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goodbye baby, hello allotment grower

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It’s been 5 years since I updated my blog header so you’d be forgiven for thinking the baby in the field of sunny yellow rape seed flowers is Luca rather than Euan. Now that E is a boy with an allotment patch it’s time to update the header to reflect his lovely involvement in the plot.

I created this new header last year but hadn’t been able to upload it without it cropping and distorting.  I’d been trying to puzzle out how to do that when it slowly dawned on me that I should be thinking about refreshing the whole design. This new header doesn’t really reflect where I’m at with writing these days as gardening and cooking are no longer the mainstay of my content and I have two boys not one to share stories about.

I chose the Blix theme when I first logged into WordPress nearly 10 years ago and I’ve been fearful about making changes in case I preferred it the way it was or all the formatting looked wrong.  More recently though I’ve really been questioning whether to keep blogging and having decided to keep writing I need to let go of my fears and take up the challenge of learning to do things differently.  The lovely Happiness Engineers at WordPress assure me I won’t lose any information and with a job title like that you’re gonna trust them aren’t you.  I’ve been reading up on how to make improvements to my blog and it turns out I’ve been making a rookie error all these years by just using nice pictures of the boys in my header. It’s funny how you don’t see what’s right in front of you until you start looking with fresh eyes so despite my hits counter being over 400k visitors to my blog would would be hard pushed to work out where they have arrived. G laughed when I told him about my blog name being missing from my header and I knew why immediately – introverts don’t tend to want to draw attention to themselves and what may have been a shy, albeit conscious decision 10 years ago, is now a bit of a daft oversight!  Woops! Thank goodness for other bloggers who write helpful PDFs about how to navigate all this stuff, I’m off to do a spot of reading and find some dutch courage to put myself out there a bit more …

 

March 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

hanging up the wellies for winter

25-10-13 - allotment_new sign 4BWell, throwing them away actually!  My poor B&Q green wellies, bought with such excitement to tackle our new plot in 2004, have died.  They’d been in semi-retirement since Euan arrived, reduced to providing a home for spiders in the shed at the allotment.  I retrieved them a few weeks ago for a trip into the Forest with E but soon discovered their failings when the brook we were paddling in gushed up through the bottom of my boot.  It’s a shame I wasn’t wearing a pair of seeland wellington boots, they could have held back a river.25-10-13 - allotment_E's wellies 4B
E loves his wellies and they provide essential protection against stings and prickles at the allotment.  He could do with a rubberised body suit though to really be safe at our plot.  I nearly lost him a few times in the jungle we call our plot {joking of course}.25-10-13 - allotment_lost in the grass 4B

We fought our way through the head-high-when-you’re-1 jungle to retrieve Daddy’s wellies from the shed.  Spiders still present but no sign of holes, obviously didn’t see as much gardening action as mine {wink}.  It’s strange to think one day E really will fill boots and gloves this big.  25-10-13 - allotment_in the shed with Daddy's gloves 4B25-10-13 - allotment_in G's wellies 4B
With just a bobbing head visible through the jungle of weeds a curious neighbour came over to check nothing untoward was happening to our shed (there’s been a spate of pointless shed break-ins over the last year or so).  What good fortune it was to see Jason with raspberries to pick but no chance of reaching them without risking a thorny fall for E.  In all honesty I don’t miss the back breaking work that goes into having an allotment but I do miss, with a pang and a sigh, the community of friendly, generous hearted people you’re guaranteed to find there.25-10-13 - allotment_E with Jason 4B
A pretty fine haul even for autumn fruiting bushes for this time of year
(will probably pair them with apples to make a scrummy seasonal dessert). 25-10-13 - allotment_E with raspberries 4B
The upside of a being absent from anything is the fresh perspective you have when you return.  Great things have happened during the year thanks to the work of the allotment committee; the track has been resurfaced and there’s an impressive communal shed at the entrance to the allotments.  When we talk about our poor neglected plot at home there are so many reasons to consider letting it go. As soon as I set foot through the gate there are so many reasons not to.  We’ve got quite a decision to make before tenancy renewals in January. I’ll have to write to Santa and ask for some weeding fairies. I’m sure he’ll say yes, I’ve been a good girl this year {not joking!}Collage communal shed 4B
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post for Mole Valley Farmers

October 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm 5 comments

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August 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm 4 comments

hello plot, we’ve missed you!

29-3-13 - overgrown plot 4BWe took a walk out to the allotment at the end of March; our first visit of 2013.
It looked just as we expected but worse!  Even with all the work we’ll need to do to clear the soil for growing I’d imagined an idyllic scene of G and I busting a gut gardening while E played on a toy filled blanket on the grass.  How naive!  The allotment is riddled with nettles and brambles and all sorts of nasty spikey things and not at all safe for a little man out of arms.29-3-13 - overgrown plot towards shed 4B
With little enough time as it is, we can’t do the maintenance needed to contain it as well as grow food so for another year it will be a place less frequently visited and more likely to be tended by one or other of us in our usual tag team fashion. We’ve tamed it before and we can tame it again once E’s a bit older! This is how it looked this time last year with our parent task force helping out.
We managed a couple of jobs at least in the hour E slept.  I cut back the autumn fruiting raspberry canes and I’m keeping my fingers firmly crossed that they’ll work their usual magic of producing fruit effortlessly from July to October.  29-3-13 - cut raspberry canes 4B
G picked the rhubarb and while there wasn’t enough to make rhubarb wine he was very happy to make his legendary coronary inducing rhubarb fool.30-3-13 - rhubarb fool 4B

April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am 5 comments

punch drunk

The only thing that thrived at the allotment this year was the one thing we dug out last Autumn.  Our cardoon reached about 7+ feet high again with lots of purple thistles on it.  At least the bees were happy – positively punch drunk in fact.  How this little fella ever flew back to the hive I don’t know!

November 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm 3 comments

last plot pickings of 2012

Our September visit, to pick raspberries, already a distant memory and probably the last we’ll see of the plot this year.  I have no doubt that our crawling, babbling baby will be a walking, talking (maybe-digging-with-a-stick) boy when it’s time to brush the cobwebs off the spade next year.

er, what do you mean digging Mum, Chief Fruit Sampler is my job thank you!

ps.  it’s gone very quiet on the comment front so for anyone who is still reading ‘hello‘ and apologies for fewer gardening/cooking posts and more ‘life with baby’ posts.  That’s just how it is now so feel free to wander off and come back in thew new gardening season.  Would be lovely if you hung around though, cheers x

October 22, 2012 at 11:16 am 10 comments

allotment folk … Bernadette

Since I began blogging in June 2009 various allotment neighbours have found their way on to my blog in tales of warm hearted generosity (plant donations and biscuit sharing to name but a few).  Sorting through my photos recently I rediscovered these great pictures of Bernadette who has the very first plot you come to when you walk onto the allotment.  I’ve been lucky enough to see Bernadette on the handful of occasions I’ve made it to the plot since having E and I miss her cheery smile and encouragement now gardening is on the back burner. 

happy as a pig in muck (her words not mine) taking delivery of a ton of manure.

October 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm 5 comments

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