After the most amazingly wet and cold spring ever, the sun is shining. Beautiful weather. I spent Thursday in the Bay Area on business, and got home late Friday afternoon. I put the rotary mower on the back of the tractor after 7 PM and got almost two hours of mowing done before the sun touched the western hills. These long days come in handy.
The grass was over knee-high, even though I had mowed it once or twice before it became too wet to mow again. Never seen a spring like it. Normally, my neighbors would be almost done cutting hay by now. They haven’t even started yet. Strange year.
There’s some whining coming out of the gearbox in the mower. Time to lube it up again. On these “bush hog” mowers, the oil seals give out after a few years and you either have to top them off all the time or use the trick on found on the “Yesterday’s Tractors” forums: squirt in a bunch of grease along with the oil, which thickens it and keeps it from running out the bottom of the gearbox. I tried it and this worked for several years.
Last night’s mowing was a triumph. I consider mowing to be a “success” if I only mow one water line and don’t destroy anything else. It’s a triumph if I don’t break anything at all.