Ah, the sounds of spring!

This post is slightly off the subject of urban farming/chickens but it is sort of nature related so that makes it ok.

Out for a lovely spring walk

Birds are singing, dogs are barking, chickens are clucking and………

bird singing


  What is that unGodly racket?

Someone is using a leaf blower to clean off a lawn!

OK….. now you’ve got me started.  I mean come on people!     A leaf blower?     Seriously?       Now why would anyone pay out money for an item when there is already a perfectly good, and much cheaper tool (called a rake) to do the job?



  And why would same person then pay for fuel to keep that item going when a perfectly good tool (called a rake) is virtually maintenance free and doesn’t require fuel?


Can you show me where a gas guzzling, noisy leaf blower does the job any better than a good old-fashioned rake?

Raking is more work you say?  Hmmmm –  those leaf blower things look pretty heavy.  The guy I saw leaf blowing was not having a very easy a time of  ‘corralling’  his leaves,  and he was a professional landscaper.

But even if it is easier, don’t people also pay money to work out at a gym in their free time?  Well what is wrong with a perfectly good workout raking leaves?  It is somewhat aerobic if you do it briskly, and it really works out your arms and back.  People – it’s not that bad – this granny does it frequently!


Raking leaves saves you money.  What’s not to love?

Even worse – to be safe while leaf blowing you need to wear ear protection!


Well isn’t that just so nice and considerate for the rest of us who have to suffer through that racket EVERY weekend!

Sadly, wearing ear protection and using a noisy, stinky leaf blower takes the pleasure – YES I SAID PLEASURE – out of the job.

I often wonder why some people are so disconnected from nature.


nature sounds

Get outside and listen to some nature sounds!

Two more things not to get me started on:

1.)  Don’t get me started on power lawn mowers – I keep threatening to get an old-fashioned push mower to mow our lawn but my husband, who does the mowing, doesn’t think it is one of my better ideas.mower

 2,)  Don’t get me started on lawns – a total waste of resources and work in my opinion, but that’s a topic for a future post.






4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ruthschickensruthschickens
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 03:55:27

    I’m glad you think so because I know how you love your power tools!



  2. Mrs. Barbara Faust
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 20:08:10

    I love your style of writing because it’s:
    * Instructive without being preachy
    * Contains helpful visuals
    * You even fit in humor that relates to your subject matter.
    ***** By far the best website I’ve ever been to.



  3. slcriger
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 15:35:47

    too cool!~!!!!!!!!



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