21 Mar 2013

MY FIRST ROBOT !

Jenny Matlock
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I never was especially interested in Robots, until the day when I was walking through a Farmer's market and felt followed by something strange. I turned around and saw a little lawn mower following me and while it did that mowed the lawn ! I had never seen such a thing and of course wanted to know a little more about it. I went to the stall and a man explained me, that I could do my shopping, watching a movie or whatever I wanted to do in the house, while outside the robot mowed the lawn. Unfortunately the price was priceless nothing for my narrow wallet and the robot remained a dream. After all I had a living robot at home to mow the lawn in form of Mr. G.

Four years went by and meanwhile, Mr. G. couldn't mow the lawn anymore for health reasons so I did it myself. It was perfectly doable because I felt in great shape. But last year I still felt in great shape but not for lawn mowing anymore, it became too hard especially when the grass grew higher because I had no time. I didn't want to do like Lady Chatterley in the novel of D.H. Lawrence . She was a young married woman (which I am not) and when she saw the new gardener she started a love affair with him. 
Love affairs for me are too complicated and I want to continue my peaceful life. Therefore I decided to stay faithful as I had always been and not to commit a sin only because of our lawn !



Instead of taking a lover I bought a robot lawn mower ! Meanwhile the prices had dropped and they became affordable to people like me. The robot is easy doesn't involve feelings I can switch it on and off and put it aside in the garden shed, which would be impossible with a lover.

The one and only day last week when the sun came out and the grass was dry I put the robot in the middle of the grass and switched it on. It purred like a cat and started to run slowly in all directions. It was quiet cold outside so Mr. G. and I closed the French doors and watched our "gardener" working. I called him Oscar. And while Mr. G. watched a movie and I answered emails on my computer, Oscar worked. From time to time I checked but Oscar wasn't finished yet. When he had decided that the grass was perfect now, he stopped. I took it in, connected it to charge the battery, Mr. G. cleaned it with pleasure and then put it back in his Ikea bag ! Since then suddenly I hear a lot about these robots from people who own one too and because they are also used to mow golf courses ! Not Oscar of course, he is too small !



Oscar at work !

22 comments:

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

Wow never heard of them I need one it could run 24 /7/365 just keeping our 5 acres mowed. You think you have tall grass, ours is meadow grass and wild oats and radishes which grow over our heads if we don't get right on it and keep at it. We have to hire a tractor to mow it. I'm going to have to check it to this robot idea.

Linens and Royals said...

I love Oscar, looks like he is doing a good job. But I want an Oscar who will mow the grass, vacum the house, brush the cats and then bring me a cup of tea. Or glass of wine.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 洁雪 said...

I don't have a robot, but I pay some one to do the lawns, Mr. C said he is allergic to the pollen grains, so he is happy to pay the man.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow this is something really modern for me,the robot is a great helper!
Léia

Mara said...

I have got quite a big grassy area soon, so I might be persuaded to get one. I would also love the vacuum cleaning one! While I am at work, it vacuums the house. That would be so good!

Tracy Cook said...

I need an Oscar NOW. I am so jealous.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Very creative post Gattina and with a delightful sense of humor and flair ~ Glad you have a robot and a husband ~ Enjoy ^_^

Along These Lines ..... said...

Wondered if these really worked. Mowing is for the birds..well, goats.

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photographs, fantastic robot. I am greeting

edenhills said...

I have never heard of these before! How nice.

Naperville Now said...

fantastic idea! Oscar looks like a pair of binoculars. great R post.

A Lady's Life said...

lol
What a nice thing.
I guess they took the idea from the indoor floor vacuum cleaner.
It's good for small yards.


Well, good luck with it. lol

Fun60 said...

I love this robot. What a clever invention.

Stacia said...

What a cool invention! Do they have one that mops??

Anonymous said...

I dont have one to mow my lawn but I have one which vacuums my floors , I was very sceptic but it is an amazing machine when it needs to be refilled? it goes right back to his battery and then continues till it is done. Having had a heart attack it is a great help now would I say it does a superb job? no i have to move a lot of obstacles from its path, but it is adequate.

Annie v.

Sue said...

How cool is that? It's amazing what they can make these days!

=)

Erin said...

That has got to be one of the best inventions ever!!! So cool!! Soon we'll have robots to do everything for us lol. ;-)

VBR said...

oh my goodness! i have never seen that little robot lawn guy before! that is great! you can still enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass, have a groomed lawn and the time to enjoy both.

Granny-Guru said...

This is too funny! A robot instead of a lover. Cute concept. Thanks for the laugh!

Esther Joy said...

How fascinating! My 17 yr old grandson is at a Robotics competition in Milwaukee this weekend. Last year our team took first place in the world competition. Maybe he can build me a lawn mowing robot!

Splendid Little Stars said...

hilarious post!

Does Oscar really do a good job? He seems to be going in various directions.

Jenny said...

I've seen these advertised!

They are so neat!

We have such a small lawn that the poor robot would be bored here, though!

Thanks for a really cute link for the letter "R".

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