Monday, 30 June 2008

Monday 30 June - All Alone at the Allotment

Oh well, the kids are in school, Deb's at work I've taken the dog for a walk it's 12:00 and I can't put it off any longer - it's time to go solo. First problem, how do you carry a fork on a bicycle? With difficulty!! Thought I'd get some more digging done  so I started work on the section just up from the broad bean plants (we did in front yesterday). After a couple of hours got this turned over, nicked a chair from the allotment next door and sat down to enjoy a well deserved beer. Whilst sitting George happened along and we got chatting. Seems he had a very interesting job before he retired designing machine parts. Anyway he gave me some tips which I'm desperately trying to remember and we chewed the fat (as the yanks would say) for awhile. Left at about 03:15 to be home in time to take Hannah to the doctors.

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Saturday 28 June - First Days Work at the Allotment

Saturday 28 June 2008. Well, it's time to make a start. The four of us arrived mid morning with good intentions ready to being turning this overgrown piece of land into something that will provide us with fresh wholesome food for the foreseeable future. With the price of food rocketing as it is and with no end to this in sight this could be the best decision we've made in a long time. We got started, I did the digging, Deb did the weeding and the kids did what they could. I think the photos will show what we managed to get done.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Thursday 26 June - We've Got an Allotment

Our plot at Rosamund Road in Leicester is 10 yards by 30 yards and gives us a whopping 300 square yards of growing space.

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Unfortunately, as you can see from the photos, we're going to have to do a bit(!) of digging before we can contemplate cultivating such a large area. We didn't do anything this first day, just got shown around the site by George (The Allotment Manager) and had choose which of the 3 available plots we wanted. The one we picked looks very over grown, but, luckily, has only just been let go by the previous occupant, so clearing it, hopefully, shouldn't be too difficult! Anyway, we're coming back on Saturday to make a start. Whilst we were there, we met Terry who was the previous manager and who has the plot next to ours. Apparently he's had it for over 50 years and it looks great - one day perhaps so will ours. He gave us our first produce when he presented us with one of his beautiful lettuces (see photo's).

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Millfield Sports Day

Here are the photos I took of Han's sports day. As you can see she's very into sports and competing making her, at the time, unique in this household. Great Sports day, as usual, Millfield puts such a lot of effort into making sure it goes right.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Sunday 8 June 2008 - Scouts Cycle 27 Miles Around Rutland Water

Scout leader (Richard) has chip oil vehicles and is concerned with sustainability
Nat and I abandoned
Home Via Sat-Nav in N95
Slightly angry