May. 26th, 2007 10:26 pm
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To the soil-based fun of the allotment! It was meant to rain today, but hurray, my naked anti-rain dance on Byres Rd at 1pm (you missed it?!) meant that it stayed dry nearly all the time, so we could work hard up there. There are now things in the ground all over the place. The digging, the worms, the mounds of earth, the manure, the smells, the wasps, seeds! So many different seeds. Borage seeds look like alien pods. Gooseberries are now growing on the bush, we made a big strawberry cage, the fennel's all joyous and huge and green and there's brand new horseradish (a bit like an overexcited dockleaf) after me thinking it had disappeared; borage and St John's wort and hyssop, so much hyssop, the borlottis and the peas and the potatoes sprouting, every single seed potato I put in gladly on a bed of manure is up; big thick treetrunk stems of garlic that throw off a whiff whenever you touch them, big asparagus trees, carrots spiking out of the bath to keep the fly away; courgettes, pumpkins and squashes with big hands outstretched. Marvellous, lovely, wonderful. I can't express how much I love it.

I love being an old man.

Date: 2007-05-27 12:17 am (UTC)
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Could ya possibly fly back here and do the naked rain dance for me? It's freakin hot and humid!

Date: 2007-05-27 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, lovely! This is my favourite post for ages!!

Date: 2007-05-27 10:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
my naked anti-rain dance on Byres Rd at 1pm

many thanks, it stayed off for my birthday bbq!


Date: 2007-05-27 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That looks like heaven!

Date: 2007-05-27 07:41 pm (UTC)
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It is, it is! Even in the horrible pissing rain, it's just wet heaven. I love it.

Date: 2007-05-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yay yay yay! it all looks and sounds great! see, this is just one of the reasons I like you.

You would love the people who I rent the cottage from - the place where I stayed last week. They are seriously going for self-sufficiency and they have raised beds and a fruitcage filled to bursting with wonderful fresh looking things in a dedicated plot. They have honey bees living in an old tree at the end of the garden so they're going mad on all the flowers, and last year they also put in a pond which is teeming with tadpoles with any luck they'll have a plague of frogs to keep the slugs at bay as well. They're good people. : )

Date: 2007-05-27 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw. They do sound good. I was thinking yesterday about how hard it would be to keep bees, and what you'd need to do to find out. Tadpoles are looking amazing at the moment in my little pond, and are leggy! I squealed like a 5-yr-old-girl when I saw they had legs! I'm even more excited about the plot this year than I was last year. And I'm so relieved the horseradish came back.

Date: 2007-05-27 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I believe horseradish can be a real thug and is near on impossible to kill, so I think you'll have no worries there. : )

Leggy tadpoles! The ones in Dentdale weren't that far on. Cool. The people who own the cottage actually used to keep bees when they lived elsewhere - they're hoping that the bees living in the tree might swarm and take up residency in the one hive they broguht with them and put up in the garden. Maybe I could ask them if they know any good websites you could refer to...?

Date: 2007-05-27 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Please do! That would be good. And yes, I'd heard that about horseradish but wondered if I'd managed to perform the miraculous feat of killing it - nope, is the answer. I'm gagging to get back up there tomorrow, there's so much to do!


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