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- George Washington

Monday, 28 September 2009

Feuilles Mortes

Love the smell.

Today, after dutifully cutting the lawn for probably the ninth-last time this year, I raked up all the fallen leaves and had a bonfire. One firelighter, one match, all gone. I'll probably have to do it again in a couple of weeks after the rest of the leaves fall, but it was a very pleasant activity. It makes a lovely thick yellow smoke which lingers about in the still air and reminds you of all your autumns past: a kind of nasal reminder to put the thermal linings back in the textile suit, break out the waterproof gloves, spray the bike with WD-40 and prepare to get wet.

And then I came into the house and saw this on the consistently funny Daily Mash.

NEIGHBOURS who borrow each other's gardening equipment will have to be registered with the National Lawnmower Sharing Agency, it emerged last night. The government is to introduce tough new regulations after a police officer from Milton Keynes loaned her colleague a Flymo Vision Compact 380 without telling anyone.



  1. I presume also that if you were to have a collison with a push mower (most properly propelled by a lycra clad health fanatic), then you would be automatically liable?

  2. Depends on what you are mowing with. If you're on a John Deere garden tractor with twin decks and a mulching attachment, then you are to blame for every collision in the neighbourhood. If you're pushing one of those old cylinder things with a wheel at each end, then you are innocent and pure, and everyone has to pay you half their wages.

    Crazy, innit?

  3. Barking! Reminds me of the prophetic Monty Python sketch about being arrested for walking on the cracks in the pavement (or something like that....)

  4. A lot of the current Govt's ideas remind me of Monty Python. Bizarre, illogical, at odds with reality. The difference is that MPFC was funny. This lot are a tragedy.


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