Like most Australians the ubiquitous Weber bar-b-que was part of my life for many years. And yes, it even produced our Christmas turkey on a couple of occasions.
But somehow we lost our passion for bar-b-ques and the old Weber was retired from service. We tried to sell it at a garage sale, but nobody showed any interest (even when offered for free or thrown in with a $10 purchase.). It sat around for another year or so. Then one day I had an idea (well I may have stolen it from another gardener) and asked my partner Rob to deconstruct it.
The bowl became a herb garden. Still that food association. Roast pork with rosemary and oven baked potatoes perhaps?
The cover was transformed into a garden planter, filled with pansies, and ajuga.
Vertical garden anyone? The bowerbird likes it.
But what to do with the wheels and base? Hmm my associate Editor Des’s birthday was approaching. Oh yes, a trailer for his bike might be the go. The result was quite something in my opinion. Rob even included match fueled turbo burners for extra oomph.
As a birthday present it was pronounced a huge success, especially as Des was venturing into the market gardening business.
Admittedly there were a few problems when Des tried to take the trailer ‘off-road’. I think his girlfriend Milly feared for her life sometimes.
The pair ventured down to Sydney on vacation at one point. Good grief, is that a cigarette in the wretched fellow’s paw?
Give up the smokes, or the Weber trailer will be confiscated, we told him. And do you know what? The threat worked. He still takes it to the local supermarket. See below….this looks like an Easter shop to me.