yes, a goat. It would probably be more effective than the lawn mower at the moment! I took the mower for a service lmost 4 weeks ago. Because it was blowing out smoke. Not a little smoke. Great big clouds of smoke. So it had its service, along with every other mower in the world. I picked it up yesterday. I had great visions of myself going home and zipping through at least the front lawn, so that it would be all nice and tidy for when Janet came home (she was working late - so not home till after 8).
The first issue to occur was that the starter cord did not retract properly when I started the mower. This was a new problem. Never had any starting issues before. But anyhow, the mower was up and running. yay. halfway along my first sweep of the footpath, and the smoke started coming out as per usual. So I stopped the mower and stomped back inside. (All along I could see the neighbours across the road in their lounge room watching me...that only makes everything worse..grrrrr).So no mowing. I tried to ring the service shop but of course they were closed. So a text to Janet to have a whinge. So after a counselling session on the phone with Janet I slinked out the front to retrieve the mower.
I have this morning taken it back to the service centre. And managed to convince them that they did a crap job. (The guy tried to tell me that it was normal to burn a bit of oil, but after he took it out the back and tried it told me he wasn't happy with it and I had every right to bring it back. thank you.).
So just now I have recieved a text telling me that it is once again ready to pick up. Hopefully this time it is actually going to work properly. We shall see.
It would be nice for our house to no longer look like it has been abandoned. Beware, anyone trying to visit is advised to byo machete.