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I’ve started on the hedge. Will I lose my bingo wings?

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PamelaJ1 Sat 07-Sep-19 17:50:58

Nothing very dramatic but we had hoped to find someone to do it for us. DH has broken his foot so it’s up to me. It’s fairly extensive so I’m taking my time.
I can’t cope with the petrol trimmer so am using the battery one. I only have to do about half an hour at a time before it starts running down.
Does this count as Gym time?

Wheniwasyourage Sat 07-Sep-19 17:53:27

It should do, shouldn't it? I mowed the lawn the other day, but I don't think it did me as much good as I had hoped. Maybe I should do it more regularly, but how does that fit with keeping the grass a bit longer to encourage the insects?

Urmstongran Sat 07-Sep-19 18:42:13

Depends on the size of the hedge ... and the bingo wings!
🤣

Gonegirl Sat 07-Sep-19 18:55:12

Definitely counts. Amazing!

Alima Sat 07-Sep-19 19:03:32

He’s got two feet hasn’t he? No excuse.

midgey Sat 07-Sep-19 20:30:27

Harsh*Alima*! He might cut the hedge crooked, that would send me off the clock!

PamelaJ1 Sat 07-Sep-19 21:29:02

😂 Alima - I’m taking this opportunity to chop a bit off the top so I’m encouraging him to sit with his foot up with a pack of frozen peas on it.

Chewbacca Sat 07-Sep-19 21:38:21

I too am hoping to lose my bingo wings via strenuous gardening. I bought a hybrid rose tree today and looked forward to planting in my new garden. Chose the spot and started to dig. Spade wouldn't go further than 3" before hitting rocks. Searched all over with the spade but totally solid rock all over the bed. So I borrowed a full size pitch fork and sledge hammer and spent the whole afternoon breaking up and bagging builders rubble. I've done about half of what is intended to be a rose bed and have so far filled 2 huge IKEA bags with bricks, roof tiles and rubble that's been there for over 40 years. Quite what I'm going to do with them, or how I will dispose of them, I've not yet figured out, but that will no doubt be another workout! I was quite proud that I can still swing a pitchfork and sledgehammer at my age! smile

Alima Sat 07-Sep-19 21:44:23

See, you will have that kitchen tiled in no time Chewbacca!

Chewbacca Sun 08-Sep-19 09:12:56

Just read my post back and saw that I'd said I'd been wielding a pitch fork! pick axe

wouldn't get very far with a pitchfork

lemongrove Sun 08-Sep-19 10:21:12

Pamela 😃good for you, must admit I wouldn't tackle our hedge, if DH couldn't do it we would call in the heavy brigade
(DS and two SIL’s). Yes, thinking about it, it will tone up bingo wings nicely, so maybe I should offer to do ours.....(Nooooo!)
Chewbacca we had the same problem here, house about 60 years old, only lawns when we arrived here, and we soon began to see why!
Once he started, DH wouldn't give up, and had to order a skip.It wasn’t just one bed, but the whole front and back garden.😱
All done now and looks lovely though.
Glad you are settling into your new house, hard work but will be worth it.

midgey Sun 08-Sep-19 10:59:23

Chewbacca how about offering the bags as hardcore on free cycle or Facebook?

4allweknow Sun 08-Sep-19 11:06:44

Most definitely!

travelsafar Sun 08-Sep-19 12:36:12

Down at the garden centre this morning to purchase some compost. Managed to lift 75L and 50L bags on to the trolley and thought when i get back to the car i will open back door and slide them onto the seat. No, someone parked either side so couldnt get the trolley in position. Tried to lift out of trolley and just couldnt manage so had to resort to ask a nice man to help which he did and he took the trolley back too. This time last year had no problem with doing this job so was sad at the obvious physcial deline. To top it all refilling some pots when i got home and using a sack barrow to move them back to postion once filled and i fell over backward and have badly cut my arm from elbow to wrist and hurt my left hip and thigh as i landed on the concret path,. Ouch!!! Now sporting a bandage and i have stopped doing the garden as i lost heart. sad Hopefully tomorrow i can get back out there.

PamelaJ1 Sun 08-Sep-19 13:10:39

Travel🥴 poor you.

sue01 Sun 08-Sep-19 13:29:49

Certainly does !

I actually go to the gym... and because we're out in the sticks, the journey takes me an hour there and back.

Those 60 minutes in the car count, because I'm not at home hovering by the biscuit tin !!

gillyknits Sun 08-Sep-19 14:07:34

I’ve just been pruning my contorted hazel and have now developed pruners thumb! Very red and bruised! DH helped do the very top branches and promptly fell over backwards. Luckily he landed in a spirea which broke his fall. I was laughing so much that I couldn’t help him up. He looked like an upturned tortoise. He’s gone in now with
injured pride. No more help from him today!
It is definitely a work out doing the hedges. It certainly gets your muscles working!

grandtanteJE65 Sun 08-Sep-19 14:17:40

Please, do take care of yourselves. Travelsafar I hope you will feel better tomorrow.

It's a drag, isn't it, wanting the garden to look tidy, but finding out that we just don't have the strength.

nipsmum Sun 08-Sep-19 15:07:53

Anything that gets me outside doing anything including walking the dog counts as Gym time or at least exercise. Do not be too hard on yourself.

Chewbacca Sun 08-Sep-19 16:10:25

2 full days of wielding a pick axe have resulted in 2 full bags of rubble. After digging in 2 x 80 litres of compost, I've finally planted 1 rose bush! I'm utterly knackered!

HannahLoisLuke Sun 08-Sep-19 16:23:00

I've only been wielding the scecateurs today but tomorrow I must face the three tall shaggy shrubs and fetch out the hedge trimmer.
I have a cordless one but it's such a faff to keep it going, press this, hold that in and it's heavy too so it'll be the electric one.
I just hate the job, and especially hate going up the step ladder to reach the top. It only seems a few weeks since I last did them.
Need a fit, young, willing chap!

millymouge Sun 08-Sep-19 16:28:55

HannahLoisLuke don’t we all grin

jocork Sun 08-Sep-19 18:00:36

DS and DIL did loads of work in my garden cutting back shrubs. We filled a green bin and the boot of my large estate car was filled and went to the dump. Some dry wood was burnt in the wheelbarrow. Since then I've refilled the green bin once (though not as tightly packed as when DIL got in it and stamped it down - didn't fancy trying that technique!) and am half way to filling it again. The rest of the dry wood went to friends for their fire pit and I still have a builder's bag full of cuttings to deal with. Once that is gone the rest of the garden need finishing - probably about as much again! Who needs gym membership?

GreenGran78 Sun 08-Sep-19 21:00:05

When we moved into our present house, many years ago, there was a very decrepit garage, which we demolished. The base consisted of bricks and rubble, covered by a thin layer of soil, and all as solid as concrete.
After removing the solid objects, with a pick axe, the ground was still brick-hard. It took ages to dig the ground over, and it looked lifeless. Taking many trips with the pram up to the local woods I brought back lots of bags of leaf-mould and dug it in.
It took a couple of years of hard work, but the patch ended up as one of the most fertile parts of the garden.

Grandmama Sun 08-Sep-19 21:01:08

Just had almost three hours in my 'green' gym, raked and cut lawn, cut down huge amount of honeysuckle and pyracantha
and chased off cats. Also demolished old metal clothes post. Huge pile of hawthorn to cut up this week pruned from the back hedge. Definitely it counts as gym.