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Here's a little story that I came across when I was looking for local pictures a couple of months ago.
This plant pot sits in a garden just a few minutes from our house.
You can see, I think, that it's a cut above your average garden centre job. It's huge, cast iron, with very pleasing lines.
It started life as a cooking pot in the Tyneside Soup Kitchens of the 1930s Depression. The Jarrow Marchers may well have eaten from it.
Not a fantastic photo, and I didn't want to try anything fancy with it. But this is simply posted as a reminder to look out for what's on your own doorstep. You may find surprises...
It's upload-and-run this morning, we're off to the Peak District. Normal service will be resumed in a week or so.
I'm hoping for lots of pictures. But don't expect any sunrises on Curbar Edge. I do not go on holiday in order to get up at dawn!
Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend.
Moira

Camera:Mikon D40
Lens:kit 18-55 mm
Title:Potted History
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:15 Sep 2007 - 7:56 AM
Tags:Cauldron, Cooking, Cooking vessel, Depression, General, Photo journalism, Soup kitchen, Tyneside
Votes:55

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JudeC
JudeC Plus Member 7JudeC vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 7:59 AM

Have a great time in the Peak District - look forward to seeing your photos - JudeC

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Buffalo_Tom
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15 Sep 2007 - 8:02 AM

Yes have a great time and an excellent image from the local Historian.
Tom.

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fentiger
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15 Sep 2007 - 8:05 AM

Unusual plant pot to be sure! Have a great holiday Moira and Bill.

Albert

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Stockczech
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15 Sep 2007 - 8:18 AM

Love the story behind this one Smile

Hope the weather stays good for you,
Sheila

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Badgerfred
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15 Sep 2007 - 8:20 AM

Enjoy your holiday, like the image,
Fred.

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helenlinda
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15 Sep 2007 - 8:24 AM

Interesting pot
Enjoy your holiday
Helen

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15 Sep 2007 - 8:42 AM

Interesting Moira, happy hols

Bernie

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AngelaR
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15 Sep 2007 - 8:59 AM

Wonderful piece of history Moira - have a great time in the Peaks. Look forward to seeing who and what you spot there!

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Nettles
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15 Sep 2007 - 9:17 AM

A great piece of history and nice shot.
Have a super holiday in the Peaks. Find some good crusty characters for us all to see.
Annette

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ChristineL
15 Sep 2007 - 9:32 AM

I'm enjoying a local mooch myself at the moment, it's a refreshing change and you meet people.
A great looking pot Moira, it would go nicely with my black cat and suit my character ( or so I'm told Smile ), nice capture,
Chris.

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glyndwr
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15 Sep 2007 - 9:35 AM

Great story, have a nice holiday.

Robert

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Hop-A-Long
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15 Sep 2007 - 9:39 AM

Have a nice holiday. Great shot and story. Looks like a witches cauldron.
Andy

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AlanBW
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15 Sep 2007 - 9:43 AM

Fascinating tale and image - have a lovely holiday

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imander
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15 Sep 2007 - 9:46 AM

enjoy your break....in my lounge i have a huge umbrella plant which i think is in an unusual pot...my freind made it for me....its a car tyre which has been cut and turned inside out,,,when it is done properly it looks like a giant urn....i shall have to upload a picture of it before people think i live in a scrap yard..lol..it is really effective and you really wouldn't believe it was a tyre........sorry for rambling just thought i'd mention it as it seems to go with your upload..
ian

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Rogerex
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15 Sep 2007 - 10:10 AM

An interesting pot with an interesting history. I agree about looking locally for picture subjects. We are so familiar with our surroundings that we often miss photo opportunites. It is like the quote I have in my pf: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" (Marcel Proust).
Looking forward to seeing your sunrise pics. Dawn is the best time of the day, although I must admit I often miss seeing it.
Roger

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mikbee
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15 Sep 2007 - 11:08 AM

I always think it makes a difference with a bit of history behind the pic.Interesting that the Jarrow marchers may have eaten out of it.Have a nice holiday and I look forward to your pics.
Mick.

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riprap007
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15 Sep 2007 - 11:40 AM

have a great Peak time Smile

Echo Roger with the Proust too

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TyChee
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15 Sep 2007 - 12:19 PM

Great capture and story.
Ty

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15 Sep 2007 - 12:41 PM

nice story and composition

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Joline
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15 Sep 2007 - 12:45 PM

Good find Moira...have a lovely holiday, I'm sure we'll see some fascinating observations.

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SandraKay
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15 Sep 2007 - 12:46 PM

Gosh, they must have made a lot of soup! A bit like a witch's cauldren and perfect for a garden plant pot.
Hope you have a lovely break.
Sandra

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15 Sep 2007 - 1:43 PM

Have a great break

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summ3r
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15 Sep 2007 - 4:46 PM

Amazing how much history is right on your doorstep, great image

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danbrann
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15 Sep 2007 - 6:19 PM

You're never at home woman... enjoy your break and take care. This is an extremely interesting picture because of its content but I'm not sure that the pot and its history wouldn't be better suited in a museum like the Dicovery or something like that.

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15 Sep 2007 - 6:55 PM

How fantastic Moira....I must get out more to see what I can find in my village.
Reminded me a bit of Hubble Bubble Toil & Trouble....the witches cauldren.
Enjoy your break.
Hilary

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oldgreyheron
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15 Sep 2007 - 8:45 PM

Have a great time Moira and Bill - you leave with a provocative message!

Mike

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15 Sep 2007 - 9:32 PM

Happy holidays..wonderful final shot with a great story.
Di

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15 Sep 2007 - 9:45 PM

Have a good time a pot with a story


DougSmile---------------Or HISTORY that sounds more like itSmile

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nolongeramember
15 Sep 2007 - 11:04 PM

have a wonderful break.. and love the write up and fascinating facts....!!!

Nikki !!!

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16 Sep 2007 - 9:47 AM

great shot like it

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Andree_Borrel
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16 Sep 2007 - 3:27 PM

Fascination story and image, excelelnt

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16 Sep 2007 - 3:56 PM

happy holidays

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16 Sep 2007 - 4:44 PM

Excellent photo, nice story, enjoy your break.

Graham

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paulb20
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16 Sep 2007 - 6:38 PM

Yes, it just shows you don't have to go far to capture photos. Hope you have a great time.
Paul

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16 Sep 2007 - 7:00 PM

History !

Rock

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foggytwo
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16 Sep 2007 - 7:44 PM

Have a great time Moira,this is a good image with a good story.
Pete.

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Lucy_Locket
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16 Sep 2007 - 8:19 PM

Missed you going, but have a great time! Looks like a typical witches cooking pot to me..
Lucy Smile

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16 Sep 2007 - 9:53 PM

Have a good holiday
ps great shot
Chris

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18 Sep 2007 - 6:37 AM

still used in South Africa today. Poijke pot they are called

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18 Sep 2007 - 10:12 PM

Soup kitchen, my eye! It's a refugee from Harry Potter!
Dave

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20 Sep 2007 - 9:51 PM

Interesting shot. It has beautiful old textures.

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21 Sep 2007 - 1:14 PM

An interesting article, well taken.
Brian

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21 Sep 2007 - 4:30 PM

A lovely photo - thanks for the story!
Have a great holiday!
x Carol x

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RobinF
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21 Sep 2007 - 7:30 PM

That is a fascinating fact there Moira, your 'write ups' (and Bill's of course!) are always such an enjoyable read. Have a great week away.
kind regards
Robin

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An amazing tale and an unusial image

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25 Sep 2007 - 12:02 AM

Your connection with historical events makes the photo for me. John

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