Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Muck, muck, glorious muck - nothing quite like it!

Monday I managed to spend two hours up to my knees in muck! Now I am sure that you do not want to see photos.

It was a very rewarding task wheeling barrow loads of pig and horse manure and spreading it to mulch the rhubarb, gooseberry bushes, raspberries, and baby black currant cuttings, in the knowledge that next year I should have bumper crops - and it didn't smell in the slightest.

When I returned home there was a nice surprise awaiting me - my little Mantis Tiller had arrived. As I spend 80% of my time weeding, I decided to plunder my piggy bank, and buy myself one, - to save some wear and tear on my back and knees and to give me time for other things.

I couldn't wait to open the box and assemble it, which was much easier than I expected. The hardest bit is reading the manual through from front to back first, when you just want to get on out there and play with it. I got my chance to play, using the lawn edger in our back garden. Perhaps I should have practised up the allotment first, but my maiden drive didn't go too badly, and it is certainly light.

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