- small is cheaper to heat;
- small has less space for distracting clutter;
- small can be cleaned quicker.
Over the next couple of years me and Dau.II split the lawn-mowing because someone had to do it. It was part of the weekly Pension Run where we picked up the old folks, took them into town to draw the pension, buy some groceries, load up on meds and get home in time for lunch. Mowing the lawn was the alternative to watching day-time television and both had their positive aspects. But there was no way I was going to gather up grass clippings to dump them down in the paddock. Then my in-laws moved into town, which meant they could walk to the post-office, Dau.II left home and I didn't feel responsible for the new lawn in the new place. Accordingly, a local bloke was contracted to mow that lawn for €25 a go, "whenever he thought it needed a cut and he could fit the job into his busy schedule".
Well that was a creeping disaster altogether. This lawn-bloke . . .
- didn't come with any regularity
- wouldn't respond to txts or e-mails
- dumped the clippings over the wall into the neighbour's horse paddock
- mowed over some lavender plants that had disappeared under the unmowed grass
- was truculent when called to account
- thought that €25 for 40 minutes work wasn't really enough
- still didn't come with any regularity
Well the following morning the inside of my car was like a tropical rain-forest. I couldn't see through any of the windows with their thick occluding pall of condensation. And there was a most peculiar smell which was probable the early stages of silage fermentation. I had to drive all the way to work with all the windows open hoping thereby to dry out the upholstery. Did someone mention rain-forest?
Notes to self: next time use smaller water-proof sacks . . . . and don't leave it so long between mowings yeh lazy git. And did someone mention the €25/ 40mins? meeeeeeeeee!