2016 update: a new arrival – the lovely L, a brother for 4.5 year old E. Life will never be the same again and I find myself feeling wistful but grateful that I’m not trying to grow my own food on top of everything else!
2014 update: where did my baby go, there’s a little boy running round my house!
We parted company with our allotment at the start of the year and enough time has passed now to admit I don’t miss it – we’re having too much fun with E and if I had a spare hour or two to myself I’d use it to sleep!
2013 update: First I got a bump, then I got a baby and now nothing much is happening at the allotment. Occasionally there’s a tale from the kitchen to blog about but nowadays this blog is mostly-about-anything-I-fancy-as-a-first-time-Mum!
I live in a small city called Gloucester with my husband George, our baby Euan and our 3 gorgeous cats Billy, Mikey and Poppet. We love our house and make the best of it’s small concrete yard but hanker after a place in the country with chickens, bees and a fabulous cottage garden. Thankfully I have an allotment to satisfy my thirst for being outside and growing my own food.
Taking on my plot 9 years ago I had no tools, no experience and no idea where to start. All I knew was that I wanted to grow the food I loved to eat (peas, potatoes, carrots, runner beans to name but a few) and food that is expensive to buy in the shops (raspberries, strawberries, posh lettuce). Most importantly, I wanted to grow masses of green tomatoes to make my favourite chutney.
In June 2009 I began blogging. It seemed like a good way to de-clutter my computer of allotment photos, recipes and random ‘inspirational stuff’. As well as providing a visual reply to the ‘how’s the allotment?’ question from friends living too far away to visit. The de-cluttering didn’t work out (now more pictures and inspirations than ever!) but the blogging continues about all the things I love about living and growing in Gloucester.
top to bottom: Poppet, Mikey, Billy