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I just thought i'd churn this one out!!!!!


By dungy


Well folks,
It’s the end of what i’d call a perfect day,
ie We’ve both been doing what we enjoy “Just pottering in the garden”
And now the days over we’re all safe and the 4 x dogs are all tucked up for the night safe & sound,

Ive just been watching the TV and “for once” a smashing program about the canal boats and the people who are connected with the canals,

It brought me to thinking about something i thought i’d share with country living people and those who’d like to live the country life style,

In the TV program tonight i caught site of an old milk churn and it brought back thoughts from years ago of how i got the very milk churn i still store our wild bird food in
(It’s sitting on the patio as i write this little lot)

What it was i became friends with a farm worker who had a plot on the same allotment as myself and one weekend i noticed he’d not been down to the plot and so when the next weekend arrived and he didn’t i called around to his place to see if all was well?

“It wasn’t” he’d been kicked by on of the horses,
So while he was getting on his feet a few members and myself kept the weeds at bay and in general looked after his plot.
As a thank you and as his boss was getting rid of the old milk churns “we all got one each”

One friend used his for putting walking sticks and the like in and this took pride of place in his hallway.

Another friend used his for a corner table (he made a round wood top and the churn was the base, it looked very good with the cloth his wife made for it.

Now the farm worker had two smaller churns one on each side of the bed as bedside tables,
They looked really good with the lights on them.

I used the one i’d been given for storing bird food,

Now the actual farmer used one lid of a churn to cover the water stop cock tap in his lawn,

The use of these churns really has no end as they dont rot or rust away & they last for ever.

Have any of you got an old milk churn? And if so what do you use yours for?.

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i havn,t got any i suppose it was one of those things we thought of as just an owd milk churn ,though now you have mentioned them i remember as a young lad when helping on the local farm how i was taught how to roll them when full of milk it is quite a knack to that you know even now i can see plain as day the dairy where the milk was cooled over an old wash board thing and if i remember right it was just cold water running through the centre of this board cooling milk as it ran over the ribbles dungy there was some churns earlier that were made of steel and rusted and i have seen one or two in old pits/ponds where all farm implements were parked along with pig troughs tin baths and all sorts just left over the years to be rusted away we do have just one of the sand stone mushrooms it is a genuine oldie from gaynors dads farm there were about six i think and each of the brothers and sisters had one each after both parents had passed on and the farm was eventualy sold

11 Mar, 2014


Its amazing the ideas and uses ... the in thing at the moment in the garden centres are pots made to look like milk churns and cider barrels ... but they just don`t have the same sort of appeal as the genuine thing.

11 Mar, 2014


Always seem to find them in farmers fields or down on the allotments, lol..

11 Mar, 2014


One near us has the house name painted on it and it lives just outside the gate.

11 Mar, 2014

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