The lack of our allotment blog activity is a result of a family visit and a long-awaited summer holiday. So now I’m going to make up for lost time and update you on our allotment activity.
The hottest piece of news is … Plot 66a on the William Fowler Allotments in Chipping Norton is a prize winner and that’s official! We came home from holiday to find a letter telling us of our ‘Commended’ award in the annual allotment competition. Last night we proudly went to the Chipping Norton Town Council meeting to be awarded with our prize.
Needless to say, we were thrilled to have all our hard work recognised. But also a little amused as winning competitions isn’t what our allotment is about. Our motivation is getting away from the house and our desks, (being a home-based copywriting company, this is very important), enjoying the fresh air and, having a plentiful supply of home-grown vegetables throughout the year.
We knew you’d ‘enjoyed’ a spell of bad weather during our absence, so we wondered how the allotment had fared while we were away. The high winds had done some minor damage to our bean poles, the sweet corn is now listing a bit, but tragedy! Our glorious clematis and honeysuckle arch is now a sorry heap. A damp weekend meant we have not yet been able to repair the damage, so I just hope the allotment judges don’t pop back for another look! Our prize-winning allotment is looking a bit the worse for wear.
We must give a mention to our chum and local business networking buddy, Ken Norman. Ken kindly agreed to ‘allotment’ sit while we were away and pick some of the surplus produce to ensure it continued to crop. In our absence, he was allocated his own plot, so in future years, we’ll be able to return the favour!
I mentioned our family visit earlier in the post. Our little town-dwelling granddaughter (2½ yrs), with her Mummy and Daddy naturally, came up for a long weekend. ‘Baby Bear’ was on a promise … she was to help dig up the potatoes she helped to plant earlier in the year. Needless to say she was very excited at the prospect and eagerly set to work. ‘Daddy Bear’ was in charge of the digging, supervised by yours truly, of course.
Miss Baby Bear diligently carried the potatoes, one by one, from ground to trug. This was a scene worthy of the Good Life episode where Margo helps pick the runner beans! But she enjoyed every minute and went home chattering about her potatoes and playing at planting more.
So with the 2011 summer season coming to a close, supplies are dwindling on the allotment. The beans are at an end, earlier than usual this year, and the courgettes’ days are numbered. But if the weather is kind, the late peas might give us a bonus crop and we still have all the winter harvest to look forward to … not to mention some overdue weeding!