Mar 31
2020

Home-made tools

A highlight from my blog about Dad’s allotment, in which he makes his own teeth… Dad is right about the blackcurrant bushes. I slash through the nettle jungle with a bill hook, a vicious thing I bought at the local tool shop. My hands tingle and throb despite my new gardening gauntlets – even my […]

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Mar 24
2020

Quids In

Given everyone’s situation this Spring and in memory of my Dad, I’m re-publishing the story of his allotment, starting at the beginning, ten years ago. I hope you enjoy it. With love, MS… Dad rings. ‘I’ve been offered an allotment,’ he says. ‘After all this time!’ He put his name on the waiting list six […]

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Feb 26
2020

RIP Dad

Dad has died. Aged 96, peacefully at the care home from old age, as we said in his obituary. I held his hand as his breaths grew farther and farther apart, like midnight waves in a lazy summer sea. He gave a surprised gasp. Then he was still. Kerfuffle followed, carers elbowing me aside to […]

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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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