It is a simply idyllic pastime in an idyllic spot.
I last mowed my lawn at home 3 weeks ago when Steve was last here so it was ready for a trim, I don’t have a huge lawn so it takes about 10 minutes with the scythe, probably about as long as it used to take to get the mower out and set up ready to go. Scything is not only fun and good healthy exercise, it is carbon neutral and the lawn is so much nicer for allowing it to grow a couple of inches then cutting it cleanly. It was always a stress having to use a mower since if it gets just a bit too long the mower can’t cope.
This lovely video made at last years festival is a piece of fine craftsmanship in it’s own right made by Dan Merry just for fun but you can spot he is a professional.
and in this video you can see Christiane mowing beautifully about 45 seconds in. It is a wonderful rhythm and surprisingly not at all hard work once you begin to relax.
Tomorrow we visit Abbeydale industrial hamlet in Sheffield where they used to hand forge quality scythe blades but there is no one left making them in the UK today.