The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


22 August 2022

The arrival of Noah The Mower!

 We have a new friend in Pear Tree Cottage Garden!  His name is Noah the Mower and although he can't talk back, he's fully trained and now voice controlled!  I've even linked him to my online calendar.  That way, he knows not to mow when we have garden visitors or garden events.  He also knows when it's too frosty for mowing!  He's been in residence for nearly a week and is still mapping the garden.

Whilst it's goodbye to stripes, I'll be able to allocate mowing time to other tasks and duties.  Also, I'll still be mowing around the edges and using the long handled edging shears.  Somehow, I think I'll still be using my usual mowers to pick up fallen leaves.  Noah the Mower has cables to guide him.  Alas, our overhanging trees meant that satellite guidance was not an option. With the present drought, there's never been less grass to mow.

We've experienced the most amazing service both from Craig at Husqvarna in Liverpool and O.H.M.S. in Pershore. Martin from O.H.M.S entrusted us with their demo model for a couple of weeks whilst they resourced the model we required. Things definitely didn't go at all well for them as one was stolen, one was lost in transit and another arrived damaged.  Despite all these hiccups, they ensured that we the customers were cared for. Simply outstanding service. I really could NOT recommend them enough!

Choosing his cover was tricky.  We could have had a sheep, a ladybird or even a zebra.  Trouble was, some of them looked a tad cartoonish hence our unusually tasteful choice of daisies! It's weird having movement in the garden he's still so unfamiliar and occasionally startling!  

The next project is to build him a house!  Yes!  We still love our projects!

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