Our garden has to be cut by hand with a scythe. The ground is too soft for a lawnmower. This takes a long time and in between starting and finishing can look raggedy. However this is a look I prefer, as it seems more natural in the countryside and it provides a more natural situation for wild flowers to grow.
The curved blade is sharpened by the whetstone lying beside it on the grass. The cut grass has to be raked into piles and we use a wheelbarrow to bring these piles down the garden to the compost heap. We had lots of fun when we were younger, raking and piling and wheeling, even though it is very hard work after a while.