Here is a lovely little animation featuring some mini urban scythers. Watch right to the end for a little scythe safety tip.
Back in August we spent an enjoyable day with Andrew from Coast and Country (ITV Wales), talking about scything and hand hay making. The piece will be going out this Friday 14th October at 8pm on ITV Wales. If you live outside of Wales, the programme will be available at Coast and Country, Series 4, Episode-17 The part recorded at the Trust starts at 11 … Continue reading Scything on Coast and Country (ITV Wales)
Prince Charles loves scything according to the Daily Mail. In the article, Debs Goodenough, Prince Charles’ head gardener, says: ‘Some people even do it barefoot – although not the prince, I have to stress! Over the years, Phil has experienced comment and surprise when mowing barefoot out in public. Here at the Trust we both generally choose to mow barefoot when conditions allow. Mowing barefoot … Continue reading The Prince and the Barefoot Mowers
It’s called The Scything Handbook. Author Ian Miller is based on a small homestead in Iowa. The American publishers of the book, New Society say: “Written by a master of the scythe, professionally trained in Austria, and drawing deeply on research into original German texts, The Scything Handbook brings centuries-old scything techniques into the 21st century. Detailed illustrations cover scythe assembly, perfecting the stroke, blade … Continue reading There’s a new scythe book coming…..
This enjoyable piece on the Austrian scythe and hand hay making featured on Countryfile last night, with prominent UK scythers Andi Rickard and Simon Fairlie. Countryfile – Meadows – The scything starts at 30.35. The linking shot from the previous piece looks like it could have been filmed over our meadows! Matt Baker asks Simon if his scything is better than Poldark’s (you just can’t … Continue reading Scything on Countryfile
Whilst mowing this morning both Phil and I were sharpening more frequently than usual to keep our blades mowing well – time for a peen. Here is Phil working on my 75cm Profisense ready for tomorrow morning’s mowing. Permaculture Magazine are featuring an article by us on peening in their latest issue. We want to encourage more people to experience the benefits that peening can … Continue reading Peening to Keep Mowing
The “Cymru” in Scythe Cymru is, of course, the welsh name for Wales. A month ago I was talking about scything with a reporter from Lingo Newydd, a welsh language bi-monthly magazine for welsh learners. I have been learning Welsh for 5 years now and can hold a pretty passable conversation. However, just as some English words such as “peening” and “windrow” are not in … Continue reading Scything in Welsh – Pladuro yn Gymraeg