Greg Becker's personal visual record of the triumphs and trials of an artist, illustrator and vegetable gardener.
LOL!Excellent!And so true. Never EVER buy junk. It's cost in frustration along keeps it from being a bargain.Happy Spring!
thanks Sue, I struggled for years with rubbish shears that could hardly cut a blade of grass. The challenge now is not to get too precious with the new ones, which at the moment I feel like keeping in a glass case next to the family silver (if I had any).
Love the angle you've taken on this, Greg. Argos' PR agents have been on the hunt for blogger promotion (they approached me last week); your interpretation is a funny and original way of introducing the gardening range (haha, the inner Picasso awakes, love it!) Unfortunately, I already have a very good pair of shears so won't be nipping out to Argos - ah well! Lovely illustrations as usual - this time, I'm reminded of the work of Tony Ross and Lindsay Camp in the book 'The Midnight Feast'. Do you know it?
Hello Caro, nice to hear from you. I don't know 'The Midnight Feast' but Tony Ross is of course very famous and I had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago in Leeds when he was my degree show external assessor. I'm not surprised you were approached by PR people as I know your blog is very well liked. I was pleased to be approached, as I'm a practicing illustrator its kind of what I do anyway and it was a good excuse to sharpen up my images.
what a fab, creative way of promoting the new range Greg. I'd love some new shears but my lack of allotment time means if I'd done a review it would probably amount to a few hairy scary pics of baby wielding sharp objects with huge grin on face with a ''wow, awesome, get some'' endorsement from me (ours are a hand me down from G's dad so a good 20 odd years old I should think and about as sharp as a spoon). Nevertheless if the grapevine whispers your way 'more bloggers needed' feel free to tip us the wink ;o)
nice to hear from you Nic and also meeting you the other day. My shears, previous to the argos donated ones were only about a year old but they certainly were cheap rubbish (although not actually very cheap) and bought in a hurry, big mistake. It would be nice if new tools lasted 20 years, like they did in the old days.
This makes me smile :) I particularly like the 'finesse' one with the whiskers. I have to say though that I bought a pair of cheap shears in Hither Green some years ago in a hurry and the way to a job where I had to clip tons of box hedging and they lasted me for years! I only gave them up because the rubber handles came off.
good point! I could go on for a long time telling stories of cheap stuff I'd bought that lasted ages, e.g. a pair of desert boots, cost £4 with a continuous usage duration of approx. 3 years (or was it longer). Sadly no garden tools have yet entered this category.