He-Who-Was-a-Farm-Boy helped cook syrup in the old kettle that is still here despite the ravages of time on brittle cast iron. I tried using it for a water feature. It made a mosquito haven. We have little use for a fire pit. If it's that cold, we stay indoors.
This photo was borrowed off ebay.
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I hope it sold to someone who enjoys it. Sometimes I have to see things through the eyes of others. I never thought of tipping up a kettle for display rather than having it sit flat on the ground.
When the water feature failed I tired of rocking the kettle back and forth to slosh the water out, so we turned it over. Turning over an iron kettle is not a task done easily done by hand.
It was inevitable that using heavy machinery was going to break something,
and those crinum lilies on the left were going to get run over.
Another piece chipped off the kettle, 2 pieces, actually.
He offered to maneuver it into place. I preferred to gently rock it around.
... and I did. Rainwater will drain out naturally, now.
It's a sentimental piece.
Hundreds of gallons of syrup were cooked in this old kettle, cane juice was extracted in a grinder pulled by a mule who walked 'round and 'round. Cooking syrup to just right is an art hardly practiced any more.
My site has a huge stone that the kettle leans against, vetiver grass, shell ginger, trainling lantana, kniphofia and some other interesting seasonal plants. I want to add calla lilies. Now to find some suitable smaller stones and make sure there is still room for the mower to pass between the kettle and the crinum lilies that got run over by the tractor. I think they're not harmed.