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Right. Thats it. I’m done.

No, really.  I mean it.

I am now officially sick to death of lopping 6 feet off privet hedges.

But more of that later…

I was the first to arrive at The Plots this morning, so wasted no time in feeding the ‘Honorary Vice ChairCat’ Mitzi-Moos.Once there were three beds, now there is one!

After a little fuss and quick catch-up (…Well, she is HVC, after all.  She needs to be kept in the loop…), I went down to the bottom plot -The Demonstration Plot- and had a look at ‘the boys’ + Diane’s terrific work yesterday.

Yes, this shot up to the right is the same piece of land as I took the photo of yesterday.  This is after Gary, Shaun, Patrick, Derek and of course Diane, have worked their magic on it.Another potato bed, ready to be planted.  Nearly.

To the left here is the front bed of the same plot I mentioned yesterday.  The guys have taken out all the bindweed, rubbish and general detritus to leave it nearly ready for planting up this week.

After feeding and chatting with Mitzi, I plodded my weary way down to my plot.  Weary, because I seem to have been cutting hedges for at least two lifetimes, possibly three.  For my past sins, no doubt.

Still, as soon as I unlocked my gate, I felt the now-familiar ‘lifting of spirits’.  I felt ‘back home’ on my plot.  A great feeling.

Even the sight of the last of the hedging couldn’t dampen my spirits.  I was on the home run.  Soooo nearly finished!An hour or so into it this morning.

To the right here is the hedge after about an hour’s lopping.  I was starting to see my next door neighbour’s plot for the first time, and I was anxious to see just what lay at the end of my hedge.  Would there be a pot of gold?

Possibly not, but it would be fun finding out!

By this time, Diane, Shaun and Matt had arrived, so after a very quick cup of tea, I went down to carry on.

Wassat in the corner?And very quickly discovered my ‘pot of gold’.  An Anderson Shelter that was obviously put up before the last war.

The steel of the roof and walls is still secure, and there’s even an old chimney in place.  Unfortunately, the wood burning stove from beneath it is long gone, but that won’t stop me ‘acquiring’ something to go in it’s place.

Pretty soon it was lunchtime, so I wandered up the lane to see the guys.

As we were waiting for the kettle to boil, a bee landed on the table in front of us.One of 'our' bees, laden with pollen.

Notice it’s back legs with it’s pollen sacs full?  At first we couldn’t work out where this dark pollen had come from, but on later thinking about it, my betting is that it had been down to my plot and plundered the berberis next to the small greenhouse!

Early afternoon saw the arrival of my next door neighbour, Jim.  He’s fighting like mad with his plot next door.  He’s already cleared most of it and is starting the digging that you always have to do on a new plot.  Still, he’s going down to Wilko’s this week to buy some onion sets and seed potatoes to put in, so at least he’ll be able to see as he’s going that there’s already stuff in the ground, growing.

At three o’clock we broke for tea and went up to see the guys busy at work on the LEAF Plots.

During tea, Jim gratefully accepted some rhubarb with the intention of ‘persuading’ his teenage daughters to make the family a crumble.  We’ll hopefully get a report of how it all went next weekend when he’s back down!

All too soon, it was time to go, but as I left my plot, I couldn’t help but take a quick, proud shot of all my work.

As I left this afternoon.All the greenery you can see in this shot to the left is stuff I’ve already cut down!  Next time I’m down, I’ll clear it all up and probably have a fire -if the wind’s in the right direction!

Matt left at much the same time as me, but Diane and Shaun were still hard at it working on the potato bed by the fence.

It was looking pretty good, and next time I’m down I’ll get some more shots of it.

I won’t be down tomorrow, but Tuesday -if the weather holds- I’ll be back ready for more work.

This time, with no hedge cutting.

Hooray for that!

SUNSHINE! #2

Obviously, its not only the second sunny morning of the year, but after all the grey, rainy and cold mornings of late, it appears that way.

A little later, I’ll be heading over to Area 34 -its far too nice to be stuck in front of my computer all day.

And what will I be doing?

…Why, cutting back the hedge, of course!

I have been doing this since before I was born, or so it feels.

Why stop just when I’m starting to hate it?

