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Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Where's my lawn gone?
Last Thursday we returned home, after
our ten weeks visit to Spain, to find our neatly mown back-garden
lawn; not quite up to the standard of a tennis court; had turned
into a meadow and the previously tidy shrubberies looking like
miniature jungles. The grass had grown to knee level for
an average height person but for a shorty like me it was up to my
On Friday afternoon, assisted only by
my middle-aged electric hover lawnmower, I began my garden reclamation. I
couldn't delay the start as the rotary washing line had to be brought
into use, without delay, and part of is circle of operation was above
the lawn. After working for a nearly two hours in the heat from the
blazing sun in the cloudless azure sky, and the added fact that the
Wimbledon Men's Semi-final was being shown on the television, I
stopped for the day with only part of the task done.
I've almost found it!
Three more mornings of half-day
working; had to take into account the Wimbledon Finals on Saturday
and Sunday, and the afternoon siesta periods; were needed to return
the lawn, its edging, and neighbouring nine inches wide strips of
the edges of the shrubberies back to some resemblance of acceptability. The cut
grass is looking beige and dry but the emerald green hue will soon
There it is!
During the time of my labours I was
constantly under the observation of the resident family of
Blackbirds. They were vigilantly inquisitive, seemingly happy that
they could probe for worms and grubs on the newly cut area. They
were venturing very close to me, and my hover, quickly moving into
fresh pastures beige.