New Handtool in the Quiver!
The ride on lawnmower died after a good and dedicated life. Then the dilemma of budgeting for a replacement and oh great – its wet season and the grass is growing like crazy! I didn’t have a solution apart from borrowing the good neighbors machine but I don’t really feel great about using and possibly breaking it. And I like my grass cut long for using as mulch and his machine is designed for cutting real short grass-LAWN…. Bill Mollison has quite a bit to say on that subject. And then my lovely thoughtful wife comes forward with the solution. “We will get you a scythe for your birthday”.
It will take a while to get accustomed to this tool but I am feeling that this is a great move. Already I like to use it and I am enjoying learning the techniques needed to work it. I love hand tools and definitely understand the sustainable points of hand tools so it all suits how I function. I’m already a bit muscle sore but hopefully as I focus on the technique this will lessen.
Walking the talk!
Zaia’s father would maintain his five acre property with a scythe. I probably have about an acre of grass area to maintain so we will see how I go.
A big thank you to Zaia and her mother for this gift/solution.
A little bit stiff and sore, Tom.
©2016 Tom Kendall; permeco.org, incorporating Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast, simplicity, permaculture, self reliance and homesteading, hand tools.