Sunday, July 22, 2012

The full horror is revealed

I knew it would be bad.  In truth, I can't say I didn't think it would be this bad because I DID think it would be this bad.  But it really is bad.  Constant heavy rain, along with being away on hols, and not being able to get at it has had the predictable result.  Hols was Norway - lovely country but Soooooo expensive.  "Fish and chips twice" off a market stall at Bergen harbour (paper plates, plastic cutlery) = £28.  Chuffinelle, as we say round here.  Beer at £7 for not-quite-a-pint.  Chuffi....  Burger and chips £15.  Chu.....

But I digress (up a fjord; lovely chaps, fjords).

This, trust me it is, is the strawberry patch.
I've had one picking this year.  One.  Last year I was picking kilos of them for several weeks.

This, even worse (I hardly dare show you), is the onion and garlic patch.
Ye Gods & Hatti-Fatteners.

But nowt comes of wringing your hands and moaning.  You just gotta get in amongst it.  Brace up, Mr Bracegirdle and get on with it.  It's tempting to start with the worst bits first but it's all so bad that I thought I'd be systematic and organised, rather than just lashing myself into a frenzy (steady on lad, it's only an allotment, we'll have none of that here)

So here's the plan:

First, do some infrastructure.  Strim the paths and cut the hedge.  I can't abide untidy paths and hedge.  It's like working in a mess; I don't like working in a mess; you should see my potting bench.  Paths and hedge are no small task but it'll feel "better already" when they are done.

Second, work downhill doing a sub-plot at a time.  Do each one, do it properly and before you know it Robert will be my Father's Brother. 
  • Note to self - this is gonna generate vast amounts of compostable stuff; must get some more compost accelerator

Third, errm, that's it.

Well it's a plan.  I think I'm just going to have to treat it as a job (what?  can't do that; I've retired.  I didn't retire from one job to do another.  Needs must, though) 

Anyway, always conclude on a positive note.  Here are the vines.   


Still doing well.  Tickety-boo, in fact.


Tanya Walton said...

Well that certainly is a LOT of weeds...but their are plots on our allotment that look like this so you aren't alone...only difference is that they don't seem to be in the mind to do anything about it. At least we are predicted a little dry weather for your clean up period...and they are lovely sunny photos so that's something on the bright side!!

Glad you enjoyed your hols. Scandinavia is pricey but well worth the visit!!

Woody Wilbury said...

Thanks Tanya. It'll be nice to be out in the sunshine for a good long while. Like everyone else, I feel distinctly under-sunned this year!!

Sue@G.L. Allotments said...

I spotted a strawberry in your photo - we haven't had as many strawberries as the plants promised - the rain turned them mushy.

When we first retired we started to treat going to the allotment as a job - went every afternoon but we have learned not to let it take over.

Your Norway prices make our lunchtime jaunts for a pub lunch very economical although not as scenic.

Woody Wilbury said...

Thanks Sue. It's a fine balancing line isn't it. I worked hard on it on Sunday and again yesterday, so order is being restored to some of it quite quickly. Today I won't be there at all; it's too hot (didn't envisage ever being able to type those words this year!!).