“As the Leaves Turn” is a soap opera for gardeners brought to you by our sponsors.
When we last left our gardener, at the end of Episode 3, she had just received her long-for package and had rushed inside to open.
In this final episode, our gardener is standing in her kitchen, staring down at the box, imagining what is inside of it. She slowly turns the box from end to end, side to side, examining it closely.
She then takes out a knife out, carefully slices through the tape holding the box closed and gingerly folds back the flaps on top.
She reaches in and pulls out the wadded up paper that is protecting what is inside the box.
There it is.
The most beautifully hand-crafted hand hoe she has ever seen or owned.
From the hand-hewn hickory handle to the tip of the hand-forged hoe head, it is a work of art.
The curly-cue in the shank holds the head at the perfect angle.
And the stamping on the back elevates it above all other hand hoes.
The craftsman who created this, from Fisher Blacksmithing has truly created a work of art.
The gardener exclaims over the beauty of her new hand hoe and takes it out to the garden.
Should art be used in common toil?
Our gardener tries the hoe out and determines that it is going to be her new go-to hand hoe. It works, and works well.
After trying the hoe out in a few more places in the garden, she takes it inside and gently wipes it off.
Art will be used in toil, and it will be used well and often.
Thus concludes season 1 of “As the Leaves Turn”, a soap opera for gardeners. Stay tuned to find out if there will be future seasons with our gardener.