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...........

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Bah, Humbug

The whole country, it seems, is in the grip of Winter, & has been for a good couple of weeks. That's proper snowy, icy, temperatures-down-to-minus 10, schools closed, transport grinding to a halt, check-on-your-neighbours WINTER.

On the plus side, it has been extremely pretty; I work from home, so don't have to brave the elements; the shops are but a short walk away, I have a freezer & plenty of supplies; & plenty of warmth.

But I really have had enough of it now. It is still lethal underfoot with ice, freezing cold, & the reward that I have had for being Mrs Sensible & not driving? A flat battery.

I have not been to the Hill for three weeks - and then only for the AGM - as the chances of being able to do anything or to dig up any parsnips is nil. Fortunately the cabbage the-size-of-your-head which I cut at the beginning of November is quite happy keeping in the fridge having portion after portion of crisp white tightly packed leaves sliced off each day.

And yes, I know we'd all be bored of the same weather all the time, & it is extremely festive - but really.

Bah, humbug.


  1. Well, Hazel, we couldn't be more poles apart with our opinions on the weather, could we! I've been in my element, but then I know I'm odd. I do occasionally meet a friend of mine, when I'm out enjoying the snow and frost - and she's a bit mad too.

  2. I'm in the Humbug camp here. I've had enough now. Elderly rellies snowed in with us too! Oh for an empty house and a bit of soil to dig in!

  3. We'd be boring if we were all the same, Chris!

    Hope your elderly rellies are all safely on their way now, Flum - although maybe it's still too icy up with you for that? Try not to pull your hair out!

  4. Sue Tasker writes a gardening column in our weekly paper and says this is the time for dreaming .... I am dreaming of all the potential risky places in the garden fencing which need reinforcing within the next two weeks!

  5. Sadly, you have an unexpected extra gap to fix now, Bilbo, and the weather is hardly conducive for outside work, is it? But you do have very good motivation!

  6. Minus 10 outside at present (8.15 Monday morning)

    A Nail Gun/Staple Gun is being added to the Bag End toolchest which will make the next bit of fence work a little faster.


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