Machine Woes

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The DR Brush Mower is not starting. I’ve done a fair amount of mowing already this year, and have had no problem with the mower, so the no start came as a surprise. I went through the checklist, and I think the problem is that I need a new spark plug. (Hope, hope.)

I need to run out and buy a spark plug for the DR Brush Mower, and string for the weed eater. In the meantime, the grass is growing like crazy. I can’t keep up with the lawn, and the field hasn’t even been touched yet. I don’t even have much time to mow, because there is rain almost every day. This isn’t a recipe for a well-tended lawn.

The chickens are funny around the DR Mower. I bring it out from where it is parked in the old goat shed and park it in the chicken yard for oil checking and other before mowing preparation. The chickens think the mower is there to entertain and feed them. I shut the mower off, and within a few minutes I have a collection of chickens gathered, walking around the mower like some gaggle of teenagers inspecting a sports car. Of course, the chickens are looking for some juicy tidbit hanging from the mower for them to eat. When they finish inspecting the mower and find nothing worth eating, they decide I must have brought it out so they can perch on it. So they begin climbing on the mower.

Then I start up the mower. The chickens back off, giving the machine nervous looks, and wondering what on earth the stupid thing is doing making all that noise. They don’t quite get it.

About the Author

At age fifteen, Rundy decided he wanted to write for his living. He is currently working on a novel, although it is not the novel he started at fifteen. When not working on the novel, he might be riding his bike, feeding his chickens, helping his neighbors, messing around with web design and computers in general, or writing on his blog, which discusses other topics in addition to gardening. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: fruits, vegetables, major landscaping, chickens and other poultry

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Brian April 2, 2004, 2:16 pm

Hi Rundy, great story… I know what chickens can be like 🙂
I don’t know if this helps you at all but here’s a Blog all about lawns, there are few links there to some article you might find interesting.

Here you go…

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