Although it may well be true that the days are getting longer - and goodness me, is that March I see towards the end of the week? - but it ain't half cold still!
We've had a spell of weather for the past couple of weeks which has been dry, not particularly frosty, but with a wind chill factor that puts you in mind of Siberia. Honestly, no wonder the Russians drink all that vodka - they have to keep warm somehow.
All I did before freezing to the core a couple of weekends ago was dig up a fine couple of parsnips, and this Sunday I didn't hang about long either. Mind you, I made good use of my time in having a good old tidy up.
I took a huge bag of office shredding to empty into the compost daleks, then filled it up again to take away any broken coloured balls (they sort I use as cane toppers); a couple of split milk containers that have had comfrey tea in them; and miscellaneous litter that I seem to have accumulated on the plot.
I want to dismantle the existing two pallet compost bins which are just a badly constructed hazard and so I trotted back and forth to the car to load up with three small pallets, a roll of chicken wire which must have walked onto the plot as I didn't damn well put it there and I can do without; ditto a huge sheet or corrugated plastic sheeting which is just in the bloody way.
It's a start, and it made a load ready for the tip, but before I set off up there, I popped into the Clubhouse for a warm up, a swift half and a chat. We're really lucky to have the clubhouse on site - and not just for the nice loos - the bar sells incredibly well kept beer at fabulously low prices.
Treasurer Mike has recently been encouraging the plot holders to make more use of the Clubhouse - use it or lose it and all that - and pointed out in recent email that only about a third of the plotholders are club members.
I tapped my membership card smugly at this - I think that it should be compulsory for all plotholders to be members; after all we all have the benefit of the facility. However, closer examination of my membership card reveals that membership is renewed annually and, on that basis, I have not technically been a member since August 2010. Ah.
I took a renewal form with me from the clubhouse to fill in and return next weekend with my £13 - it's money well spent.