Having wrestled for many years with an electric lawnmower
which required very careful cable management
and needed an unwieldy extension cord
in order to reach the end of the garden,
I was searching around for a cordless replacement.
Petrol mowers are smelly and noisy
and the new lithium battery cordless mowers
had conflicting claims as to their battery life
and the length of time needed for re-charging.
They also cost a lot.
I nearly said an arm and a leg but this would have been
in very poor taste as my husband nearly lost a toe to our old one
and I had many an uneasy moment
as I fished around trying to unclog it when the grass stopped
collecting in the box.
So it was, that I started looking for an old-fashioned
push along mower.
And here it is.
To be sure, the instruction leaflet for assembly
was very poorly, and minutely illustrated
and the adjustments for blade and roller adjustment
are of the fiddly old fashioned spanner, nut and bolt kind,
but once I'd got it set up
it fairly flew round the garden, slicing,rather than mashing the grass
and making a lovely whirring sound, redolent of childhood summers,
listening to my father pushing ours around the garden,
well into his seventies.
It was lighter and therefore easier to push than our old one,
and because I don't have to keep stopping to unsnag
or rearrange the cable, much quicker to give a cut.
It even produced some faint stripes.
Best of all, it cost just under £50.