A photo gallery of the scythe festival in the West country

My broken 110cm hartstal blade

My broken 110cm Hartstahl blade

Went to Somerset to the Green Fair and Scything Festival, took the Bedford MJ down but ended up getting stuck in the traffic near Heathrow, oh well, never mind. Got down just after 7pm on Friday. Plenty of music and cider and fun was had by all on Saturday night especially with the band that was powered by bicycles . Scythe vs trimmer competition went to the scythe mower Andi and the teams competition was won by the West Country again. The East of England team lost again. Olga and Richard did well but Ded broke his snath and I broke my blade but we still came second 🙂

So, on to the main competition – blimey there were loads of competitors this year! Very nice to see more people taking up the scythe. So we all entered the trials and had to wait an hour or so to see who would get into the finals. To see all the results follow this link 11th West Country scythe mowing results  After that we had a party but then I stayed for the next three days to help clear up the site. A very good weekend- thank you very much to all those who make this a special event.

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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