Thus the principle ever since followed—uniform coat and variegated facings—was established. Little or nothing of sentiment led to this. By choice or convenience the majority of the corps out of which the New Model Army was formed had come to be dressed in red, with facings according to the colonel's taste, and it is a curious fact that in Austria sixty years afterwards events took the same course. The colonels there uniformed their men as they saw fit had, by tacit consent, probably to obtain "wholesale " prices, agreed upon a serviceable colour (pearl grey), and when in 1707 Prince Eugene procured the issue of uniform regulations, few line regiments had to be re-clothed. In France, as in England and Austria, the cavalry, as yet rather led by the wealthy classes than officered by the professional, was not uniformed upon an army system until after the infantry. But in 1688 six-sevenths of the French cavalry was uniformed in light grey with red facings; and about half the dragoon regiments had red uniforms and blue facings. The Marquis of Louvois , in creating a standing army, had introduced an infantry uniform as a necessary consequence. The native French regiments had light grey coats, the Swiss red, the German black and the Italian blue, with various facings. The French grey was probably decided upon, like the Austrian grey, as being a good "service" colour, which could be cheaply manufactured. 
This is a fine pair from Felco, the quality Swiss secateurs-maker responsible for the fabled Felco No. 2, a stalwart secateur and tool of choice for many professional gardeners. Felco No. 12 is a pair of roll handle secateurs, meaning that the handle is engineered to roll with your fingers as you cut. This can feel a little odd the first few times you use them, but once you get going, you won’t want to stop snipping. Roll handles means less strain on your hand muscles, which equates to less effort required to prune. And as far as we are concerned, the less effort the better.