The weather has taken a dramatic turn for the worse over the past week with rain, wind and thunder putting a halt on trips to the allotment. Combine that with darker evenings and working on a chicken coop as well means that it put a complete stop on my little trips to plot 15C and I was starting to miss it. In other news the chicken coop is coming on leaps and bounds, it’s even had a coat of paint (blog post to follow shortly!)
The sun decided to grace us with it’s presence today and I made plans to pop down to the lottie after work to do a few small jobs and to just check up on everything. Halfway there it decided to absolutely pour it down so I made a mad dash for the shed, put the kettle on, grabbed a book and waited for the rain to stop. It eventually stopped, so I did a quick sweep of the allotment to make sure everything was ok, the zinnia by the gate had unfortunately snapped and my poor gherkin plant was hanging onto the trellis for dear life! I made sure to tie it on and then covered up the little turnip and kohl rabi seedlings which were being devoured by the birds. I cut a few more of the dying sunflower heads off to dry in the shed and then picked a few purple french beans, which seems to be dying off with this sudden dip in the temperature. Everything else is growing perfectly well but the allotment needs a big tidy, especially the dead pumpkin plants on the archway and in the brassica bed. Fingers crossed for sunshine or atleast just clouds this weekend so I can get cracking on tidying, digging and weeding. Today has been a crazy day of sunshine, rain and thunderstorms, and as I made another dash for the shed during another wet spout I saw a little frog jump into the pond as the lightening lit up the sky.
Even though I got drenched and was cold, I must admit that I was happy. Doe’s that make me crazy?! It felt so good to be in my favourite place again, even though it was only for an hour and for half of that I spent sheltering in the shed! The allotment sure is good for your soul as well as your health.