May 2013


This week I did a lot of planting and pottering around in the allotment. Everything is growing very fast now, I know from my old allotment how much things change through the year. I thought it would be interesting to have a look around the allotment now in early spring so there is something to compare it all in the Autumn.

Pumpkins.

Looking S.W.

Peas & Beans

Peas and Beans

Video Of Allotment:

 

Also did a bit around the house with Tadeusz (Marta’s Dad)

 

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I was bought a scythe a while back and I’ve been itching to use it. A couple of weeks ago I did some research about how to sharpen, set it, and use it. Last week I managed to put it all to the test.

My research showed that the best time to scythe is before dawn. There are various witty quotes, which I can’t find now, which say by the time the sun is up and the dew has gone you should be resting with you work done.

With this in mind I started my first session just after 4am. It was a beautiful morning, already quite light. My first swipes of the blade didn’t seem to cut much and I was tempted to give up. I carried on and started to get a bit of technique going. I ended the first day at 8:30am, extremely tired and feeling quite sick. I should mention another quote I found on http://www.scytheconnection.com/adp/docs/movement.html  “If you cannot rest yourself while mowing, you are not doing it correctly”. From this I deduce I am definitely not doing it correctly.

 

I had another go a couple of days later on a nicer piece of land, with less mole hills and trees. I found it a little easier going but I’m still not cutting the grass close enough to the ground. There are three things that effect cutting: Blade sharpness, blade position/angle, and technique. I pretty sure I’m a bit out on all of these. Now I’ve had a good go and I have some internet I’m going to do a bit more research and do some more cutting next week.

Lots of stuff went on the last couple of weeks. I don’t have time to organise it into a proper post. Here are some pictures.