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Allotment Politics …and a load of photos!

It’s funny the politics that can happen on an allotment site. I suppose it’s the same with any kind of community, a book group, a street, a country! There will always be people you do not get on with and there will always be those who wish to cause trouble for troubles sake, that’s life, but recently, here on our allotment there seems to be a lack of what the word community means. Helping each other, not just yourself, respecting peoples boundaries and privacy (if they want to keep themselves to themselves, fine with me!) and having not only respect – a word I seem to be using a lot lately,please bare with- for those different to yourself.

It seems that bullying, and there is a fair bit of it around is rearing it’s ugly head on allotments. Sure, there have always been the envious, and comparison of ways and produce. That’s allotment life. We all look, we all compare, we all like to have a nosy at other allotments and take tips and criticise methods. But, it seems that, that is slowly being replaced by bullying, nastiness by those who seem to have had their social skills stunted at an early age! Even the moaning of the old men on the allotment was never as bad as this. We wonder if any other allotments have suffered from this??

We like to grow stuff; veg,fruit herbs and flowers. We love the colours, the change of the seasons, planting, potting on, cups of tea and being followed by a friendly robin. The little things an allotment can bring, the joys, and this is why they should not be run like a military regime by those who lack that one basic, but most important skill … to listen to others instead of their own voice.

End of rant. Here’s some pics taken yesterday!! If anyone wants us we’re hiding out behind the shed, cup in hand ’til it all blows over. Happy plotting!!

Anyone want a 'Little Gem', I think we have too many!!

Anyone want a ‘Little Gem’, I think we have too many!!

Butternuts hiding!

Butternuts hiding!

Dumpling!

Dumpling!

A pair of pears and a spare.

A pair of pears and a spare.

The colours in the 'Earth Walker' sunflowers are lovely.

The colours in the ‘Earth Walker’ sunflowers are lovely.

Sun shining on the runners.

Sun shining on the runners.

And last …!!

Sweet peas gone wild!

Sweet peas gone wild!

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August 2015

Just a few lines about the plot.Between work and other time sapping things we’ve been doing our best at the allotment. We love August, everything just seems to go wild. The runner and French beans have gone crazy, creating almost a wall of produce, the bees feasting on the red and white flowers and getting drunk on the lavender.You can actually stroke them! Friends are getting sick of being given bags of beans and courgettes and spuds now. The freezer is full! We always begin to wind things down a bit toward the end of August and let the butternut and dumpling squash run riot in their beds. It’s great watching them fruit and they last us through the winter.

Onions are drying out in the old hardening off ‘Coffin’ and the outside tomatoes are ripening well.

The smell of the Blackcurrant sage, ‘Hot Lips’ is amazing as are the sweet peas. Their scent perfumes the whole house at home. We’ve begun covering our little bench with various plants from cutting and bulbs, it makes for a pretty display.

A bit of everything!

A bit of everything!

Dumpling squash gone wild! The black bin is full of comfrey mix. It stinks!

Dumpling squash gone wild! The black bin is full of comfrey mix. It stinks!

Although the Sweet Peas (masked a bit by the Cosmos here!) smell much better!

Although the Sweet Peas (masked a bit by the Cosmos here!) smell much better!

Hope your allotments are all doing well. Till the next time!