Part of any gardening kit must be a hand trowel and fork. I've been through many, many, many. They either seem to come in two categories: expensive and natural looking (which means I ALWAYS lose them in the undergrowth) or cheap and colourful (which means they ALWAYS bend at the first glance of activity). Finally, I think I've found the answer.....
This arrived this morning:
Isn't it wonderful opening parcels?
Yes, a new set! This time it's a beautiful Burgon and Ball Hand Trwel and Fork set. A Modern Country girl can never have too many gardening tools.
'Gorgeous tools for serious gardeners'. Could there be a more enticing strapline?! I think not.
They look great. Look at how the heads join on to the handle - all one piece of stainless steel, which means there is no joint to weaken.
The handles are pink (the gorgeous bit!) so there will hopefully be no more losing-tools-in-the-garden traumas (although that does mean no "so *that's* where it is" fun in the winter when everything has died back and I uncover all sorts of things!).
Here they are in all their splendour:
I'll let you know how I get on. If you hear a scream, that'll be me mourning another bent trowel.