Wednesday 18 December 2019

The Allotment In Winter.

The weather is playing at silly beggars at the moment.  Rain and wind and Jack Frost and his family all thrown in. 

There's no chance of me digging the veg plot over its much too wet.  It makes me wish I had an allotment with my very own allotment castle,  a shed.  One of those with a corrugated tin roof and a front door from a skip.  


Or even an old railway carriage like my fictional allotment hero Uncle Mort.  His shed was an old railway carriage.  Do you remember I Didn't Know You Cared on the Beeb in the 1970's or 1980's?  It was penned by the late and great Peter Tinniswood. 

 He grew up over a dry cleaners in Sale in Cheshire.  A perfect place for any would be  writer to find his characters and people watch. 

We live in a beautiful place in the countryside next to the sea.  But I sometimes think I would like to rent an allotment again and meet characters like Uncle Mort.   

30 comments:

  1. I feel your rain (just a few hours later)!

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  2. Yep it's on its way. I wish we could hibernate like the squirrels do. The Green Green Grass..and the Goodlife is on Drama tonight. So at least there's something to watch. Just hope we still have electricity to work the well pump and power the television and lights and the pump on the back of the range. Thanks!

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  3. There's a couple vacant on our allotments, a bit of a trek for you but we'd have the camping stove lit and the kettle boiling in no time! We could even sit in one of our TWO sheds!😀
    Husband built both. His is more luxurious than mine but mine is tidier!

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  4. It's very kind of you Christina. Storm Elsa is blowing outside at the moment. My allotment shed is my polytunnel. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Hope Storm Elsa blows herself out soon, and that your poly tunnel stays intact and dry.

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  6. "Slightly better than whippet racing" is a great line Dave. Great dialogue with great delivery. It takes a keen eye and a keen ear to write good dialogue. It's a bit like walking around with your eyes open like I was talking about yesterday. Observation is a most important asset to have. I was taught to observe at school by my English teacher for writing purposes. Great post again Dave.

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  7. The polytunnel has survived a lot of storms Vera. It's got a few plastic rips taped up but it's survived. Think it's the green windbreak cotton mesh on both doors that's the secret. The wind blows through. Thanks.

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  8. Totally agree Rachel. Observation is the key. Charles Dickens use to walk twenty two miles a day and he wasn't bothered who he met or where he went. No doubt meeting characters for his books. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  9. Well, wish in one hand, as they say.

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    1. Very true. I just the rain and wind gods would go somewhere else. I want to get back digging and weeding but I am going to have to wait, thanks!

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  10. Love the humour and the accents in that clip.
    Sun is shining here at long last but so damp night andorn. Takes us all day to dry out. Garden is full of clover. At least it's green. I love green

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  11. I think you’d enjoy Footnotes by Vybar Cregan-Reid. It’s about running but it could equally be about walking. There’s a lot of observation. More a journey through life really.

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  12. Uncle Mort is my allotment hero Linda. You live in paradise me thinks. Oh for some sunshine and to sit outside and appreciate nature again. I have nasturtiums running riot where we grew potatoes last year. Wish I had that clover, it would make a great green manure. Just dig it in and it will make the ground rich with nitrogen. Thanks for commenting LA.

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  13. Hi Gwil. Thanks for the book suggestion Gwil. I will look it up. I bought a book about walking by Kate Humble last week. She walks for at least an hour a day observing like you and Rachel talk about. I will write a post about this book. Thanks Gwil.

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  14. When I was a child the house next door had an old railway carriage as a garden shed. I have no idea how they could have got it there! Thanks for bringing back happy memories.

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    1. Hello Tracey. What a wonderful thing to have in a garden, One's very own railway carriage. Thanks for your comment.

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  15. Now, if you lived nearer to me you could have my huge garden to do what you like with. I don't charge!

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  16. That would be good Valerie. Why don't you rent some of your garden to somebody who is on an allotment waiting list? They could supply you with lots of fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables for free. I am always reading about allotment waiting lists. Thanks.

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