I'd managed to break the back off one of my set of four metal garden chairs, so, not having a welding kit of my own, I've been obliged to visit the local man 'wot fixes stuff'.
His yard is a treasure chest of old machines, weird bits of rusting metal, and plain old rubbish; think Fred Dibnah's back garden!
Amongst other delights was this magnificent rusting Grandpa Potts style chaudière (furnace/boiler?).
It was standing there out in the open, looking as if it still performs some purpose, but goodness knows what! I just had to take its photo.
I tried to imagine it sand-blasted, polished, and installed up at our old tobacco drying barn. It would have made the most wonderful heating system; and would certainly have been a fantastic 'conversation piece'.
I asked him if he actually used it; unfortunately he did. Pity!