two men went to mow, went to mow a meadow

In terms of ‘bang for your buck’, the $250 we paid a local Bobcat operator for a few hours work here last month has made a big difference to our lives.

There are large sections of this 5 acre property that demand regular mowing and slashing. Fortunately, Christopher still enjoys nothing better than watching his old-man wield a petrol line trimmer and ride about on a lawn tractor.

So far, so good. I have to mow. I have to look after Christopher. Christopher likes to watch me mow. I get two jobs done at once and he enjoys himself.

The problem has been getting his ever-increasing bulk and the wheelchair that supports it close to the areas where mowing has to be done so he can see what is happening. On a sloping block, this is never easy, and becoming harder.

Here is what has normally happened up until now.

1. I lift him into the passenger seat of our little Subaru Brumby 4WD ute.

2. I lift his wheelchair into the back of the ute and make sure we have requisite supplies – glucometer; jelly beans; food; water; insect repellent.

3. We drive down to the area to be mowed. I park the car, set up the wheelchair on an-almost level spot (and believe me, a little bit off-level is too much), hopefully in the shade and lift him out of the car and into the wheelchair.

4. I walk back up to get the mower; drive down and do the mowing; keeping an eye out for the arranged signal (he lowers his head) if his blood sugar is low.

5. When mowing is complete, I drive the mower back to the shed, walk back down and get him and the wheelchair back in the ute and we drive up to the house where I lift him and the wheelchair one last time.

Now, however…

1. I push him up the ramp into the 2WD KIA and strap him in.

2. I drive down the very steep driveway to the newly leveled turning pad at the end of the dirt track on the block. Turn the KIA around (WHICH I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DO BEFORE), back him out and park him on the beautiful flat surface under deep shade trees and go and get the mower.

He gets a good view. I can quickly get him under cover if it rains and I DON’T LIFT ANYTHING!

The dawn of a new era in our daily lives.

Our new turning/parking platform

enjoying the view

 

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~ by Garry on January 5, 2012.

3 Responses to “two men went to mow, went to mow a meadow”

  1. Hi there, just found your blog … it’s great reading. Found quite a few things in common. This one made me smile. … we have recently put in a turning circle in our garden , ripping up a whole heap of lawn so that we can drop our daughter off right at the front door , rather than struggle carrying her down a tiny corridor , around a bend and then outside over a rough cobbled path to the car … why did we put up with it for so long ?
    Now we have landscape the turning circle and it is beautiful – its the focal centrepiece of the whole garden , visitors now actually use our front door rather than the side one and we can sit out on the verandah and admire it …and there is a whole lot less mowing too !

  2. Hi Vicky, welcome to my blog!
    What you have done sounds great. Isn’t it satisfying when a ‘solution’ to a difficulty raised by a disability can be just a plain good thing for everyone else also? Doesn’t always work out that way, does it, but when it does it is serendipidous.
    Thanks for your great comments on the CPmums group. You and the girls are a bit of a gift to me.
    And now that I have experienced the benefit of getting our modified vehicle down onto our block, we are going to get another driveway cut so that we can access another area also.
    Cheers

  3. Hope Bernie isn’t feeling left out 😦
    Love Leisa

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