Not a good day: I went out all keen at 8am, despite my car telling me that it was on 4 degrees, but it was bitterly cold.
There were jobs waiting for me on arrival: plant up the pots by the front door (nice colourful primroses) and find out why the soil keeps disappearing around a small rose in a pot on the back terrace.
Inspected the pot: it was cracked right through, with a big 'ole through which the soil was disappearing.
"That'll be your problem, then!"
Found a slightly bigger pot in the greenhouse, and transferred the rose. Perhaps it might buck it's ideas up a bit, now.
After that, and some light-weight edging with my new edgers - from Fiskar, bought last week when I took out my Old Faithful edgers for the first time this year, and they wouldn't cut a thing! Just bent the grass, how annoying. Actually I'm fibbing, I did try to use them the previous week, and thought they needed tightening. Usually with long-handled edgers that don't work well, I find that it's less a question of sharpening them, and more a question of tightening them.
So handy for perking up the secateurs at short notice.
Anyway, I "zizzed" the shears' blades, but frankly they were so worn that it wasn't clear which is the cutting edge and which is supposed to be the straight edge: hmm, time for a new pair, I thought.
£26 and a quick trip to Focus later, I have my posh new Fiskar edgers, but I have to say I'm not impressed with them so far. OK, they cut well enough - well, I should darn well think so, they are brand new - but they don't have the same solid feel as the old ones.
I'll be honest here, I give a lot of abuse to my tools: well, I'm paid by the hour, so every minute counts, and I don't treat my tools as precious items, I treat them as things that get the job done as quickly as possible. So my edgers often get used for chopping back a slightly overgrown edge, and by the nature of the job, I do occasionally (accidentally) chop stones etc with them. So I don't expect too much from them, really, but the last pair - Old Faithful - have been with me for, oooh, about four or five years.
So, these new edgers feel a bit flimsy, I don't think they are going to be much good at emergency re-shaping of edges...
Anyway, two and half hours of that was enough, I was chilled right through, so I went home and cancelled my afternoon job.
Annoyingly, the sun came out for a while in the afternoon, making me suffer guilt pangs for wasting a nice day indoors, but I was still cold, so I just put the kettle on again....I was hoping to use the free time to meet Frances, who might be a new mentoree (or might just want to ask a few questions!) but she was waiting in for the plumber.