You'd need bloody tough hands to harvest a lot of grass by pulling it
manually, otherwise you end up with just bloody hands! - and its still a
killer on the backache side of things.
Yours, in a rural mode
From: John Wood [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 17 February 2005 22:18
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Hay Meadows
Of course long grass can be harvested using those rather useful things
called 'hands'. The sort of things you tend to see at the end of 'arms'. You
grapple the long grass with the 'hands' and pull the stuff out of the ground
whereby it breaks above ground producing a 'handful' of grass.
I could produce a diagramitic illustration of what 'hands' and 'arms' look
like but a simple search on the search engine 'Google' might do the same
John Wood of a very grassy hay making Lowlandshire
----- Original Message -----
From: "McCrone, Peter (RDS NW)" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 3:30 PM
Subject: Re: Hay Meadows
> Cutting hay requires the use of a scythe. Grain can be harvested using a
> sickle but I would not want to cut grass using a sickle. Therefore, the
> first appearence of this tool will indicate the first possible presence
> of hay meadows.
> It is possible to cut hay with a sickle (having tried it while working on
> the Butser Project) but its a damn site slower than using a scythe -
> presumably if pre-scythe man wanted hay it would have only been for the
> valuable livestock (perhaps horses and a few prime stock?) and the rest
> would have had to get by on whatever else was available.
> Yours, remembering the backache
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