We have a reel lawnmower that our Amish neighbors had gifted us quite a few years ago. It was patented in 1885 but I'm not sure when it was manufactured. The handle has been in rough shape for a while and it finally broke completely so we began searching for a replacement handle. Many of these old fashioned tools are being sold for scrap, exported to China, melted down, manufactured into something else and sold back to us. Well, we had no luck on the handle so we decided to check out the local flea market. We found 4 reel mowers there and brought the best one home. We spent $25 dollars on a beautiful piece of history that will never need gas and best of all, it's quiet! That is a major criteria for us; a machine's noise can be what helps us make the final decision about whether a thing furthers our goals or not. I can't stand noisy things. One exception to this (unfortunately) is my grain grinder, it is horribly loud. I have a love/hate relationship with it, I love grinding my own grains but I hate the ear shattering racket it makes. The one I really want costs $800 though so I'll just have to make do with what I have. Our other recent purchase was a scythe at a farm auction. It is really beautiful! Mr. G is sharpening it so that we can put it to use. Our two pigs, the Admiral and Sophie, are in a poor pasture so we cut grass for them twice daily. The other four pigs have a better pasture so they cut their own grass.
On another note, Mrs. R's bees left for Wisconsin last evening and arrived safely this morning. I'm glad the move went well and am happy that she can begin her bee keeping in earnest.