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A different hedge experience

I cut a hedge a year ago and no one came near me or the ladder, my lads enjoyed working through lockdown as we were left to get on. The odd dog Walker said well done for working and doing a good job cutting the hedge back from the narrow pavement 

Today blimey, everyone was literally shoulder barging to get passed no masks worn and attitude off everyone oh your blocking the path !
We had Cones out, we all wearing hi vis clothing and only on a housing estate so pavement across the road was usable 

Covid is a distant memory for too many now, not me I'm clinically vulnerable from a transplant but working outside don't feel at risk but was close to giving a mouthful to a few pedestrians who failed to understand you can't cut a hedge without standing on the pavement

Client very happy  and great weather but covid definitely made gardening more enjoyable ! 


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  • PRO

    LOL. Footways are for parking cars on, not standing on.

  • some people want to be awkward i think the lockdown has a slight effect on peoples mentality

    • PRO

      People wanted to be awkward before covid no one likes restrictions and will challenge restrictions . 

      Other day i encountered a pedestrian road block on my own lane due to a huge crane having to lift soil over a roof , the guys doing the work were pretty officious and cut me down to size for attempting to squeeze through their cones with the dog despite my attempts to reason with them . 

      Although i was annoyed they were completely right and i was a complete idiot . 

  • I think during lock down everyone was just happy to be alive, now we all just want to live normally again. 

    There's so many self-righteous narsassits about these days.

    I miss the lock down traffic so much.

  • Yes, some people are very rude and there’s no excuse for that. However, expecting anyone to wear a mask, outside in the fresh air, is quite frankly ridiculous.

    If you are indeed vulnerable, then it’s up to you to take the precautions that you feel are right. You should take responsibly for yourself, as should all of us.

    All studies have shown that masks have little to no affect. They are a comfort blanket to many, but that is not a good reason to wear one. All of these current restrictions look to be ending on January 26th and not a moment too soon.

    Omicron is the best thing to happen to Covid. It is like a bad cold. All of the experts agree that this is the end game we are in, thank God.

    Don't take my word for it - look at this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3W84wb5jKo

    So we need to crack on and get back to 2019 life. I would much rather have heavy traffic and normal life, than lockdowns and empty roads. To suggest otherwise takes my breath away.

    • I saw a doctor on TV the other day saying that Omicron infection numbers are not a problem so long as folk are not getting seriously ill, which many are not. Of course the media have got to make a bad story out of everything and so keep going on and on about infection numbers. Trouble is many people have now become very anxious and nervous, I see people near here out dog walking near no other people and still wearing a mask. Lockdown has had a serious effect on people, some for better and some for worse and it will take a good while for normality to return. We have been very fortunate to be in a job where we could continue working and not be holed up every day, a lot of people haven't been so lucky. 

      • PRO

        We are very lucky getting to work outside. I lasted a week in the first lockdown before going back to work most clients not in residence as often not in the country. Very few hospitalisations for the vaccinated now so I'm not worried. Common sense prevails  

    • PRO

      I agree wearing masks outside now is unnecessary but I'm comparing to a year ago, I don't expect people to give 2 metres either but shoulder barging isn't ideal. I welcome 2019 again but the post is merely a comparison and missing the good points. The retired mowing brigade may return soon to take the small mowing jobs back and off my back ! 

  • It sounds like you werent waving the longreach hedgetrimmers around wildly enough, Luke! That would encourage them to give you some room.  Joking aside, I've noticed since the end of the lockdowns, peoples behaviour has gone a little feral. Everybody is angry these days!

  • PRO

    I did the Lantra hand held hedge trimmer course a few weeks ago in December, the tutor said “Putting up a Danger Hedge Cutting sign hardly puts the fear of God into people.”.

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