I like all three of these, for different functions, and like to see them shiny, indicating that they've been put to work, seeing off weeds in a cloud of dust. The long Dutch hoe is from that well-known purveyor of gardening tools to the gentry, Wickes, but I've no idea where the others came from! My favourite is the short-handled onion hoe, which is as sharp as a sharp thing and really effective at "slash and slice".
Allotment activities today? In a packed schedule I
- weeded and tied in the blackberries
- planted out 12 Parsleys (flat leaved)
- got rained on (but not enough)
- forgot to take the mouse-proof tin for teabags, but it didn't matter because I
- also forgot to take the stove to boil the water anyway. Duh!
Chesterfield Canal Wildlife Hour
In an hour cycling along the towpath this morning I saw:
- 2 swans a-nesting
- 4 herons a-stalking (well, actually the same one 4 times; started to look really grumpy as he kept having to a-stalk a bit further away each time)
- 1 moorhen chick a-having what looked like its first outing in the water. Very small and very low in the water, with much anxious a-fussing from mum, and
- 1 vole, not so much "a-questing through the plashy fen" as a-scuttling hell for leather across the path.
No partridges, no pear trees.