Every once and awhile your clothes wear-out. So then chaps, we headed out into the country to visit this great store where you can find all kinds of handy things that have to do with farming/gardening. One of the things I was looking for was a new pair of working trousers. Do you know the kind that has "pockets" on the knees where one can insert especially made rubber knee pads? These knee pads have really sort of made me addicted to them. They are so comfortable to work with. The cloth is tough and my last pair has lasted me eight or nine years. Well, you know, when one goes to this sort of store...one looks around too, he is not simply goal focused. We had a small list of things that we needed, so we first got those...then we nosed-around, walking all the aisles off. We came by the tools and what do you think that we came to...a "Dutch hoe"! It is ironic, but a Dutch hoe is not at all common here. I had a look at the example that they had in the shop and saw that it was not expertly made...it was no Sneeboer; however, the price (28 euro's) pulled me over the line. Pulled me over the line a little too easily, my Bride said. If you think about it though, if this tool wears out prematurely, the cost was so low that we could afford to get a new one should we ever see one again. The normal price for Sneeboer tools can be shocking. Here he is then: And then again in Nettie's garden: You can see the difference in Nettie's soil and ours can't you. That soil is very "worn-out". It has a sort of almost sandy nature and really requires some compost ...something to give it structure and nourishment. At any rate, we were there to so some schoffeling and that is what we did. It was great to try this back and forth schoffel a try. I really liked how it cut weeds going as well as on the back stroke. The sort of stirrup on the sides keeps one from cutting off prized plants while weeding. That is a good safety feature. My Bride has a similar but different schoffel which she really likes and I found myself using from time to time; so this inexpensive implement was an opportunity for me to have fun too. This will be great to use and safer as well.