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pondlife: Percival & pals

Good news!  H is well – we saw him on the patch on Sunday.  He was arriving as we were leaving.  Earlier the big dude sent him a text just to say all ok and life abounding in the ponds. … Continue reading

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progess on the broad bean bed & more

It rained lightly last night, with the roads still damp by late morning.  After a morning tending to the small matter of replenishing our larder and provisions, we had a quick lunch at home and then went out to the … Continue reading

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mid-week photo album

Some photos taken in the last few days.  There are tulip and cyclamen in bloom. Sprinklings of celandine in flower at the base of the damask rose.  And a big bunch of bluebell bursting forth in the path on the … Continue reading

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pea prep

We plan on bumper crops of tasty crunchy peas this summer.  Peas to eat fresh right off the plant – to snack on while we work.  Peas, peas, peas!: delicious green-tasting, life-affirming, easy-to-grow peas! The planter at the front side … Continue reading

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garlic beds & spring prep

The small bed of garlic we planted in late autumn (November) are doing well.  We also planted two giant garlic in a mini-plot.  These provide a flash of hopeful green growth in the midst of bare patches that have been … Continue reading

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spring harvest – bitter greens & tart crumbles

This is what our coronavirus survival kitchen looks like.  Our weekend harvest from the allotment included sprouting broccoli (tiny but powerful & delicious), spinach, purple & yellow stemmed swiss chard, marjoram, winter savory, and rhubarb.

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signs of spring – despite the apocalypse!

In spite of the coronavirus apocalypse that’s hit Europe and London, life is full of bustle and buzz on the allotment.   Went up this weekend and we kept our distance, but the place was eerily empty, with only four … Continue reading

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garlic

It’s been monsoons – too wet & mucky to garden.  Last weekend was a complete wash out. This week there’s been flooding up North and one woman died when a river overran its banks.  Yikes. This morning started with heavy … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk ‘Bout Sheds, Baby

Actually, let’s not.  I’ll let these pictures tell a thousand words or more.

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cutting update – damask success

Last winter we took three cuttings from the damask rose.  At first, all three took and thrived, but eventually there were two, and then, just one.  But what a one that one is! It’s been repotted to a large handsome … Continue reading

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