Aug 9
2019

Dad’s Shed

Dad’s shed has a new roof. He would turn in his grave to think I’d paid someone £75 to work on a shed that only cost him £99 in the first place and which he erected alone, ignoring Mr MS’s nervous offers of help. Not that Dad is in his grave. He has just celebrated/endured […]

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Mar 6
2019

Sir Lazarus

Spring has arrived and I find myself uninterested in the allotment. I credit this to Dad (95) or to be more precise, Life’s Rich Tapestry. Recently the doc told Dad he was about to pop his clogs (not her exact words). It was credible – since Christmas he’d been mostly in bed complaining of stomach […]

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Nov 19
2018

Winter of my content

I love winter. Growth is slow and plants don’t bully you to water or harvest them. Strange finds emerge once the greenery has retreated. And even though I style myself as an extrovert who enjoys company, I love being on the plot when no one else is around. I persuade Mr Mandy Sutter to take […]

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Sep 20
2018

Top Plot

I like Autumn. I look forward to a long brutal winter that freezes the ground and makes gardening impossible. But the season also reminds me of a strange happening five years ago. Dad and I won first prize in our town’s In Bloom competition for best allotment. I didn’t fess up at the time and […]

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Aug 13
2018

Currant affairs

The recent heatwave has defeated many plot holders at our allotments, especially those farthest from the taps. Broad beans have gone black and onions have been overpowered by the soil turning to concrete around them. Currants and berries however, have flourished to the point where preparing them for eating or freezing feels like one of […]

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