Friday, 14 February 2020

Recently on the plot


Cars in the near distance, a great mass of geese in the sky and many sweet song birds in the hedgerows - the noises that both accompanied our visit to the plot and soothed our minds. Sometimes, even in the damp, its a truly wonderful place to be.

I got to work with the oscillating hoe, did I tell you we got one? Haha, I feel we haven't quite gotten over the shock and joy of this new find.

During the week Andrew got us more seeds in Poundstretcher (varieties we wanted and for only 79p) and 3 bare root fruit trees in Lidl for £15! Bargains. The online bare root tree order fell through as though we'd paid the £5 delivery fee, they wanted £15 more!? £20 to deliver a £15 tree, no thank you.

2 Prunus and a Malus (more in a future blog post)
Due to Storm Ciara the ground was sodden so we couldn't plant the trees but we put them together in a big pot with lovely new compost. The pot is in a sheltered corner until a better day.

Next, posts where first driven into the ground in the back of the site. Then, we had bought wind break netting on Saturday so we screwed it up with batons and cut offs we have had around the place. Little rustic looking from the back maybe but functional!



Somehow having created a little barrier off from the rest of the field, I suddenly had the feeling of belonging. Belonging to this small plot that is ours, more so than I have in years. And with that I felt more assured that I am an allotmenteer, I belong to this wider circle of people and the feeling was lovely (if fleeting).

* We've been eating the PSB and the kale tops, this week too. Don't overlook those bolted kale flower buds, they taste wonderful!

It's really time to give the shed some loving! We have so much to get rid of out of it, a corner to repair and lots of fresh paint needs applying. We had thought of getting a new one but this one is dandy - just hard done by. As we had the tools with us, I bravely decided to take down the lovingly handcrafted 24a sign I made some years ago out of odd broken up tiles; time to move on.

Love and hugs (especially as it's St Valentines' day!)
Carrie

8 comments:

  1. The back wall you’ve added really makes it seem like a place...a secret garden, singular and separate while still connected to the whole.

    What kind of fruit trees? Trees bring such a magical presence to any space :)

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    1. Thank you Maru! I really think it feels exactly like that :)
      The fruit trees we have to plant are: cherry 'schattenmorelle', plum 'stanley' and an apple 'jonagold - I'll talk more about the varieties in a later post when we plant them out xx

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  2. Good post and pictures. It sounds like you're going to be busy sorting the shed, and contents, out. Happy plotting. xx

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    1. The shed is going to be a mad amount of good honest hard work. We can't even get into it and there is so much space wasted, plus the outside is so very tired and there is one little area of rot on the most exposed corner. I am so looking forward to it - minimalism at it's finest :) xx

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  3. Postage is sometimes a way of seeming to offer a bargain, I think. They lower the price of the item and bang it on to the postage. Cunning but we’ve sussed them out!

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    1. Oh we get so often here, they say it's a certain price for the UK but then add more on from Northern Ireland! Arggh, we ARE in the UK. X

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  5. It is amazing how effective even a slight visual screen is, so you can enjoy Your Patch, and let the world go away.

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