… set to a possibly recognisable tune (if you’re over 30).
Well, that’s pretty much that. Another year in the bag. Another geriatric notch on my sword.
I’ll keep on going with the help of the two great axioms that sustain me in hard times:
• When one door closes, another slams in your face
• Cheer up – it could be worse. And it soon will be
Posted on 26th December 2008
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Looking pretty shabby now, but I’m still eating them. Just enough carrots left for Christmas day, with a bit of luck.
I also have BUCKETS of Jerusalem artichokes. Managed to shift some on to another unsuspecting relative, but I’m running out of outlets. The word is out: death by flatulence isn’t attractive, even when I’m giving them away.
Guess even the free things in life can sometimes be too expensive.
Posted on 22nd December 2008
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It’s almost looking shipshape now. Give me a few fine days over Christmas and I’ll be fully set for 2009.
I have a feeling the new year will be a good one. For gardening, if not for economics. We’ve had two stinkers in succession in the UK, so we must be about due a good summer. Surely?
Posted on 18th December 2008
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We got about 2 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. It’s lowered my morale, but raised the level in my summer water butt.
And of course, there’s Christmas to look forward to.
If there’s one thing worse than freezing cold, pissing rain, the credit crunch, the currency crash, inflation and deflation, it’s Christmas.
Message to Santa: Come down my chimney this Christmas and I’ll shoot your fat, red arse.
Posted on 14th December 2008
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It’s been a week since I last posted. So you’d expect me to have been busy at the allotment, not photographing Hippeastra.
There’s tons to do there, after all; digging, weeding, manuring – even a bit of harvesting (parsnips, carrots and Jerusalem artichokes).
Sadly, though, I’ve done bugger-all. It’s not because I’ve been busy… although I have. Truth is, I’ve been too bloody lazy. The weather’s been so fiendishly cold that all I’ve wanted to do is eat and sleep.
There’s something about scraping ice off your car in the morning that puts you in a dim frame of mind for outdoor activities. It’s weather for eskimos, not gardeners.
Posted on 13th December 2008
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The recent frosty mornings have been so beautiful.
I’m lucky enough to drive through Bushey Park in south west London on my journey to work. So I see deer every day. When it’s frosty, the statue in this circular lake is swathed in steamy clouds of blue-grey water vapour.
Wish I could take better photographs.
Posted on 5th December 2008
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One of the new plot-holders has realised that the brambles will be back if the earth isn’t covered. Which is encouraging; perhaps (s)he knows a bit about gardening.
But it’s still the only plot that’s been marked out so far. And the only one to see a spade turned in anger.
Perhaps I should apply for another half plot? After all, the hours between midnight and 7am are under-used in my regular schedule.
And what with my cholesterol and fatty liver, I could do with the exercise.
Posted on 3rd December 2008
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Finally got out on the allotment today. So at last I have something to blog about.
I aim to have all the manuring, clearing and digging finished by Christmas. That’s what a target is for; you know you’ll miss it, but it helps you point in the right direction.
So I’ll probably be roughly on schedule next season. In other words, doing the last frantic digging in early March.
Posted on 1st December 2008
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