I love the quiet of Gabriola, and interrupting that tranquility with a lawnmower seems just…. wrong. Evil, even. So we ordered a scythe over the internet, and found a book about scything, too. We assembled our scythe, and went to work early one morning.
The first surprise is that scything is insanely fun. When I’m done my arms pretty much shake from the exercise — that’s because my technique isn’t very good yet. But when I’m actually scything… oh, it’s some kind of bliss. I can’t get enough of it. Swish sweeep, swish sweep… and the grass is cut. It makes me wish there were more grass to cut. If I didn’t have so much other stuff to do, I’d go looking for a big Gabriola field to scythe, just for fun.
Here’s how it’s done:
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