One of the advantages of the scythe is that it is an all-weather tool and on my final scythe courses in Cumbria of 2013 we proved this right.
On Saturday a hardy group put on their waterproofs and faced the Cumbrian rain including Ken and Joyce who were on a round the world trip from their home in Australia. Ken told me they’d booked their tickets and then booked the Learn to Mow course as the second item and were enjoying the cooler weather in the UK! We did get a bit damp but it was mostly just heavy showers and didn’t get in the way of some great mowing in the post-haymaking grass.
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Then on Sunday, contrary to the forecast, the sun came out for a new group of scythe beginners. They carried on the mowing and the two groups got around three-quarters of the orchard cut. They could see how close they were to completing the job and I had to drag them away from it so we could go and do some peening. When was the last time you had to drag someone away from cutting grass with a strimmer?
Two very different days but two lovely groups of folk and the same satisfied smiles at the end of the day. I even had the pleasure of doing a bit of my own mowing on Monday to finish off the job.
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