Friday, 27 June 2008

Just Rewards

I find the longer I leave between visits to the allotment, the harder it is to visit. The weeds take on mammoth proportions, everything has been eaten down to a one inch stump, nothing is growing; all these thoughts whirl round my head.

But visit I must. The other night I didn't want to but I had (more) runners to put in, the first lot are not doing too well, and the weeds were growing well.

Now, here's the thing. It is always, always, always worth it. I weeded. Watered. Planted my runners. Weeded some more. Tied in my sweetpeas. Oohed and ahhed over my three carrots. And mulched as if my life depended on it.

I admit to needing, usually by about Wednesday, some child-free space and time. Last week I went to quite an effort to get it but this week, as I watched a cock pheasant strutting around the veggie patches, I wondered why I don't automatically make this my go-to place.

And as I wondered around my tiny domain, planning and plotting, I picked my first harvest. I found some strawberries the slugs hadn't and the birds had kindly left me some raspberries.

I'd like to say I shared them with everyone the next morning. I'd also like to say I didn't polish them off with cream left over from birthday cake making.
I'd like to but I can't........


  1. Me time is very important - especially with young children

  2. Hi Mrs be,
    I've been to the allotment frequently recently and twice a day a couple of times this week and it seems that it makes little difference to what is happening. I'm sending plants to their deaths and cultivating weeds.
    My butternut squash are down to 4 already (I blame this on not visiting on wednesday as I was losing heart)I couldn't be bothered to post yesterday about yesterdays visit when I discovered the state of the squash as I'm fed up.
    So your doing well.

  3. Thanks for sharing your strawberries with us -- there's nothing any lovelier!

  4. mmmm those strawberries look yummy, every once and a while it's ok not to share at least that's what my motto is, :)

  5. Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com28 June 2008 at 03:37

    It's always a process with the allotment, right? I wonder which *part* of you makes it so? It would be an interesting exercise to isolate the various voices in your head and then YOU decide. :) At least some part of you finds it ultimately worthwhile, and with fresh raspberries and strawberries awaiting,well...:) Enjoy!