What to do when the allotment is frozen

Well I suppose sensible people stay home. You can’t dig, you can’t plant, there’s nothing to water (and the water’s frozen anyway) and almost nothing to pick.

We decided that as the pile of wood on plot 103 is higher than my head and only just below OH’s six foot three, we needed to have a bonfire. You’d have thought it was quite easy to take a photograph of a bonfire, wouldn’t you? Well it was so grey yesterday that a photograph without the flash just came out as a dim blur.

Before we lit the fire we found another pot of voodoo - sometimes I wonder about the person who had this plot before me, particularly as a passing neighbour made the situation even more mysterious: I'd assumed these odd little collections of childhood memorabilia and associated tat were the work of a young person growing up, or a rather nasty little boy annoying his sister, but it turns out that the former plot-holder didn't have children, or if he did, they didn't visit the plot, which makes this kind of thing truly bizarre.

On the other hand, there was quite a bit to harvest on plot 201: Brussels sprouts, kale, the first of the early purple sprouting broccoli and a winter radish. There wasn’t a hope of getting a parsnip out of the ground, much as I wanted some for spicy parsnip soup. And we were the last people to leave the site, in horrible proper darkness, with only the little circles of our torches to guide us to the van.

At least we don’t have snow … yet.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, November 29, 2010


Anonymous Damo said...

A very strange collection! Good on you for getting out there, I stayed indoors, far too cold!

November 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Funny how our perspectives are different. We were so pleased to see the snow here in Latvia even if it is only about 4 inches or so as that means our plants have a blanket of snow, the roads are now much smoother and now we have the intense cold to thankfully freeze the ground. If we weren't going away it would be perfect for getting on with work in the forest as the frozen ground means it is possible to get in there with equipment without being showered with water. Life is much more pleasant at -10C (and at the moment that is warm) than +3C and damp and miserable.

November 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

You can have our snow...it's very cold and whits here and when I visited the plot the other day I couldn't get access to the greenhouse or the shed as they were totally frozen shut!!

November 30, 2010 at 6:07 AM  
Anonymous allotment blogger said...

Yes, Damo, strange indeed!

Joanna, that's fascinating, especially as we now have snow too. It does seem warmer than it did.

Tanya - we've caught up with you. Can't even get to allotments, road too icy!

December 3, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

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