You can turn anything into a competitive endeavour, it seems, even the contemplative, mindful here-and-nowness of scything, which I have long loved.

I miss my scythes (yes, plural).1

(And in case you were wondering whatever happened to Nettle Awareness Week, it has apparently been relaunched as Be Nice to Nettles Week and seems to be more or less moribund.)


  1. And my orchard, but that's another story.  

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