In the past when a new bit of garden machinery was needed I would leave it to Colin to sort out - outdoor stuff like that were HIS new toys! (My new toys were things like a new washing machine or hoover!)
But needs must and with Col's brother busy with Stock Car meetings so not able to get here for a while to use the mighty petrol strimmer I decided to send off for a battery one that I can use on the smaller areas. It was odd that the topic came up with one of the ladies I was sitting with at the WI garden party and she said her daughter got her a mid-range Black and Decker which was about half the weight and price of a Bosch one they had had before, and it seemed pretty good.
So that's what I sent for.
It came and by reading the instruction book - something Col never bothered with beyond a quick glance - I was able to fit the handle, charge the battery, fit the safety guard and work out how to make the thing go.
I swapped from shorts to trousers and from crocs to wellies and I was off.
And it works!
Another new skill learned.
And while getting at some of the grass under one of the shrubs in the garden I spotted 4 more bee orchids and one more pyramid orchid and avoided chopping them down........... hopefully even more next year.
So when Andrew finally gets here to help me out there will just be the big stuff all around the boundary hedges for him to do.
Now I need to get some upper arm strength so I can tackle the front hedge with the hedge cutter.
(I now have a dilemma - BiL says he can come next Saturday afternoon to do everything. BUT I have a ticket for a talk at Felixstowe Book Festival. Do I (a) risk asking him if he can come Sunday instead - he probably has other plans, do I (b) cancel him coming over..... but the hedge and big strimming desperately need doing and if he doesn't come Saturday he's probably busy most weekends in July, or do I (c) just quietly forget about Felixstowe) ??