Friday, May 9, 2014

Thank You, Mrs. Jones


We take the same walk nearly every morning.


We walk out to the beach - Pierpont Elementary school sits on the ocean and today the kindergarten class was doing math on the beach.


Lulu plays on the beach.


We walk through the park


and finish our walk back home along the boulevard so that Lulu can dry off from her daily swim.


Today I remembered to take the camera along because I wanted to show you the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jones.


We walk past their home every day and just before Easter, 


this rusty old wheelbarrow was sitting in their driveway with a sign that read 'FREE'.


Mrs. Jones said there wasn't enough space for the wheelbarrow in their eclectic garden


full of cleverly designed sculptures.


So, the rusty wheelbarrow with the flat tire was taken to our house.


where it sat for a few weeks


until Steve drilled holes in the bottom for drainage and I planted flowers to create a wheelbarrow garden.


Thank you Mrs. Jones.

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56 comments:

September Violets said...

Math on the Beach ... maybe that would've helped me when I was young! You have such beautiful homes in your neighbourhood. It's nice that the rusty old wheelbarrow still has a purpose ;) Wendy x

podso said...

That's quite a shot of Lulu, and lovely to go along on your morning walk. The Jones have an interesting garden but I like the wheelbarrow addition to yours. Looks nice!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I so love how you put this together Carol. The title alone is provocative and you have no idea where it leads....but it led to a bright ending. The community of recycling not just objects, but ideas. We still are in early spring mode, with the little green leaves barely starting to open and with lots of rain this weekend. So going out to plant is still about three weeks away for us, but we'll get there! AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON THE BEACH? What a paradise for those kids!

Lulu is a beach bunny! teeeeeheeee

HAVE FUN MY FRIEND! Anita

Dawn said...

Lucky you to get the treasure. It has been recycled again!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

what a beautiful walk you have!!!!

fun re-purposing, for the old wheelbarrow.

mmmmm, wonder why this item, is called "a barrow"? must look that up. :-)

111 LaLa Lane said...

Math on the beach....what a clever way to stimulate those young minds. Speaking of clever...you certainly are. The wheelbarrow is a work of art.

Kathy said...

That wheelbarrow was a great score. You were in the right place at the right time. Love the photo of Leaping Lulu!!

Kim M said...

Love the wheelbarrow and the pics of your very cool daily outing! I need to start walking everyday. I just wish it would warm up a bit! ;)

Stacey said...

You had me at math on the beach. Heaven!! Your wheelbarrow garden is wonderful. Can't wait to see it in a few weeks when it all fills out.

Helen Philipps said...

Such a wonderful sunny walk....I can see how much Lulu enjoys it too. Love your wheelbarrow garden idea...and all your bright flowers!
Happy weekend!
Helen xox

Debbi Huntington said...

beautiful...I would love to live on or near a beach...and all classes should be held on a beach. lol
Debbi
-YankeeBurrow

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your daily walk! School on the beach...wonderful. The old wheelbarrow is a great score.
hugs,
Linda

Sarah said...

Carol, I'm always so taken with the color and clarity of your beautiful blog. You live in a colorful world too. Thanks for sharing Mrs. Jones' garden and your own lovely garden. ;-)
Happy Mother's Day, my friend.

Junkchiccottage said...

OH Carol to have your school on the beach. How heavenly. To be out in the sun with the sea right there to do math. I think if I had gone to school there I would have been better in math LOL! Love seeing LuLu on the beach playing and that wheel barrow is just awesome. How fun.
Kris

Acorn to Oak said...

How awesome to live where you live and have that as your walk?! Wow! You're one lucky girl! And...those kids!!! How cool is that to have your school right there at the beach and get to do math in the sand?! I wonder if they feel lucky to be able to do that. Wow! :-D Enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Mr. And Mrs. Jones ... Interest peaked as I read where this post was going ;-) Fun tie in with the wheel barrel that you posted about weeks ago. It now sits amongst your garden's beauty you create. Lulu always adorable ... That jumping photo captures her playful essence. Thanks for sharing.
Happy weekend my friend.
Vera

bobbie said...

