Windy weekends and to-do lists

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On Tuesday I walked home in the setting sun. Ok it wasn’t sunny at all, it was rainy and horrid. But it was light….which makes me very happy as I can see my plot after work. 🙂 When I have the time!

Although reading peoples blogs made me realise that I have not checked on my plot since storm Katie. And now the fear has set in!

So last night (a few nights ago now) I legged it to the plot. Was greeted by 2 cats shouting at each other, and another sheepishly watching them. But the plot was ok. A few broken panes of glass and blown over bits, but we made it!

Time to fix up my door again.

And straighten those poles!

But spring has sprung and my raspberry canes seem to be getting going for year 2 on the plot. The wood chips are making it all look much more organised….at least in my eyes.

I have to say it was hard to leave. But at the weekend I’ll get my dig on 🙂/ nothing done. And instead DIY our socks off. Ahhh well we now have a beautiful bedroom to relax in after all the future allotmenting. 😝

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DIY willow pool!

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When your husband says ‘your going to the plot aren’t you….‘ In a slightly disapproving/you must be insane tone. You do have to question yourself.

Luckily I think he already knew I was a bit crazy…. when it comes to all things green!

So it’s -4 (well it’s cold!) before work… and I’m rushing around making a diy paddling pool. With chunks of wood and plastic sheeting. Filling it with freezing water, from my water butt…. Just add willow and weights! and I’m all set for a week of willow soaking! Which makes me a very happy allotment loving bunny indeed! 🙂

A little robin even came to inspect…. as it probably looked like a delux bird bath!


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Wind in the willows!

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I’m very excited as I have ordered some willow for hurdling/ creative constructions on the plot.

When I first took the plot on I experimented with a mini woven retaining wall. Made from my non productive plum tree. (I should explain I was told it was non fruiting and asked to remove it, when I took the plot on. And well… I trimmed it a lot, then a little less each year. It’s now a respectable tree shape; but still doesn’t fruit. I always think maybe it will… But it just doesn’t…. He-he!) Anyway since then I have no materials… Appart from my idea to scavange in the local parks (possibly a bit illegal…So I have not don’t that).

So…I committed! And invested in some willow! And some stakes. I found a rather lovely guide to hurdle making. And yes! I do have a workmate, and I have some determination! So I’m going to give it a try! All I need is a Jig (to set my hurdle poles into). I can see myself getting distracted and building random archways. But first the willow and the soaking.. in my excitement. I hadn’t thought about how I was going to soak these giant sticks. I think the bath is out (its really not socially acceptable to share you bath with willow sticks is it!?); So I’m going to try the water butt at the plot.