I hate throwing things away.
I was using our old spade to dig out some huge, entrenched clumps of day lilies and the handle snapped off.
It was riddled with woodworm!
I thought I might be able to repair it but didn’t have a vice to hold it while I tried to change the shaft and handle.
Then I remembered that Mum knows a man from her gardening club, Alan Drake, who sharpens our tools and I thought he might be able to do it.
Alan’s come up trumps and has done a wonderful job.
It’s so much better than the cheap plastic handle and rotten shaft.
He did point out before he took it away that I should look after my tools better!
To his horror there was dirt on the steel spade.
Well it’s back now and being “no dig” I won’t be using it too much!
But I will look and admire it as a thing of great simplicity, beauty and effectiveness.
And I will clean it and rub linseed oil into it every time I do use it!
It’ll join my lovely antique pitchfork I bought at Strumpshaw Tree Fair two years ago and make a very nice pair.