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Bath Abbey from the Roman BathsLast week we played host to the apprentices’ grandparents and so our visits to the plot were mostly limited to early morning and late evening harvesting and watering. The week passed in a haze of trips out and picnics. And whilst we visited the tourist spots in Wiltshire and Somerset, enjoyed endless picnics and  devoured mountains of ice cream, the weeds grew undisturbed.

The canal at BradfordIt’s good to have a bit of a break – even in National Allotments Week. Not that we have been idle. Oh  no sir! A week further on and  we are the proud possessors of some rather upmarket weed suppressant membrane which we intend to put to good use when relocating some of our raised beds in the Autumn. The plum jam is made and in the pantry; the tomatoes are harvested and ripening on the windowsill (having narrowlyescaped blight) and ………………

Home to roostAnd we are now the proud owners of a fabulous hen palace courtesy of Pat ‘the chicken ark man’ . It was a truly momentous occasion manoevred into place in the gloaming. Thanks Mike and Kevin (who abandoned his pizza masterpiece to lift the heavy end!) Our long awaited chooks are now only a few days away. YIPPEE! Expect lots of pics of hens pecking around, although the apprentices are planning reading to them and setting up an assault course in case they get bored.

 

apprentice at workBack to work today (after a picnic lunch with friends and a game of rounders.) At least in one section of the plot we are weed free – for a few days at least.