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Post by freebird 19th June 2020, 9:00 pm

We took over our allotment on 1st April, a bit less than three months ago and already into lockdown. The previous incumbent, who had been asked to leave, tore up everything on it and then dumped a load of soil on top of it all - on top of stone paths, fruit bush remains, wooden edging for beds, dandelions, thistles .....

I took this photo two days ago, and although it's not all in production, I'm incredibly pleased at what we have achieved in 11 weeks. The plot extends to the homemade pallet wood compost bin to the left and the black bulky things you can just see to the right (they are cow drinkers connected to mains water, for plot watering).

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Turning my back to my plot, this is the view from the site. It's a small site with only 19 or 20 plots and just a couple of hundred yards from the River Wye (although it can't be seen from the site).

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Post by FloBear 21st June 2020, 9:28 am

Looks like a lovely spot, freebird. And what a fantastic amount of work you've done because the garden has also been requiring quite a slog too!
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Post by Ploshkin 21st June 2020, 10:39 am

I was going to say the same. You've done really well to achieve so much in your new garden and the allotment. Do you have a shed on the allotment where you can keep a chair so that you can sit and admire the view as well as your handiwork?
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Post by freebird 21st June 2020, 12:44 pm

We have a tool store, Ploshkin, but I would have to sit on an upturned bucket to get in! There is a small paved bit that the previous plot holder didn't cover in soil, and on it were a couple of chairs and table - so we do get to sit and admire whatever. We keep a little camping stove and tea bags in the store, so we can always find an excuse for a brew.
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Post by Ploshkin 21st June 2020, 1:02 pm

Perfect Freebird. I keep a folding chair in the polytunnel. Sometimes it's nice to sit in there when the rain is lashing down outside. The mice made a good meal of my chair last winter but it's still sittable on.
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Post by Dandelion 23rd June 2020, 5:07 pm

It's sad that the previous occupant was so unkind to leave you with such a mess. Well done for what you've achieved.

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Post by freebird 2nd July 2020, 4:57 pm

My new allotment helper.

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Post by Chilli-head 2nd July 2020, 5:11 pm

Oh lovely hearts . Juvenile robin ? I really love the robins darting around when I dig. So fearless, even the adults.
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Post by Ploshkin 2nd July 2020, 6:07 pm

That's so sweet. Our robins here seem to be quite 'wild'. There are loads of them so perhaps they are too busy being territorial to be friendly.
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Post by FloBear 2nd July 2020, 7:57 pm

Lovely close ups, freebird. It's great to have a little helper.
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Post by freebird 2nd July 2020, 8:43 pm

I was on my hands and knees weeding, and its movement caught my eye. The robin was behind me, so I was practically standing on my head to take these pics under my arm. Glad they came out so well.
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