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Further allotment adventures

The last couple of Sundays I’ve been down at the allotment. Last week there were a few of us, and we cleared some of the old fencing and some of the assorted crap that was left (old carpet, bottles, broken glass, etc). No digging was done though – the ground was frozen solid! This picture gives an idea of the plot – this will eventually be divided into 10:

Today the ground wasn’t frozen, but it was only me this time (HD is still recovering from a very nasty cold, and the others have come at other times). I had thought I would shift the bricks that surround the old raised bed (see above photo, to the left in the middle), but they turned out to be big concrete blocks and too much for one person, so instead I did some weeding. Once I’d got rid of the remains of this year’s dead weeds (with their seeds just waiting to waft everywhere) I could see the new growth, so got rid of a bit of that. This stuff is in our garden so I have learnt this year just how rampant it is! So even if this isn’t our eventual plot, I don’t mind getting rid of/weakening the weeds, as they certainly won’t restrict themselves to just a small plot! Here’s the before, during and after shots:

And one more for luck – as if a view of the Wallace Monument wasn’t enough, turn round in the other direction and there’s a view of Stirling Castle as well!

I am now all achey, and it’s the usual soul-destroying thing of spending time working really hard for it to not look that different! Oh well – I’m sure once we all get going on it it will be done soon enough and we’ll be glad for these little bursts of effort over the winter!

Allotmenting

I’ve gone on about it everywhere else so I may as well here too! 🙂 We now have the use of a 1/4 allotment, we’ve been on the waiting list since moving here but expected to have to wait for ages. But a couple of neglected plots had the plot-holders evicted, and the allotment association has decided to divide them into four each, so that a number of us on the waiting list could at least make a start on growing something while we wait for a half or full plot to come up. This has the advantage that we can be growing stuff and getting to know what works in this particular space and what isn’t so successful, and they get to see that we are committed and so giving us a bigger plot in the fullness of time isn’t so risky. So it’s pretty much win-win – I’m delighted!

The various people who have been given this chance are getting together over the coming weeks to clear the plots (they need weeding and digging over and various bits of rubbish removing), and then the plots will be divided and we’ll have names drawn out of hats to see who gets what. I really like this community aspect of it – we’ll all help everyone, rather than just doing our own bit and sod everyone else.

I posted this picture up on my blipfoto blog as well, but I’ll stick it here too – look at the view! The allotments are next to the local Rugby Club, but a bit further beyond the rugby field is the Wallace Monument.

I am really pleased that this gives me something else to blog about, I’ve been a bit lacking in inspiration the last little while! And with any luck HD and I will be Tom and Barbara from The Good Life in no time! 😀

Bluebell Wood

On Sunday we explored a bit – Balquhidderock Wood (no I have no idea how to pronounce it!) is about a mile from where we live, apparently it is known locally as Bluebell Wood. Unfortunately due to some map confusion we spent an hour wandering round Stirling housing estates before eventually getting there, and of course it is too early for bluebells, but now we know where it is we can go back later when it’s bluebell time.

We both stopped in our tracks at the fallen tree – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tree that orange on the inside.

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