Mr O’Reilly’s little tale of one man went to mow a meadow.

Wympole & Wratsworth

The would be mower The would be mower

‘What have you been doing this week?’ My hairdresser asked as a way of getting me talking.

I thought for a moment and told her ‘I learnt to scythe.’

‘As you do’ she said, the stock answer to an unusual statement these days.

But it was with great satisfaction that I said those words. What had started out as mere interest in the art of cutting grass with a large blade had become a source of great pride.

I had, with great trepidation, undertaken the British Scythe Associations introductory course to the art of mowing due mainly to peer pressure. Who in their right mind would want to stand in an open field in the scorching sun and thrash away at long grass with a razor-sharp blade on the end of a pole? As a lifelong idler, I could think of nothing worse.

Can Shane and Jayne mow this? Can Shane and…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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