We have about 20 feet by 11 feet of lawn at the front. For this funny little rectangle of grass it would be ridiculous to buy a "real" lawn-mower so we bought a manual lawn mower also known as a "reel" mower!
Ordered on Monday when we saw how unkempt our place looked compared to the neighbours (even ghettos have standards), the astro-dweeb was looking forward to it arriving so he could play in the yard.
It was surprising when a very small box was delivered – what the site failed to mention was that assembly is required!! Okay – it might be expected that you had to screw the handle in but not that you basically had to build it!
When I offered to help with the construction the astro-dweeb said ""The proper way to put a lawn mower together is with the woman sipping champagne, laughing gaily, while the beast bashes his knuckles and curses."
I didn't need to be told twice and curses don't sound nearly as bad after a couple of drinks!
Once it was constructed the astro-dweeb raced out to play – at least it is quiet!
I found a site Tips for using a reel mower and just loved this paragraph:
"While it does take a bit longer to mow with a manual mower than a power mower, it is a much more pleasant experience. Instead of the roar of a mower, you hear the pleasant mechanical sound of the blades, the chirping of birds and buzzing of insects. Instead of the smell of gas exhaust, you have the smell of fresh air and fresh-cut grass."
And we won't have to wait until after 7am to use it!