Oh the joys of lawn mowing. There must be some, but I just can’t think of one off hand. Possibly standing back at the end to admire a perfectly striped pattern like the one on the left.
But any satisfaction is short-lived because you know that within a few days the stripes will have faded, the lawn will start to look ragged around the edges and you’ll have to go through the whole process again.
Such thoughts were going through my mind yesterday as I dragged the mower out of the shed. The grass was long and thick because the mix of sunshine and rain and I knew it was going to be hard work.
And so it proved with me huffing and puffing my way up and down, occasionally checking the sky in the forlorn hope that rain might stop play.
But if lawn mowing has one consolation, it’s being able to listen to the radio through my earphones while I’m doing it.
Yesterday it was Radio 4 Extra, the station formerly known as Radio 7, and at 3:45 pm the gentle northern humour of The Shuttleworths, featuring “versatile singer/songwriter from Sheffield, South Yorkshire” John Shuttleworth, his wife Mary and neighbour Ken Worthington.
The programme demonstrated the importance of domestic appliances to a successful marriage and the accompanying song is one of the few to name-check Ashton-under-Lyne, my place of birth. Enjoy.