Need a new chainsaw? Here is our choice of ten top machines to consider

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
This is the time of year to trim overhanging branches and cut down trees and it goes without saying that a good chainsaw is vital. Yes, you can use a bow saw for the odd branch but you need to be built like a front row forward to spend hours working like this. Choosing the … Continued

Is that winter on the way? Snow problem

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
At long last it’s turned a bit sharp, frosts in the morning, snow on the hills, more like winter that the balmy days we’ve had lately. And slippery paths can lead to nasty accidents and broken bones and long sessions at the local hospital. Rather than using the salt and grit mixture to clear paths … Continued

It’s getting colder so here are ten top log splitters to help keep the fires blazing

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
As predicted, just as we kid ourselves that we can wear T-shirts through winter, along comes a cold snap and those thick sweaters are heaved from the back of cupboards along with scarves and gloves. And now is the time to turn your attention to the thick branches and tree trunks left to season over … Continued

Chainsaws designed with estates and farms in mind and with a FREE spare chain

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Estate workers and farmers looking for hard working, powerful and reliable chainsaws would be well advised to look at these machines from the leading Italian manufacturer. They are exclusive to MowDirect and this brand is growing in popularity in the UK. As one of our customers remarked “I’ve used a number of Husqvarna saws in … Continued

Happy New Year From Holly and Ivy Should Know Better

Cripes. It’s 2016 already. It doesn’t seem long since we were welcoming the Spirit of Christmas 2015 and now the Holly has wilted (too much bubbly…hic!)  the Panatone has been reduced to stale crumbs and the tree is sad and droopy like an X-Factor contestant who didn’t make that top C. So what of the … Continued

Solid lawn tractors from the States – and they leave a striped finish

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
A hard-working lawn and garden tractor is just about essential if you have a large area of grass to keep in trim. But few offer the striped finish you see on football pitches and the like, as they don’t have a rear roller. As well as leaving a picture-perfect lawn these will also smooth out … Continued

He’s behind you, the man with the bargain mower

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Here’s a way of working off some of the Christmas Day excesses – cut the lawn. Yes, we know it’s December, the month when we should be shovelling snow, but with the abnormally warm weather and plenty of moisture the grass is still growing really quickly. Just trim the tops off, don’t try to cut … Continued

Ten top bargains from our special New Year sale

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Take advantage of our end of year sale and bag yourself a bargain while beating price increases next year. We’ve put together ten top machinery deals which will save you a packet. And with the weather as it is you may even be able to use a mower before waiting for Spring next year. Just … Continued

Three presents in one, a gift to delight any gardener

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
There’s still time to buy a gardening gift and have it delivered in time for Christmas and here’s a suggestion that’s three presents in one. The Mitox 171MT Petrol Multi-Tool has a 25.4cc engine driving a brushcutter, long-reach hedgetrimmer and a grass trimmer. This is a very strong machine which is easy to use as … Continued

It’s sleigh time! Still time to buy that extra special present for the devoted gardener

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
The sleigh is oiled, so is Father Christmas, but there still time to order gifts for the gardener and have them delivered before Christmas. Have a look at these top ten suggestions for that extra special present which would make anyone’s Christmas. And with the rather odd weather there’s something for every season from snow … Continued