Grass isn’t just greener

It’s longer, and over ankle-deep so even at this time of year, we have to do something positive else we won’t be able to do anything without hiring a rotavator or a professional.

The little strimmer that Hubby purchased shortly after we arrived is not man enough for the job, and now would really be the time we’d be thinking about preparing the ground for our veg patch.
The back garden is quite big and there is no way we need it all to be grass, so now that the line’s up, we can start making plans………….. of a sort.

The garden gets the maximum sun to the right so our patch will be running parallel to the fence (ie in the sunny bit in the above picture).
There is just one small problem and that is we don’t have a lawn mower.
Hubby prefers a petrol variety as it means no trailing flexes or running up of our electricity bill.
At the moment, they are really expensive to buy, over £200 so way beyond our purse, but with Black Friday this week we have decided to push the boat out and try to get a bargain.
However, we have nowhere to put one so are also investing in a garden store to house it. That will be purchased on Wednesday because it is pensioners discount day and we get 10% off. We worked out the cost of building our own and it is actually more cost-effective, as well as convenient, to buy one that we just slot together.
Having looked at the state of our finances, we’ve decided to actually dip into our reserve which we’ve managed to build up over the last month or so and get these bigger items now rather than leave it and probably not get them at all.

We have also had a little shuffle of furniture in the house and brought the piano into the lounge, moved the chairs across to the window, and put the bookcase by the door. We went into the charity shop and discovered the £30 single bed frame we’d seen had been reduced to £20, and it came with two storage boxes on wheels. It needs a little bit of TLC and we’ll invest in a new mattress for it, but it means our spare room will be a guest bedroom, though should a couple visit, we still have the sofa bed.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Grass isn’t just greener

  1. We have a lot of repair shops that sell used/reconditioned mowers cheaply. Maybe something like that ? Or, you could cut it with scissors. (I knew a man who did that ???? )

    • Er, I think I”d be lynched if I suggested scissors! But the mind boggles as to why someone would do such a thing.
      We’ve seen reconditioned ones for a sensible price but when we get up close, it’s not such a good deal. We shall indeed see.

  2. Your yard is big – looks wonderful (and such a huge change from the boat!).

    • Indeed, but at least we didn’t have to worry about mowing the grass in the marina!
      It’s about a third of what we had in the cottage.
      We’re thinking of reducing the lawn to half the size it is, having a small patio area or similar at the back (no access from the house to the garden though) and then our veg patch. The store will take up a neat little corner. We have a winter project!

  3. foguth says:

    We have one of those little snap-together sheds, too. They are very durable – ours weathered hurricane Irene without incident.

  4. scifihammy says:

    There’s always so much to do – and Buy – in a new place. Sales are a great way to get those items. Well done on the bed! 🙂

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