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...........

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Step Forward - but an Invisible One

There is a big list of jobs to to be done at the Hill - all clamoring for attention!  The main jobs are to plant out both the brassicas and the dwarf and climbing beans.

Of course in order to plant out the brassicas, I need to scythe down the weeds on the end beds, and these will have to be bagged and taken to the green recycling at the tip as my compost bins are full full full.

In order to plant out the beans, I need to erect the bean frame; which - in turn - requires the cordless screwdriver, which is no longer working (won't hold it's charge - can't moan, had it for years, but the mind-boggling array of replacements available in Argos mean I have to do some research not just plunge in).

I think that Jayne has a phrase for this phenomenon - 'dependencies'.

So today I tackled some Extreme Weeding, and now the back of the car is stuffed full of bags to take to the tip in the morning. The brassica beds are 'better', as opposed to 'good'.

I then spent half an hour with the lumphammer and vampire-slaying stakes beefing up the sides of some of the beds - another task which is overdue.  I would have screwed the posts to the planks, of course, but the cordless is no longer working etc etc etc.

Progress of sorts.


  1. Buy a replacement battery rather than a whole new drill?

  2. Thanks for your comment, JPG. I did wonder about that, but suspect that replacement battery (inc. delivery) might not be much cheaper than a new drill/driver. It was a budget buy about 20 years ago, but has been enough for occasional DIY jobs over the years, so doesn't owe me anything.

    I am the planet's meanest person, though, so I will look further into this before letting the moths loose out my purse!

  3. Oh you have made me chuckle, thank you :). There I am, reading away at your 2nd and 3rd paragraphs and you can guess what word was going through my mind ... and then I find I'm getting the blame anyway!!

    Good luck with your replacement drill. Recently bought one of these to make winding the caravan steadies easier on my shoulders and it keeps finding its way out of the 'caravan box'and into the garden, am most impressed with it but it's NOT huge and heavy duty but as a result easier to use than the big, heavy Makita one. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01I2XDICS

    1. I'll pop a post up about the replacement, but can I just say thank you for taking the time to make the recommendation. :-) xx


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