I've not had a good night. And it's all because of this.
Yes, it's our big hedge.
I had a go at cutting it last year but things did not end well.
In fact, they ended just as soon as I cut through the power lead of my electric trimmer.
Making matters worse, I thought I managed to blow something in our electrics and had to get a man out. He charged me a tenner for turning the trip switch back to "on."
That was last April and I stubbornly chose not to trim the hedge again, until tonight that is.
Our neighbour came round the other day to ask what plans I had for it this year. I proudly informed her that - on a whim - I'd just invested in a new trimmer and was happy to cut her side too. She went away seeming satisfied.
After tea, I went into her garden to begin my man work.
Ten minutes later, this happened.
Yup, sliced right through the cable of my brand new weapon. Again.
Honestly. You couldn't f***ing make it up.
At least I knew what to do with the trip switch - I was connected to our electric supply via an extension lead - after returning home with my tail between my legs.
I think I'll just go to bed now.