The best laid plans….

4 Apr

Today was meant to be a day for sorting out the allotment  and making it tot proof for when spring finally arrives. But the best laid plans as they say aft gan a gley. I blame this sudden quoting of Robbie Burns on spending the last week with my favourite Scotsman, my hubby and co allotment conspirator. This is actually meant to be a joint blog but so far he has remained the silent partner in this venture even though he does do a lot of digging, fetching and carrying, I think he prefers not to talk about it!

Today my mum has taken the kids for a fun filled Nana day – much artwork and pampering will lie in store for them with the added bonus (for us and them) of a sleepover. We have 24 hours sans children we whooped this morning and how did we really want to spend this bit of precious freedom? By sorting out the plot. Honestly. That was what we thought would be a great way to spend a day.

The weather conspired against us though. When I saw the snow falling this morning my first thought was reschedule but at 9.30am it was already too late. Oh well said my mum as she whisked the kids off, you could always just have a day off. We both looked at each other aghast, wondering who would crack first.

Ken stuck the kettle on, I started wracking my brain for indoor jobs. Soon all the crappy jobs I had been avoiding by being so in love with the allotment, came flooding into my brain. Where to start? Clean the mould off the bathroom ceiling or repaint the wall where my son eats his dinner and has turned from magnolia to a fetching shade of gravy brown. Oh and don’t forget there’s also the loft insulation to trim. No wonder I wanted to escape to the great outdoors. By lunchtime there were no more indoor jobs to do that did not require a trip to B&Qs.

after dutch hoeing

Bed number one after being Dutch hoe’d

‘Can’t we just nip to the allotment?’ I asked. Ken looked at the snow, now falling quite heavily and sighed. It was bloody freezing but my tenacity was victorious. If our allotment gave out prizes for being optimistic idiots we would have won it hands down today. We lasted an hour, I learnt the beauty and simplicity of using a Dutch Hoe and Ken froze his hands off as he assembled our new potting shelf – an old shelving unit I brought from Argos twenty years ago. Proof if ever you needed it that keeping stuff in your mum’s loft for several decades pays dividends once you become an allotment keeper.

my new potting shelf

My new potting shelf!

Anyway enough of this, it’s too much like hard work. I have now defrosted and I am officially taking what’s left of my child free day off!


3 Responses to “The best laid plans….”

  1. Gill Ridgewell April 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    The tots and I have indeed had a lovely day in the warm! So pleased my years of storing your shelving were not in vain. It’s still v red isn’t it?! Xx

    • wifi allotment April 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      Yes – a welcome splash of colour amidst all that muddy brown! Your offer of half a bonus tot free day spurred Ken to get bed number 2 ready for the raised beds today!

      • Gill Ridgewell April 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

        Oh that’s good. Fingers crossed for no more snow! Xx

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