A little bit of a wringer, you could say
Thanks – the plot is a corker though
. When we got it, it was the plot no one wanted to take on, mostly covered by a 6ft high forest of bramble. We soon levelled it, then people realised its true worth
Been down there checking it over today – got a hire van for Easter. Took all the garden waste and chicken's compost down to add to the mix. Had several runs to Tottenham's premier department store Ikea too. Scavenged all the vast bits of cardboard from the discarded packaging people couldn't squeeze in their cars. The stuff makes an ace base for mulching and instant raised beds. Highly recommended. The old boys use carpet, but that is a pain to dig out when its weave rots into the ground. Picked up lots of 6mm thick sheets of polystyrene from Ikea too – going to use this in cold frames and to line the interior of our plot's 'command centre'.
Going to have an allotment frenzy this weekend to catch up. Got to dig out last year's spuds out, then clear and dig over – mammoth task
. Basically, it will be me doing most things. The knee occasionally gives me gyp, but it's going in the right direction, I think. As long I'm warm, strapped up and don't do anything rash (like step on a hidden rake) I should manage fine. Missus can keep the tea brewing in the 'command centre'
Got new spuds chitting and got some seeds sown. Onions, garlic waiting in the wings. Got various new raspberry canes and rhubarb. I'm not holding out for a bumper crop of tomatoes from this year – last year's never happened as it was too wet and not enough hot sunlight. This year, winter has dragged on far too long.
Is your 'site manager' the young 'un in your photos? With us, the missus is the enthusiast and I'm Mr Happy (Grumpy, old Northern git) or "silly old Hector" (from Hector's House). I know it's time to hide when I the hear words: "I've been thinking...".
I know then that my list of jobs to do has just grown exponentially. When your tundra has de-camped elsewhere, what are planning to put in?
Retrobike has been a goldmine, and a god send when I was out of action in plaster. I got the frame stripped/dipped/blasted, then powder coated. It feels way lighter and chimes like a bell when you tap it. The concave rims/wheels are well 'wigged' after 20 yrs, so need a new set at some point. Ended up having to destructively remove the cranks, so it's time for a new chainset too. Likewise saddle, twisted in the crash. Gil 'M' Montague on here did some fabulous new decals, which are now applied. Gil is out of action himself at the moment, after a bike-related incident – hopefully he's recovering well.
I'm hoping to document the bike rebuild, and also the progress on the allotment. But first, a cup of tea, and some biccies...
Enjoy your day's allotmenteering – take some pic if you can.
Clockwork A309 A0163
Wanted: 26.8mm Orange or Zoom seatpost and Onza RCR 160 Bar Ends (preferably both polished silver). Oh, and an end to 'The Struggle'.