15 May 2008

Bitch Success

One of the gals at work left a magazine called health and beauty. I was leafing through it looking for articles about allotments when I came upon the headline 'Dress for Beach Success'. I just know I'm going to spend the whole day trying to work out what the hell 'beach success' consists of.

Edit: Whatever it is, I feel certain that I am unlikely ever to experience 'beach success' *sigh*

14 May 2008

shoot me!

After a lot of huffing and puffing we have managed to get the big greenhouse to the stage where it is plantable uppable, though much remains to be done. In the left bed are Gigante Liscio toms with lettuce at the front and in the right bed are aubergines, up to the (unfinished) central support, and then sweet peppers interspersed with yet more lettuces. Out the far door you can see the handy workbench on which I fall asleep: fortunately you can clamp it shut so falling off is not a problem. At some points during the reconstruction I considered sectioning myself for taking it on. Now though, I think it was all worth it as having that much space to play with is wonderful. There are some rotten windows to replace and still some rotten base timbers but it will do to be going on with.

You have my permission to shoot me if I take on any more building projects this century.

05 May 2008

May Bank

One of the new chicks seems quite at home on Ben's shoulder and while not quite in the same league as a brightly coloured parrot, will do nicely for an aspiring Capt Jack Sparrow. There are four of them but at the moment they are all living in our back garden and the bike shed rather than up at the plot because the fox is still about and has taken another 5 hens and a goose off our neighbours plot. He was mightily upset about the goose as he has had it for twenty years.

Probably there is a pair of them with young to feed; they have even been seen trotting about the plots in the day with a chicken in mouth. There are some traps out; I don't know how many, but Mr Fox seems a bit too wily to get caught in one of those.

Puts you right off foxes I can tell you.