(…Sorry to be so negative here, but the coffee has yet to kick in…)

Its all coming up!

Unfortunately, this last week I’ve been unavoidably busy doing other, much less interesting stuff, so haven’t been able to get down to Plot 34.

So today was my first visit in exactly a week, and my how stuff had shot up out of the ground in my absence!'Peapple' Blossom

To the right here you can see the peapple tree in full blossom.  Never heard of a ‘peapple’?  Its when you don’t know quite what the tree is.  A pear, or an apple?  In a couple of months, we’ll find out!  ‘Til then, it’ll be both.

Then again, looking at the blossom in LEAF’s fruit orchard in comparison, it could even be a plum?

Okay.  A ‘peapplum’ it is then.

Nearby, all the onions we’ve planted are starting to show their heads.An onion, jumping for the sky.  As I recall, there are one variety of red that I planted with two varieties of white that Ian whacked in.

When I first officially signed my name up for this Plot, Diane bought me a ‘welcome!’ present of loads of different stuff, amongst it all some gladioli bulbs.  Within a few days of starting, I’d whacked the majority of them in, and today for the first time, I saw some of them coming through.Gladioli.

Here is one to the right.

I’d already put canes in the ground all around them so I didn’t inadvertently tread on them, and today I was proved right!

In the greenhouse itself where other signs of ‘awakening for spring’.  Ian had planted a tray of a few white cabbages a couple of weeks ago, and today I saw them for the first time.

White cabbage seedlings.In a couple of weeks time, we’ll plant another batch in the same manner.  Then a few weeks more, and do the same again.  This will mean that we have a regular supply of cabbages rather than a ‘glut’ where we eat nothing but cabbage for a month or two.  Still, I’m sure it would do wonders for our digestion and lower bowels, but probably not much if we wanted, say, close friends…

I also checked out the ‘Mixed Runner Beans’ that I’d got from the seed swap a few weeks ago from ‘Top Chef Matt’ of LEAF.One of Matt's 'mixed runner beans' starting off.

Ian had planted these a couple of weeks ago, and to the right you can see the first one making a showing.

We don’t know exactly which variety these beans will be (…hence the ‘mixed’ label…), but it’ll be great fun finding out!

And so, after my tour around, I started work.  And my task for today?  Yep, you guessed it.  More hedge cutting!

Today I was working on the opposite side to last week -the side nearest the gate.More hedge cutting!

I remember when I first borrowed the loppers from Diane all those weeks ago.  I immediately cut around the gate so it would actually open properly.

Well, here you can just see the edge of the gate about half way through today, and As you can see, I’d managed about six feet of it by lunchtime.

“Aaargh!  Don’t mess about!  Use Diane’s petrol hedge cutters on it!” Someone shouts.

I’d love to use her super-duper petrol cutters on this, but as some of the branches are a couple of inches in diameter, I think even they would baulk at cutting them.  Anyway, I’ve only just repaired them, thank you.  (…This was after the alleged ‘professional’ repair guys said they were beyond repair…)The view from the gate as I left today.

No, it was all by hand using Diane’s big loppers or the hedge cutters that Ian brought down.

To the right here is the view from the gate as I left tonight.  Note that there’s a massive tree in someone’s garden beyond this hedge, so its not quite as high as it may seem.  Still high enough, though.

Ian meanwhile has been taking my hedge cuttings and trimming them all down using an axe to make pea sticks to grow our peas up in just a few weeks time.  We should have absolutely loads spare, so of course the surplus will be offered to the rest of the site.

Last week's hedge on the other side.Just as we left for the afternoon, I turned my camera in the other direction to the hedge I’d finished last week.

And left with a smile on my face!

At the start of a couple of weeks ago, you couldn’t have seen anything beyond all the foliage; now you can see other plots, and back in the distance, houses.

Tomorrow, I have a little business to attend to, but it shouldn’t stop me coming down for about 10.00 to carry on.  Ian, meanwhile, has said he’s hoping for some rain tomorrow.  This will prevent locals from hanging their washing out, so he can light a fire and burn some of the cuttings and trimmings that are very quickly threatening to overwhelm us.

Anyway, we’re boys.  We should be allowed to light fires.  It’s in our genes.

 


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