Metallic Shadow

We’ve had typical March weather here in Southern England today: strong winds and heavy showers! I didn’t have work today but had some things to do out and about which resulted in getting a soaking and also feeling as if I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards because of the wind!

This afternoon I wanted to photograph a couple of new plants I bought at the weekend and which are still in pots (hadn’t had a chance to plant them) but the wind was making it difficult. I decided to try and stand them somewhere more sheltered and our lovely weathered wheelbarrow – which was sitting just outside the back door – seemed like a good idea. The wind was still pretty strong even in this sheltered spot but then I spotted the shadow of the plant on the textured metal as the sun caught it briefly ………

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43 thoughts on “Metallic Shadow

  1. I love the weathered wheelbarrow…and what a saying, “dragged through a hedge backwards.” I’ve never seen or heard that before. Very nice. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Scott! The saying is well-used in England πŸ™‚ It conjures up all sorts of sights doesn’t it?! I might have looked even more dishevelled if I hadn’t had my very long hair cut last week!

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        • It’s one of those deeply-embedded sayings – one that I’ve grown up with as a South England dweller. You’ve made me want to delve a little deeper as to the origins of the saying!

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            • My partner has very early recollections of the saying – as I do – but is not sure where it originates. He advised me to look at ‘gutenberg.org’ with the phrase in quotation marks to see if it appears in early works but I drew a blank. I found a Wiki article on PG Wodehouse’s ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ series and a story from 1946 entitled ‘Joy in the Morning’ which mentions it. I also found this Daily Telegraph article which mentions a child’s school report from a teacher mentioning it in 1970. Some sayings are so deeply ingrained in a country’s culture! Fascinating πŸ™‚

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            • Yes, it is fascinating…and kind of funny, too. Thank you for the links. It’s amazing how our expressions predate us and what we still consider current and every-day. πŸ™‚

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    • Excellent! Just what an old-faithfull, well-used wheelbarrow should look! Watch this space Heather: I shall reveal all shortly. (It’s nothing as grand as a miniature palm tree; rather more humble and diminuitive πŸ™‚ ).

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  2. Great photo, I love the rusty colour. πŸ™‚
    I very often look like I’ve been dragged through the hedge backwards, I remember my parents using it too. Since I grew up in Wales it’s a pretty wide spread saying. I’d be interested to know where it came from too. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Sallyann – and thank you for your input on the phrase. So, it was widespread in Wales too! More research is needed into this – the internet hasn’t offered up very much but I shall ask around πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Sandy! I’d never really properly looked at the texture on the wheelbarrow before – it’s usually a case of ‘grab and load’! It looked really interesting lit up by the sun.

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    • Thank you Diana – it does have the look of Morocco doesn’t it?! I think the saying must have been well used in my family. It’s certainly how I sometimes describe myself when my naturally thick and unkempt hair has had to cope with strong winds and rain πŸ™‚

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