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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 5:52 pm    Post subject: Why everyone should own a Scythe  Reply with quote    

Have a read of Deanom's excellent article:

http://www.downsizer.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=232

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have used one recently on plot lad and find it damn useful and theraputic too. In a sort of "back to nature kinda way"

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Having extensively used a strimmer this year I'd say any alternative should be looked at.

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Replacing the line with steel wire, whilst obviously breaking health and safety codes galore seemed to do the trick for me with a brushcutter type of strimmer. But the scythe is closer t onature and you see more wildlife using one too.

deanom



Joined: 19 Apr 2006
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Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 7:15 pm    Post subject: Pleased as Punch Reply with quote    

Thanks for publishing the article, it means a lot to me.

Just got back from the Second West Country Scything Festival. had a great time, met some new people, drank cider, didn't sleep much.

Had a chance to spend some time with Peter Vido, who wrote the addendum to The Scythe Book. Learnt a lot.

Just like the last thread on Scything, if anybody wants to ask questions, I would be delighted to answer if I can. If not, I hope that the article persuades some of you to give Scything a try.

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its a good informative honest article written from the heart mate. Well done!

Naomi



Joined: 26 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brilliant article Deano.I am sure it will encourage others to give scything a try.
Glad you enjoyed the scything festival this year .
Naomi

deanom



Joined: 19 Apr 2006
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Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 7:46 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote    

Thank you both for your comments.

Naomi

Hope that your holiday went well. Did you persuade him to let you have a scythe? If so, I can run a small workshop at the end of August (before the BBQ), providing that I've still got some grass to cut.

Gil

The offer's still there if you want to come down for the weekend. I do have one spare scythe for somebody to use, if they don't already have their own.

Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yep, great article; do you have a photo we could add, perhaps one with you in a hooded cloak.

Certainly sounds like it would be worth training myself up when we get somewhere.

Naomi



Joined: 26 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have some photos of Deano and the scythes etc I can post them if he wants me to? Just let me know Deano.
Yes had a great holiday thank you.
No luck with a scythe yet sadly

Going offline now to get my chickens locked up for the night. Catch you later

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 33021
Location: yes
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 06 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i will ignore all this sensible stuff and answer "for posing beside the m1"

Lozzie



Joined: 25 May 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think that is an excellent article - thank you for writing it Deano - I think a scythe would be ideal for managing my allotment or, more to the point, the abandoned (?) lottie on one side of mine, where the grass regularly reaches shoulder-height. Also the grass down the centre of the road-track that leads further into the allotment site itself - with a little effort to keep these in trim, the allotment site looks more "occupied" and generally cared for, which seems to discourage vandas and petty theft to a certain degree.

I absolutely love the idea of guerilla scything, too.

My husband is pestering me to get a strimmer; I must act quickly ...

deanom



Joined: 19 Apr 2006
Posts: 93
Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 6:50 pm    Post subject: Pictures etc. Reply with quote    

Naomi

I wrote the article before you got back, otherwise I would have asked you to post some. Please feel free to put them up, although you might need to get one of the publishing team to set it all up for you.

Lozzie

Try the scythe out. I have yet to come across anybody who has given one of these continental scythes a go, and been addicted. That's not to say that they don't exist, just that I haven't met any. Mind you, as I don't get out very much that's hardly surprising. could cut this grass that you're talking about, and add it too your compost heap, or use it as a mulch? Seems a shame for it all to be going to waste

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's a really informative article Denom. I'm going to get my OH to read it and if he makes interested noises, I know what to buy him for his birthdy!

Do you think it's a good idea to ring up the Scythe Shop and ask them for advice on what's best for him?

Lozzie



Joined: 25 May 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 06 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well Deano I was going to see if anyone needed animal fodder or bedding.

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