Monday, February 23

Vacancy

Imminent retirement, due to poor general condition, of the present post holder means we have a vacancy for a new plot wheelbarrow.
The successful applicant will be based on our allotment plot.

Essential qualities:
  • Must be able to withstand being out in all weathers.
  • Must be of a robust nature and able to work on uneven terrain.
  • Must be lightweight but sturdy.
  • Must be agile and manoeuvrable and able to work in tight spaces.
  • Must be able to withstand long periods of inactivity but still be able to perform reliably at a moment's notice.
Desirable qualities:
  • It would be helpful if the successful applicant was unattractive to those who would try to poach their services and remove them to a new position.
No experience is required as training will be given and so this position would suit a newbie.

Recommendations for this post would be most welcome.


36 comments:

  1. Very good. We inherited an old wheelbarrow when we took on our old plot but we've just bought a new one as it's totally beyond repair now.

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    1. Since taking the photos ours has now sprung a leak too, Jo

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  2. Today as I was driving past our local hardware store (think "Open All Hours" here), I saw they had a bright pink wheelbarrow for sale. Maybe you should get one like that? At least nobody would nick it!

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    1. PINK! Are you trying to ruin my site cred, Mark? It caused enough of a stir when I wore pink flowered wellies which were bought for me as a leaving gift,

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  3. There is a wheelbarrow graveyard hidden behind a shed here. Every summer I plan to carry the mortal remains to the dump but have not yet done so. Two of them are still quite good but the tires are beyong repair. Yet, buying only a new tire costs just about the same as buying a whole wheelbarrow!

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    1. Outs have solid tyres Alain so at least the wheel is intact,

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  4. Will you trusty servant be fully retired, or will you plant him up and beautify him to grace a corner for a few more years before his bottom drops out? I love my Wilbur and hate the day of retirement and replacement.
    ~~~Deb
    p.s. I considered a purple one in the past.

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    1. That's an idea Deb, I could grow mint in it!

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  5. Ha - this made me chuckle 😄 hope you find a suitable applicant. I am sure there will be plenty of barrows just queuing up for inspection. Good luck and happy barrowing.

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    1. This is only our second barrow, Elaine, I wonder how long a new one will last?

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  6. Lol. I bet that old barrow can tell some stories.

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    1. It could, L and I wish it could let us in one some after hours secrets,

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  7. Those handles! Mine go in the main body of the barrow. I am just as bad as you. I think there should be a law about cruelty to barrows. The thing I hate is punctures, being completely incompetent with this sort of thing. It's less of a problem now that there is no hawthorn!
    My barrows last about tree eras before I get another at B&Q for about 35quid. (whoops a will leave the typo in - it's so inappropriate)

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    1. Punctures are something we haven't had to worry about Roger as ours have always had hard tyres, We expect at least 10 good eras from ours and then some.

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  8. It won't be the same... they don't make them like that any more :(

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  9. We have a whole row of dodgy wheelbarrows at our site, most of the tyres are flat and they're such hard work to push when fully loaded. And quite a few of them were painted bright red so that they could go in the town carnival as the Red Barrows. Is it just the handles that are gone on yours? I'm wondering if they could be taped over somehow.

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    1. I've kept meaning to push wooden rods into the handles and tape them, CJ but the bottom is starting t to develop holes. I think you should choreograph a Red Barrows display for Comic Relief,

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  10. Loved this!!! I do hope you get a suitable candidate, AND I do hope this one is put out to grass and planted up!!!xxx

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  11. Good luck with finding the right gardening partner. I'm happy mine is still going relatively strong. I is missing a bolt, and one that I replaced one with is too long, but hey it works. Luckily I live at the end of a dead end street so no one comes down to carry him off.

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    1. Fir a while we padlocked it to a post Daphne - now we hide it in the trees; it camouflages well. It's so far evaded being kidnapped for scrap metal,

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  12. Hahhaha...Hope you find the candidate soon!

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  13. Ha ha, Sue! I think this "Must be lightweight" is principal.

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  14. yes, those handles don't look too safe, but what character it has!

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    1. They have stabbed me a few times, Kelli

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  15. Tell me Sue, are you buying him a gold watch for his retirement. I home the new incumbent is just as faithful as this one appears to have been.

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    1. I didn't get one, Angie so it won't be.

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  16. This put a huge smile on my face Sue...so happy to be reading your posts again. x

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  17. The only barrows that will last are proper builders' barrows; they are not heavy, are well balanced and can cope with all manner of use - and abuse. Plastic, especially 'interesting coloured plastic' won't last one season.

    I got 9 years from the last one and left it behind when we moved. The current one is 7 years old and on it's third repainting (I mix all the old cans of Hammerite and chuck whatever colours results all over it!). It lives outside, gets rained on all year and still hasn't let me down - bless it.

    You watch - this weekend it will collapse. And I won't blame the poor little thing. LP uses it and plays 'games' to see how much he can load "to save more trips than necessary". He probably gives our wheelbarrow as much abuse in one summer as I give in five years :-{

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    1. Both of ours lasted about ten years, Jayne which isn't bad when they have sat out in all weathers, The main problem will be keeping a new one - we may have to go back to padlocking it,

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  18. This reminds me of a joke I just heard. At the end of every work week a gold miner left the mine with a wheelbarrow filled with dirt. The mine officials would sift through the dirt and run everything through a metal detector. They never found anything. After many years of working there the man retired. At his retirement party in the bar after work, his co-workers asked him how much gold he had taken from the mine in all those years and how did he hide it. The answer.... I was stealing wheelbarrows:)

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    1. :D I wonder whether he has any left?

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