Monday, September 9, 2013

Tools, stockfeed & the wife to church.....!


I love the story about the Aussie farmer back in 1933 who approached the Ford Motor company with an idea for a vehicle which could carry his tools and stock feed and still be able to take his wife to church on Sundays.. streuth :)) and so the ute was born! The difference between the 'utility' and the American 'pick-up' is that the utility is a one piece body, whereas the pick-up has a separate cab and tray..I'm a fund of useless information today n'est pas!!
On Saturday Aimee and I went up to Kings Park Botanical Gardens to enjoy our first walk through the profusion of colourful wildflower displays in the 50th anniversary of the Spring Festival.. once is never enough to take it all in.  Although spring is a delight, a visit to  Kings Park at any time of the year affords many photographic rewards, views of the city and the Swan River from up top on a stormy day are  fabulous! As a little extra '50th anniversary' attraction this year there were two iconic EH Holden ute's decked out in daises and cornflowers....
The ute above positioned looking out over the river and the other below sitting in front of the Botanical Cafe with a view out to the city and below down along the magnificent lemon scented gum trees that line Fraser Avenue. I have more shots from the festival but no time to sort them out, yesterday was a painting kind of day.. looking good so far :) I hope you've had a more relaxing weekend than I, catch up today..Happy beginning of the week, take care and stay safe.....



39 comments:

  1. those poor utes have certainly seen better days!
    (and to think I thought the difference was simply a matter of terminology)

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  2. What a beautiful garden made out of a ute that can no longer be driven. I love it!

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  3. Cool!

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  4. Very original vessels for the wild flowers.

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  5. The wildflowers container is perfect since it appears pretty wild itself.

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  6. We had vehicles like that, the ford was called Ranchero and the Chevrolet was El Camino. You couldn't haul much weight, the sport utility vehicles pretty much killed them. Good photos and now I know some more information!

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  7. Me thinks I prefer the Ute to his American cousin... at least it comes with a cool story :-) This one, of course, is special... A decorated Ute... The story reminded me of the French "Deux Chevaux" (aka la Deuche, aka the 2CV.) I have never seen one used as a garden container, though... Cool. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  8. Live the poor old EJ. There was some fine Australian workmanship there.

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  9. I love them all, especially that last one! I also love collecting random tidbits of info and this one was one doozy of a great tale:) Thanks for brightening up a Sunday!

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  10. That is one of the most original planters I've ever seen!

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  11. Given the location, I guess the car is meant to be an eye-catching planter but it's also a strong illustration of the law of entropy.

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  12. Very interesting! Here, the rednecks just put them up on concrete blocks in front of their trailers--hence the Jeff Foxworthy joke: "If your home is mobile but your vehicle isn't...you might be a redneck!"

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  13. how pretty..i love recycle projects such as these...and try to do it on small scale at home.. have plants growing out of broken teapots and cups...and if i could hand on a old car or rtuck , i will also do the same as this one!!! love this!!

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  14. MUY ORIGINAL LAS FOTOS
    SALUDOS Y ABRAZOS

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  15. Wonderful use of the 'ute's.' Excellent way to make use of old cars.
    Lovely views from there, I can see the sea!!!

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  16. We've never had utes or 'trucks' and I wish we had flowery ones on our roundabouts!

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  17. Great shots..... lovely and colorful.

    Greetings, Joop

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  18. Possibly useless but nonetheless interesting information, Grace. And thanks to Norma, I now know another redneck joke:)

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  19. This is the second time that I have seen an old car used as a planter. The first was an old car on the street in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  20. Funny to use old cars as a decoration.

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  22. i've never heard of an ute but it makes an amazing flower bed, love it!

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  23. I've never heard of an ute before but, it looks a lot like our El Camino of the 60's and 70's. Love they way they've made these into planters.

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  24. Oh Grace, that´s beautiful, can´t wait to see it for myself! Sooo love Kings Park. And... I knew the difference between ute and pick-up, guess I even leared it in Australia!

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  25. I have not heard of UTE but makes an amazing gardener.
    Hugs and kisses.

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  26. I like these... or not... I'm not sure, but they are surely original!

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  27. Original way to reuse an old car! Arianna

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  28. Ha! LOVE these photos, Grace! Bet you'll be glad when the painting is DONE!

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  29. This is soooo something my neighbor would do, I better not show her.

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