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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  7 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 e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
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
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
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
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
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
15 Sep 2007 - 8:20 AM

Enjoy your holiday, like the image,
Fred.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 8:24 AM

Interesting pot
Enjoy your holiday
Helen

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 8:42 AM

Interesting Moira, happy hols

Bernie

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AngelaR
AngelaR  9155 forum posts United Kingdom
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
Nettles  7 England
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
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 9:35 AM

Great story, have a nice holiday.

Robert

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Hop-A-Long
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
AlanBW  8 England
15 Sep 2007 - 9:43 AM

Fascinating tale and image - have a lovely holiday

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
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
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
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
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
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
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 11:40 AM

have a great Peak time Smile

Echo Roger with the Proust too

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 12:19 PM

Great capture and story.
Ty

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
15 Sep 2007 - 12:41 PM

nice story and composition

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
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
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
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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Mounters
Mounters  784 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 1:43 PM

Have a great break

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summ3r
summ3r  726 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 4:46 PM

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

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
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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DolphinLady
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 e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 8:45 PM

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

Mike

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dianah
dianah  724474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2007 - 9:32 PM

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

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wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
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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fatmod
fatmod  8 England
16 Sep 2007 - 9:47 AM

great shot like it

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Andree_Borrel
16 Sep 2007 - 3:27 PM

Fascination story and image, excelelnt

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2007 - 3:56 PM

happy holidays

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GrahamBaines
16 Sep 2007 - 4:44 PM

Excellent photo, nice story, enjoy your break.

Graham

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paulb20
paulb20 e2 Member 7paulb20 vcard United Kingdom
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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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2007 - 7:00 PM

History !

Rock

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foggytwo
foggytwo  1136 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
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
Lucy_Locket e2 Member 733 forum postsLucy_Locket vcard England
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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csr
csr  7 England
16 Sep 2007 - 9:53 PM

Have a good holiday
ps great shot
Chris

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MDaniel  7 Ghana3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2007 - 6:37 AM

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

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davewaine  7115 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2007 - 10:12 PM

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

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BonaFideNut
20 Sep 2007 - 9:51 PM

Interesting shot. It has beautiful old textures.

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Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2007 - 1:14 PM

An interesting article, well taken.
Brian

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gingerdelight
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  783 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
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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angryrebel
22 Sep 2007 - 12:04 PM

An amazing tale and an unusial image

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John_Humphreys
25 Sep 2007 - 12:02 AM

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

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