Love Lulu leaping!!

And bless the Mr. & Mrs. Jones' of this world...

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Carol, What a wonderful place you live in and I just had to show my husband the route you take for your morning walk.... he loved it.
How kind of Mr and Mrs Jones to let you show us their garden. It is a garden filled with so much love.
I loved the photo of Lulu jumping in the air.... she obviously had fun on her morning walk.
Can I ask, you showed us a tree with what I think is red blossom... I have never seen the like before.... can you tell me it's name. I know I won't be able to grow it here in England, but I would love to know it's name.
Have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Jean Tuthill said...

Oh my, my, the wheelbarrow is a beautiful thing! You did good! I would have grabbed it in a heartbeat also. The Jones house is so interesting and your pictures are great! Have a great weekend!

Down by the sea said...

Lovely to come on your beach walk with you and see Lulu enjoying the beach. You have given the wheel barrow a great new home! Sarah x

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

well, isn't that the greatest happening??! so cool. i love all their yard art. that is just too perfect. i love unique folks & all their yard goodies. free is good!! ( :

Susie said...

Carol, One man's trash.... What a nice little wheel barrow garden :):) Wow, Every picture just looked so full of color...I love it . No wonder you like to get outside when you can. Beautiful. Happy Mother's Day to you, xoxo,Susie

Poppy said...

What a beautiful place to walk, be inspired, and even do mathematics! Mr. and Mrs. Jones' wheelbarrow shines with spring blooms and bursts of colour. Very pretty!

Poppy

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

wow those lucky kids. I'm not sure I would have been able to concentrate!
The Jones yard looks wonderful - love those sculptures. That wheelbarrow looks great!

Vicky Hunt said...

What a lovely walk you, Steve, and Lulu take every day! The wheelbarrow looks just beautiful filled with flowers. My favorite part of this post is the kindergarten class on the beach doing math! Oh what a blessing to be able to walk out the door at school and be on the beach! Sweet..:) Have a blessed weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Hugs, Vicky

Debby said...

Love your walks on the beach. LuLu's picture looks like one of your husband's paintings,
Ahhhh school on the beach. What great memories for the children.
I just love where you live but you know that.
The wheelbarrow looks great in your garden. The other garden is wild.....thanks for sharing the Jones. Happy Mothers Day.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the photo of Lulu playing on the beach!!
Last week...my hubby said that he was going to get rid of our old wheelbarrow. And I said...No, you are not!! But you can bring it to the front yard for me to plant flowers in. Now I just need to go out and get the flowers.
hugs,
Cindy

Consider It All Joy said...

You know I grew up on the beaches of SoCal but never was I able to sit on the beach and learn with classmates, what a wonderful teacher/classroom!!
I love your wheel-barrel~~still kick myself for getting ride of mine :) Blessings, Cindy

Connie said...

Hi Carol, I am so happy that you carried your camera along with you on your walk. What a great shot of Lulu! Also, that tree with the bright red flowers, what is that? It is gorgeous. You live in such a lovely area and I never tire of seeing your photos :)
Have a lovely weekend.
Your blogging sis, Connie :)

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful walk you get to take every morning or evening and the dog must just have the best time. What great exercise. Love what you did with your find it looks so pretty filled with flowers.

Cynthia

Renee said...

That looks so fun for the kids to have math class on the beach. Beautiful pictures.

The Jones family has a beautiful garden. Good use of the old wheelbarrow.

Renee said...

That looks so fun for the kids to have math class on the beach. Beautiful pictures.

The Jones family has a beautiful garden. Good use of the old wheelbarrow.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think Mr. and Mrs. Jones knew you would come along and adopt their wheelbarrow. It sure found a good new home.

greenthumb said...

You live in such a pretty part of the world, I love the look of you wheelbarrow garden.

sweetvintageofmine said...

