All Posts Tagged with "allotment"

Mar 23

A good bushman

The fallen wych elm on our allotment is attracting attention. It’s close to the fence at one end, so passing male dogs can pee on it. Male men would probably like to do the same. But convention dictates that they can only eye it and ask questions. What happened to your tree?’ asks one. His […]


Oct 16

The plot pecking order

It’s unclear who’s in charge at our plot.  Officially it’s my 87-year old Dad. But I spend a lot of time down there and own all the gardening books. Mr Mandy Sutter is there so infrequently he doesn’t even dare voice opinions, especially since Dad and I are working hard this month, hoiking monstrous roots […]


Oct 3


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 […]


Aug 5

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, […]


Jul 22


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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