This is the lawnmower. It’s petrol
powered so it takes a while to get started;
just give this cord three or four sharp pulls
and you’re ready to go. It’s a bit loud isn’t it?
How do you turn it off again?
Just lower this lever so it’s half way down,
this one, on the handle bars, then flick that
switch under the petrol can. It’s fiddly but
you’ll find it. How do you know how to do all this?
Because my dad taught me just like I’m teaching you,
now, once you’ve done about half the lawn,
it’s likely you’ll need to empty the grass. But before
you do that you’ve got to lower the power. Then you
lift this bit up and pull it away, take it to
the bin and shake it all in.
It’s like shaking spider eggs from an abdomen. Exactly,
and when you’ve jiggled it in place you can
carry on. Just remember, clumps of grass
on the lawn mean it needs emptying. What about
the blades? What about them?
I don’t want to get razored. You won’t, they’re
protected by a big metal shell, just keep
the mower up right and don’t step close when
you’re walking. I don’t want my shoes to get
ripped either. Right, let’s try it shall we?
You hold the handlebars and I’ll stand behind you,
we’ll push it together to start with. I think I’ll be ok.
All right then, go ahead. Just remember: three sharp pulls,
maximum power, clumps of grass, half the power, turning it off
is the switch underneath.