Oh, to be able to walk and see that beauty everyday! Your Lulu is precious and your wheelbarrow will always be FUN to plant! Can't wait to see all those pretty blooms in a few months! blessings~~~Roxie

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Yes, I would thank Mrs. Jones for that wheelbarrow! I also am envious on the views you have on your walk, no water by where I live (except if I drive into chicago). Love Lulu and she looks so happy after her daily dip, pretty rejuvenating! the only place we had math class was inside the school room with the very mean nuns! Have a great Mother's day!

pugsmom said...

Rusty old wheel barrow, how fun. We had one once and the first year we filled it with bright red geraniums. Eventually it became the permanent home for our hens and chickens. Wish I had one now. Great find, glad you grabbed it.

CatieAn said...

oh I am so happy you now own that beautiful rusty wheelbarrow. I have one as well-----it is over 50 years old and the legs finally broke down but it will still be nestled in the yard full of flowers very soon.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It makes a cute planter!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful post! The images are just great. I love Lulu!

Have a beautiful weekend.

Jen Ham said...

What a beautiful walk you have! Fantastic shot of Lulu!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

How great to get that wheel barrow and have flowers in it.
That Lulu looks like a star on the beach catching the ball. Good catch Lulu.
Happy Mothers Day Carol.
Mary

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

The wheelbarrow is such a great find!

Glad I found your pretty blog!

must love junk said...

First of all, I'm always green with envy when I see how close you are to the beach, and what gorgeous views you have! The wheelbarrow is a perfect addition to your beautiful outdoor space! :)
Susan

Dee Lapin said...

Beautiful pictures!!! I could spend all day at the beach.

How lucky to score an old wheelbarrow. We have one here but husband is not parting with it.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Caroool...(Yes, I am whining-haha) It's in the upper 30's and snow/raining right now!

Loved seeing your lovely walk and your charming "new" wheelbarrow planter. Hope your Mother's Day has been lovely :)

Jeanette

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Teacher + kindergarteners + beach = Awesome! If my school had been on the beach I might not have retired! Lovely photos of an incredible neighborhood! Smiles...Susan

Patty Antle said...

What a great way to use the wheel barrow! Everything looks so pretty! Mrs. Jones is probably glad you put it to good use!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

i can't remember if I left a comment on this or not! Now I've got that song stuck in my head "me and mrs. jones, we got a thing goin on....."
This wheelbarrow is just perfect for your garden. Enjoy.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love the charm of a planted wheelbarrow! What fun art your neighbor keeps in the yard. I would say you got a nice score! Beach looks lovely!

Jann Olson said...

Now isn't that the life? Math on the beach as a kindergartener. Wow! What a wonderful morning routine! Easy to see why Lulu is jumping for joy. The wheelbarrow is a awesome treasure and looks lovely planted. I was oohing and awing over that fan back rustic metal chair in your first collage. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

My Garden Diaries said...

I am so far behind friend...please forgive me! Their garden is outstanding! Boy would I like to take a walk through their space! It is just bursting with life! And your wheelbarrow looks amazing friend! What I would do for a piece like that! Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day and a lovely week ahead!!! Nicole xoxo

Sue said...

Now this is a neighborhood worth taking walks in. Thanks for bringing your camera. I never thought to drill a hole in an old wheelbarrow and make it into a planter before.

Melanie said...

I love the photos of the Jones' home ~ another one full of color and whimsy. Is perhaps Mrs. Jones an artist? How wonderful that you got to inherit their wheelbarrow. What a perfect planter.

Msmoozys Open House said...

That is a blessing to be able to do that every day and on this day you happen to get a surprise. :-) Love that story! I would love for you to share this at my Link party, Tuesdays with a Twist, that is on my blog. I hope to see you there. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful life with all of us. :-)

fiona anderson said...

I would love a garden full of sculptures, it looks like such a fun place.
There is a huge metal gorilla in a front garden on the way into town. Unfortunately the owners have no interest in gardening, so he seems somewhat neglected.
Your wheelbarrow is lovely; it would look great next to my planted mop bucket and dustbin !