mainly carrots, onions and the like at local markets.

About the decking. Power-hose the green off it and make a shed.
If it was cedar and didn't have anti-fungal stuff on it, twould be interesting. You could build a boat with it.

Well the 8 pound was shortlived, moved on rapidly to twice that sum working in a city centre restaurant. Cooking veg. :)

Power hose it is, thanks. I haven't the carpentry skill for a boat, maybe a raft?

But it will probably be a shed. There's more to come so when I see the actual quantity I will know for sure. Meanwhile the short off-cuts are keeping us warm.

The mystery of the wheelbarrow is solved it was left by a very helpful neighbour. A retired engineer. He had found it dumped so he put a new inflatable wheel on it, and hand grips. It would be useful to a small builder. We will see.
 

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Well the 8 pound was shortlived, moved on rapidly to twice that sum working in a city centre restaurant. Cooking veg. :)

Power hose it is, thanks. I haven't the carpentry skill for a boat, maybe a raft?

But it will probably be a shed. There's more to come so when I see the actual quantity I will know for sure. Meanwhile the short off-cuts are keeping us warm.

The mystery of the wheelbarrow is solved it was left by a very helpful neighbour. A retired engineer. He had found it dumped so he put a new inflatable wheel on it, and hand grips. It would be useful to a small builder. We will see.
You could scrub the timber with a brush and soapy water but that's more tiring. :D

Tis things like your retired engineer neighbour and the wheelbarrow that would let us survive the present problems. Waste not, want not, and if you don't want, pass it on.
 


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