Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:26
I'm older than you and female - I use a border spade - slightly smaller blade than a standard spade which makes it easier to dig plants up and move them around in the border. I also use it on the veg plot.
I like a stainless steel spade with an ash shaft (then if the shaft does break it can be replaced) and a 'Y' shaped handle. Just my personal preference but it's what suits me. I've found Draper to be a good make.