Posted: 18/05/2013 at 08:43
Not a thread about me (!), but about about any tools (or other things in the garden you have) that have sentimental value.
Before we got married in the early 90's, my great-aunt decided that she couldn't look after her cottage and garden anymore, and decided to live in a OAP's home. She was 94. She had a beautiful garden, split to look look lovely and also feed here. I was given a rake that she had used throughout her life there, to use in the garden when I got married.
Nearly twenty years later, I still use that same rake. I have no idea how old the rake is. The head has 'Vaughens' cast on it and wooden handle is smooth wood. It's been used so much that the handle has thinned where it slides through your hands when raking. I often think that my great-aunt used it for at least sixty years, so the rake probably knows more about gardening than me!
Aunty Alice's rake is part of my family history and it feels good to use it. I hope my sons will feel the same.