soul cheering sunshine and sprouts

January 17, 2012 at 2:10 am 22 comments

You’d think having nothing to do and nowhere to be would be bliss but waiting for a baby to come, when your body is preserving its energy and sends out ‘can’t be bothered’ vibes to anything more strenuous than getting out of bed, is actually quite dull.  And if I mention nights of hardly any sleep … well you can imagine how dull can grow into ‘a bit fed up’.
On Saturday when I begged George to take me to the allotment for some cheering sunshine and fresh air he could hardly say no.  With the promise that I wouldn’t do anything more than look as soon as we arrived at the plot my spirits lifted.Our kale was looking finer than ever thanks to the winter chill wiping out all trace of white fly.  Our single sprout stalk was looking majestic with lovely cherry sized pickings.  And the smaller stalks of sprouting were easily pinched off in favour of the larger, slightly woodier ones.  A delightfully unexpected harvest which we enjoyed lightly steamed this evening.My first visit to the allotment in 2012, and my last for now.
The timer is ticking but the bun is still in the oven. Not for much longer I hope …..

Entry filed under: allotment tales, home life.

making an easy peasy bread and butter pudding look what we made!

22 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alison  |  January 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Those greens will be good for the ‘bun’ – bless you, I bet you are totally fed up, but baby clearly wants to stay in the warm x

  • 2. greg becker  |  January 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Nice post!. It is amazing how allotments can have a transforming effect on your mental state, especially if they are in a quiet secluded spot. Looks like you are very close to another transforming effect, you must be exhausted!

  • 3. Lynne  |  January 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Lovely veggies, lucky you, but hope the main event isn’t long now. Both my girls were as late as they were allowed to be, and Emma was born in the famous hot drought of 1976, so it was awful. I know just how you feel, but your bump is a lovely neat shape. ;o)

  • 4. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do  |  January 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Baby will arrive soon, but I know how hard it is at this point. My first was a week overdue and I could not stand it! Wishing you much happiness at the soon-to-debut sweet bundle:)

  • 5. Joanna  |  January 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Stripes ! You and your broccoli looks magnificent. Must be any day now surely xx Joanna

  • 6. Catherine  |  January 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Fingers crossed that you’ll be meeting your new baby very very soon! A good dose of greens will surely do the trick? 😉

  • 7. BilboWaggins  |  January 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    You’ve gone past ‘bump’ and are venturing into protuberance!

    Actually, it’s a good thing that BabyBird is biding his/her time. I always feel sorry for folk who have their birthday right close to Christmas – this way your little ‘un is putting a goodly amount of time between festive season and further celebrations. There, what a considerate child and not even born yet?

  • 8. Nina  |  January 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Eeeekkk – I’m sure it’s not long now. You’re tummy looks like it’s dropped and that’s a good sign and as for not much sleep, I always felt like my body was preparing me for the worst.

    Enjoy these last days whilst you can – it can be such a roller coaster when you have a new born babe in your arms – wonderful and magical and ‘oh so’ fantastic, but definitely a roller coaster of emotion and change.

    take care and best wishes,

    Nina x

  • 9. hillwards  |  January 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Great harvest, and what a magnificent bump! Hooray for some sunshine hours at the plot.

  • 10. margaret willcox  |  January 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Would you like a pair of felt shoes for your baby? would love to make some. Maybe we should know what colour would be best!
    We live in Shropshire but I work (and live locally in week time) in Gloucestershire.

  • 11. Everlovin' Dad  |  January 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Nic and George, Lovely day today

  • 12. Mel  |  January 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Wow, I am very envious of your PSB. I didn’t get round to doing any last year, and now I am missing out.

    I hope that you don’t have too much longer now!

  • 13. George - husband to the blog author  |  January 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Everlovin’ Dad drops a clue by posting at 5.12am yesterday…..

    Nic gave birth to Euan our son at 3.20am yesterday morning. It was tough work with a long complicated labour and a radical but very necessary deviation from the home birth plan we had chosen.

    I’m sure Nic will fill everyone in on the details in her own style and way, but expect a little bit of a delay with posts for a while as we settle into working out how to help grow our little man the best we can!

    • 14. greg becker  |  January 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Wonderful! very best wishes to mother, father and child from plot 52.

    • 15. BilboWaggins  |  January 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks for the email notification. Hope Nic and the gorgeous Euan are OK (and you too of course!) Look forward to more news when you have a moment spare.

      Aunty Bilbo, xx

  • 16. ediblethings  |  January 19, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations to you both!

    The way with kids is that plans must often be deviated from. Hope that you are all doing well, and the adjustments are not too hard.

    I am positive Euan will thrive and grow to be as productive and amazing as your allotment under your care!

    Much love to you all x

  • 17. Anna  |  January 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Everlovin-grandad 🙂 stayed up with joy in his heart 🙂 nice to see!!
    What a big baby for such a small girl! 10llb 2 oz; Nic had so much experience tending her veggies to full health we should have expected no less really 🙂 Hope the plot yields some lovely fresh veg for the needy mummy now and that there will be lovely people around who can pick it for you- perhaps cook it too 😉
    With many thoughts and prayers too for renewed strength and graceful patience thats so needed in these early days. Simply cant wait to see the fruits 🙂 xxxx love to all three of you

  • 18. Miss M  |  January 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Congrats both of you ! Wonderful news. Welcome Euan ! Well done, Nic ! Xxo

  • 19. Mal  |  January 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Congratulations!. The whole family must be so proud.

    For some reason your post reminds me of 3 brothers at my former school. The first got the nickname ‘Cabbage’, the second ‘Sprout’ and the third ‘Pea’. (Shocking – as peas are not even a brassica)

  • 20. Johanna GGG  |  January 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    how lovely that you could see new life at the allotment while waiting for your own – and now that I have seen George’s note about wee Euan, I send congratulations! So glad he has finally arrived and all are doing well. Good luck with big changes in your life – hope there is lots of laughter and smiles and enough rest to keep you going

  • 21. Misk Cooks  |  January 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations and best wishes to your entire family!

  • 22. Sue  |  February 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Congratulations! Looking forward to a picture of your ‘sprout’ rather than the edible variety!


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