Reflections of a mower by Shane O’Reily

Wympole & Wratsworth

Shane honing his skills Shane honing his skills

Following on from my initiation into the art of scything, or mowing as the old hands call it, I attended a couple of evening practise sessions on Wimpole’s Victoria Avenue. Working with other more practised hands, who were happy to pass on tips and techniques, is a great way to hone ones skills. It’s always difficult to know whether it’s your method, the blade sharpness or the angle of the blade that is causing you not to progress as well as you should. With The broad avenue is a central lane bordered with lush grass, plantain and clover along the track sides, which changes to taller flowers and grasses as it nears the hedge and tree-lined boundary. With Jim and Simon keeping us in line, we made inroads into the verdant verges of the Avenue. Cutting so much would be tough on those that had to collect…

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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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