Posted: 18/09/2014 at 14:29
I found an old belfast sink at the bottom of the garden in a house I owned in Yorkshire years ago. I think they're lovely for planting up - each to their own. When I moved to Scotland, I insisted that the sink was taken into storage, the removal guy looked at me as if to say no chance, but I just said yes chance ! It's subsequently been moved from Yorkshire, to a cottage in Scotland, moved again by me to another house in Scotland, and moved again to my final resting place 10 miles down the road ! I've just replanted it last night as it happens ! taken out lilys that never performed, and planted a couple of smaller plants, and a layer of fine shingle. Much nicer looking. I also work at a hospital, and during renovations, an old belfast sink had been thrown out, it has a high back to it. I asked if I could have it "for my garden to plant up", but when I re-do my kitchen, it's going in there instead I much prefer the traditional look, to the stainless steel one that I have now, which incidently is stained !!!!!
I also found, whilst driving through the Scottish countryside, a large double belfast sink which was just dumped on the corner of a farm yard. I went back a week or two later coz I couldn't stop thinking about it, and though it's a bit bashed and bruised wanted it. The guy let me have it for free, and it took us both a lot of shoving to get it into the back of my car, yes, a double belfast sink that weighed an absolute tonne, in the back of a Volvo, with 2 German Shepherds !!! When I got home I had to manoeuvre it out of the car, sliding it on a couple of old interior doors. A lot of effort, but worth it ! It's planted with a grapevine on one side, and a creeping succulent on the other, and a climber and sweetpeas . This double sink measures around 4ft long, and nearly 2 ft high - so you can imagine the weight in my car !