Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hill Show 2010

The Show crept up on me this year - & I rather ended up entering classes on a reactive rather than proactive basis - i.e. run round the Hill on Friday evening with entry form in hand to tick what I had got ready to enter, as opposed to planning earlier in the year.

As ever, I worked in the spirit of taking part rather than with with any enormous hopes of zillions of 'firsts', which meant that there were one or two less than impressive entries - for instance, I scraped together 7 rather mature peas which had not quite gone brown & crispy yet, but they weren't what you might call a matching set.

Domestic sections are easier, as they can be organised in advance - the fruit cake cooked the weekend before, & jars of jam, jelly & chutney, just plucked off the store shelf in the garage. Why don't they have a wine category? I must ask.

Big sister Helen times a weekend visit 'home' to coincide with the Show - it's firmly set as a diary date - & entered cake, jelly & jam.
Mum entered a sponge cake, inadvertently going head to head with Jane's lad, who is now too old for junior classes, young E had the junior baking sections in her sights, and Jane wasn't to be outdone in the 'special cake' category - this year a lemon drizzle.

Sunday morning, & I spent an hour selecting, washing & trimming various veg then went and 'staged' my entries.

We all spent an idle afternoon wandering the plots & eating hot dogs whilst the judging took place, then the moment of truth when we could go back in to see the results - which revealed a goodly smattering of certificates for us all - then we went back to mum's after the prize giving to have a grand divvy-up of cakes, jams and veg.

A good day!


  1. Very well done to all! Perhaps you should suggest the 'wine' category to C'tee for next year?

  2. I will, Bilbo - there are a few of use making wine now, I think.


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