The Christmas party

I had a quick look round the plot this morning but it’s a dismal day so I didn’t linger.  I then went on to the horticultural society trading shed for the Christmas party.

There was plenty of food and drink consumed whilst members chatted, and it’s always good to see people who I don’t see much during the year.

I won a box of Liquorice Allsorts in the raffle.

I remember my dad liked and bought these most weeks but it’s been a long time since I last had any, and I do wonder if they’ll be as good as they used to be.

All too soon it was time to finish up and come home.


I’ll be back at the trading shed on Wednesday morning to help with the annual stock-take, then won’t be there again until  7th January as it’s closed for two weeks.  My first official on duty morning isn’t until the 28th by which time we should have taken delivery of onion sets and seed potatoes.  That really does herald the start of the new season.

Have a good week!

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Tree following, December 2017

Over in Lexington, Kentucky Liz’s Tulip poplar is now just a bare, and rather uninteresting, tree skeleton.  It will stay like that until the spring when new buds will appear and the growing cycle begins again.

Here my Dogwood has shed all its leaves exposing the brownish-red stems that have grown during the year.


The picture on the right was taken last Sunday, and you can see the icy bauble dead flower-heads giving it a rather seasonal look.

Thanks as usual to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.

Have a good weeekend.

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A snowy Sunday

It’s been snowing, and settling, here since before 8 o’clock this morning, and shows no sign of stopping nearly six hours later.

I had a quick look round the plot before going on to the horticultural society trading shed where I was officially on duty today.

This was the view from the allotment gates looking along the road, and below is the plot.

Not surprisingly there was just a handful of people at the trading shed.  All we did apart from chat, drink tea and eat biscuits was to put up the Christmas decorations and lights ready for the party next Sunday morning.

Have a good week!

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I’ve been plotting…

the past three mornings as it’s been dry and not too cold.  I dug out, and sieved, more barrow loads of compost from one of the communal wood chip bays.  These I added to the pile by the blackberry bush which you can see in the picture.

Yesterday I rough cut round the edges of the grass paths then added the clippings to the now almost full compost heap. They make a good duvet to help keep it warm to work it’s magic.  I also did a bit of general tidying up along with some hoeing and weeding.

It’s raining this morning, and the few next days at least are going to be rather wintry with temperatures feeling no higher than zero centigrade at best so it looks like I’ll be doing plenty of armchair gardening.

Have a good weekend!

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Winter wind down

I only made a couple of quick visits to the plot during the week as although it was mostly dry there was a bitterly cold wind.

All the flowers have now finished apart from a few rather sorry looking poached egg plants, the dogwood and roses have shed their leaves and everything is looking bare and brown.

As usual through the winter months I will take a look round most days weather permitting.


Have a good week!

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Sofa reading, November 2017

I’m sure that most people read more books at this time of year and through the winter.  I also find myself making sure that I’ve plenty of library books, second-hand paperbacks and ebooks to hand.

These are Liz’s and my current bedside table choices.


Liz is about half-way through A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  She’s comments that it’s brilliantly written with well drawn characters and has had made her chuckle at times.

She’s reading it on the recommendation of one of her favourite authors, Michael Lewis, who was on a live book programme recently where he mentioned that this is his favourite book.



I’m about to start Death at Bishop’s Keep by Robin Paige, which is the first of twelve in a series of cosy crime mysteries none of which I’ve read previously.

If I enjoy it and decide to read the others they are all available as second-hand paperbacks, and ebooks,  for around £2-70($3-60).



Happy reading, and have a good weekend!

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This delightful picture…

is titled Remington the Horticulturist by American painter Charles Wysocki.

It’s been a cold and sunny weekend, but there’s some heavy rain due tomorrow followed by a few days of notably much colder weather so I’ll be doing plenty of armchair gardening.

Have a good week!

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