After the alembic copper still and a new camera lens that I will never be able to afford, all I really wanted for my 40th birthday was a headlamp so I can keep working in the garden past dark — and I got one. The headlamp that is. I’ll be saving up for the lens until I am 50.
See more items that I have cleverly (or not) repurposed for use in the garden, here.
The headlamp I got (a gift from Davin) is on the low end of a series manufactured by Black Diamond, a company that makes outdoor gear for climbers and skiers. However, I’m not a climber or a skier and I don’t expect that this headlamp will ever make it past my garden. My life doesn’t depend on its ability to withstand wear and tear in extreme conditions so a low end model is perfectly fine. While I’m sure there are cheaper headlamps out there, this one is good value for the price. It’s comfortable, efficient, and powerful (35 lumens). It can also be set to different intensities. My only complaint is that it starts on high and is reduced from there. I’ve already blinded Davin a few times as a result. Beyond that it works brilliantly and I expect that I will get the most use of it come next spring. It is always in the springtime that I find myself working until I can’t see my hands in front of my face. Well now I can!
One issue I did not foresee when I dreamed of being able to garden until well after dark were the moths that keep crashing into my lit-up forehead while I work. We don’t have an outdoor light out back and it seems that with the headlamp I have taken on that role.
Cost: $19.95 I also see myself making use of it in a power outage, or perhaps someday should I ever muster the courage to brave the vicious meat harvesting deer flies to try camping again.