The sprinkler

Dorothy and Shirley Hick playing with a sprinkler in their back garden, Northcote, Melbourne, Australia, 1949, by Emily Hick, via Museums Victoria Collections (under CC license).

The photo was archived as part of Melbourne’s Biggest Family Album in 2006.

Dorothy remembers on hot days they would put the sprinkler on and play, as there were no swimming pools. They wore “horrible knitted woollen bathers, they soaked up the water and got heavy and baggy.” The ladder against the tree was to pick apricots “which were so ripe and juicy the juice would run down your chin.”

— Museums Victoria online catalogue

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Life in gardens: backyard sprinkler

Jumping sprinklerGerald Brocklesby of Blackburn (near Melbourne), Australia, jumps over the sprinkler in his family’s backyard, January 17, 1953, via Museum Victoria.

The photo was contributed by Mr Mark Brocklesby as part of the museum’s Melbourne’s Biggest Family Album  project in 2006.

Fair seed-time had my soul. . .
— William Wordsworth, from “The Prelude