26 June 2011

The Cutting Edge

Nick has been at Brooke Hall for most of his workable life. When he arrived he joined a large outdoor staff and the kitchen garden was the centre of operations. 'Her Ladyship' called him by his surname as did everyone else. Soon he graduated to 'that wretched boy' and now he is known as Nick. But when we take a closer look at his work (and it does bear close inspection) he is known as the 'artist'. He does a lot of mowing and blowing, as well as hedge cutting, and trimming the increasing amount of topiary. He can give yew cones a 'light cut' or he can go in heavy on rampant bamboo. But his true artistry lies with the edge, perfectly curved and breathtakingly straight.

For the curious, he uses a strimmer.

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