Today I've been at work (writing, writing, writing) and I've been lucky enough to have been able to cut back a hedge for some friends. When I mean I'm lucky, I truly mean it - I needed some willow cuttings to make a larger hedge here, they needed their 10-15 m long, 4-5 m tall (or so) hedge cut and I needed a bit of exercise to be honest - writing up research, even outdoor planty research, makes you incredibly tied to a chair infront of a computer. I hardly remember being out there in the field day after day! Where did it all go all that lovely field work? Anyway, time to dust off the tools, these came in very very handy! A borrowed bow saw, my trusty wonderful well used loppers and a pair of 99p secateurs from Lidl's, which have been better than any posh ones I've ever bought or used at work - there you are eh? Posh doesn't always mean they don't make your hands hurt after a million snips. Oh yup and a pair of stolen wellies - um, I mean rehomed wellies!
Anyway I've had a nice day looking forward to getting out there and cutting something back in the manner of a deranged lady! I like physical work - the sideways rain and gales, um, not so fond of - but at least I was outside, not staring at a computer monitor! My tools did me that favour! I am very thankful for the daffodils beginning to hark of spring coming.
Hip hip hooray for favours from flowers and friends allowing me to do them a favour too - I'll enjoy the hedge here once I get my cuttings done from their hedge which is now nice a short, um very short hedge (10 cm) which will come back soon from its coppicing!