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Christmas present quiz

07 January 2011 12:12:26
Christmas present quiz

Christmas present quiz

My Christmas present arrived today, a little late. Can anyone tell be exactly what it is.


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fran m fran m 07 January 2011 12:26:23

It is a garden fork, but not any old garden fork.

Deborah had a motion alarm fitted into it, so that when you stop digging, the alarm warns her that you are slacking again :-))

Or, it's a flat shovel for clearing snow, for the on coming ice age, with the same alarm fitted.


Dick Dick 07 January 2011 12:35:54

Martin, I guess it is a shovel of some sort. It would seem that Deborah wants you to keep at it. 


Hosta Hosta 07 January 2011 13:10:20

Is it a Transplanting Spade ?


MartinB MartinB 07 January 2011 13:20:36

Keep trying friends. It cost a lot of money and flew into Shannon today, but that is not a clue. Will put a picture of it unwrapped tonight to help you. The prize will be ferns of some kind or a glass butterfly to put into concrete, hand crafted by yours truly in Dromin :-)


fran m fran m 07 January 2011 13:36:53

Martin as I keep telling you, details are important.

It did not fly into Shannon, it was flown into Shannon.

It is a garden ornament of a garden tool, most likely Bronze to fit in with the rest of you ornaments in the garden ;-))


MartinB MartinB 07 January 2011 13:44:19

It is a proper tool Fran. It was ordered in November, it is a rare tool and possibly had to made for me, and it is not light. Hosta I have a transplanting one which can dig up anything almost, will put a pic of that up over the weekend if anyone wants to see it. No one has got the answer right yet and once they do I will say so.


Hosta Hosta 07 January 2011 13:49:39

A snow shovel of some sort


Dick Dick 07 January 2011 13:59:26

Martin, you said "it flew into Shannon" so "is it a bird or is it a plane"? as the ad said on TV years ago. However it does not look like either. It seems strange that it is YOUR PRESENT and it made for YOU. It does not make sense unless it was from Deborah.


Rachel Rachel 07 January 2011 14:28:58

Definitely a plant! : )


fran m fran m 07 January 2011 16:08:16

One of those implements, like a fork, but has a second forked attachment for dividing clumps of plants.


Hosta Hosta 07 January 2011 16:20:44

Shovel / Spade type of implement for digging narrow and deep holes or trenches

Are you taking up turf cutting Martin???


Dick Dick 07 January 2011 16:25:10

Martin, whatever you call it, I believe in calling a spade a spade.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 07 January 2011 16:26:39

Ok this is probably wrong but my guess is some sort of hollow tine aerator or a special bulb planter, failing that it probably a coal shovel :-)


kindredspirit kindredspirit 07 January 2011 17:14:06

Well, it's too round shouldered for a spade. Your foot would slide off of it.

 

There's a thingymagig on the handle that you sqeeze with one hand. So I presume that the thingymagig expands something lower down to make a hole? in the soil?


Ivor Ivor 07 January 2011 22:18:01

You have me too, Martin.  Initialy I would have said a Snow Shovel. Big Butter pat. ?


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