All Posts Tagged with "allotment"

Oct 3
2010

Weedkiller

Until recently, Dad and I haven’t used weedkiller on the allotment. There’s no real reason, just a vague prejudice against chemicals. On Dad’s side this is coupled with the idea that the plot ‘only takes an hour to clear’ and on my side that the exercise involved might make me lose weight. But after three […]

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Aug 5
2010

Ted the Shed.

Ever since we got the allotment, Dad has said, ‘We need somewhere to keep our tools, don’t you think, stop ’em getting pinched. And we need somewhere to go when it rains, to sit and watch all the other b*ggers get soaked.’ I’m taken aback by this robust view of things but later, in B&Q, […]

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Jul 22
2010

Water

There’s one thing you can rely on when you’re camping in Wales. Bwrw glaw. Or as we call it in England, rain. Last week, as Mr MS and I sat in various Welsh fields watching water pour glutinous down the windows of our camper van, it was with a strange mixture of feelings that I […]

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Jul 6
2010

Fences

Fences do funny things to people. The allotments’ back fence is uber-secure. Its mesh rectangles are too narrow for a foothold, its height sufficient to stop anyone hauling themselves up, and rules and regs stipulate no sheds near the fence to break the fall. It has all been thought out. Of course, anyone could walk […]

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Jun 23
2010

Home-made tools

Dad is right about the blackcurrant bushes. I slash through the nettle jungle that is our allotment with a bill hook, a vicious looking scimitar that cost £4 from the local tool shop. My hands tingle and throb despite gardening gloves – even my stings have stings. Dad and Mr Mandy Sutter look on.  ‘Four […]

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