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daily update & a flash back in time

Went up late afternoon after a morning on computer – checking emails, being a virtual worker, trying to fix problems and what-not.  Remote working is strangely stressful but mustn’t grumble – we got an email from the big chief who … Continue reading

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A whole new bed

Yahoo!  The big guy built a new raised bed frame for a new salad / greens bed. This used the solid wood planks we found in the rubbish on the street yesterday. We still have to fill it with soil … Continue reading

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Meet Percival, our Palmate Newt & a Peacock Butterfly

Life abounds – the pond is exploding with activity. Tons of frog spawn and tiny little tadpoles already. And the palmate newt survived another winter!  I think his name might be Percival.  We scooped him up by accident when we … 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. On Saturday we had a … Continue reading

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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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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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the strawberry patch – expanded

The success of our small strawberry patch last spring heartened us to increase its size.  We’d left all the nigella (aka love in a mist) to flower and go to seed, and now have dug over the previous wildflower plot, … Continue reading

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