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Welcome to my blog. I write about my life with my family, renovating our cottage and trying to lead a more creative life.

My allotment

My allotment

The path between the raspberry canes.  This was so overgrown when I took the plot over the you couldn't walk through.  My son and I pretended to be the prince in Sleeping Beauty when we cut it back.

The path between the raspberry canes.  This was so overgrown when I took the plot over the you couldn't walk through.  My son and I pretended to be the prince in Sleeping Beauty when we cut it back.

I have recently taken on another allotment.  I had one a couple of years ago but gave it up when we moved.  I really started to miss it this summer as the feeling of eating your own grown veg is great.  I took over our new one on 1st of July and have enjoyed lots of berries, lettuce, radish, spinach, pak choi, rhubarb and swiss chard.  I have kept growing simple because of taking the plot over so late in the season plus we had a lot of holidays booked so I knew we would be pushed to keep on top of it.  The fruit and vegetables are so easy to grow.  The berries come back year after year with very little effort and the salad seeds were just poured straight into the ground.

The salad patch.  We have enough salad to feed us ten times over.  I've enjoyed giving lots away to family and friends.  Home grown leaves are much tastier and crisper than shop bought. 

The salad patch.  We have enough salad to feed us ten times over.  I've enjoyed giving lots away to family and friends.  Home grown leaves are much tastier and crisper than shop bought. 

The allotment has kept us fully stocked with raspberries this year.  I have made cordial, jam, cakes and smoothies with them.

The allotment has kept us fully stocked with raspberries this year.  I have made cordial, jam, cakes and smoothies with them.

My son helping to pick raspberries.  He loves coming to the allotment with me.  He spends his time digging, spotting bugs and frogs, playing with any sticks he can find and helping me.  I feel like the time we spend here together is real quality and we spent hours here over the summer holidays.  We then made cakes with the fruit we picked together.  It gives him satisfaction to be involved and I am proud that he knows so much about fruit and vegetables.

My son helping to pick raspberries.  He loves coming to the allotment with me.  He spends his time digging, spotting bugs and frogs, playing with any sticks he can find and helping me.  I feel like the time we spend here together is real quality and we spent hours here over the summer holidays.  We then made cakes with the fruit we picked together.  It gives him satisfaction to be involved and I am proud that he knows so much about fruit and vegetables.

The bees love the raspberry pollen.  It's lovely to hear their gentle buzzing above your head.

The bees love the raspberry pollen.  It's lovely to hear their gentle buzzing above your head.

Wildlife surrounds you at the allotment.  It doesn't feel like it's in the middle of a built up area. 

Wildlife surrounds you at the allotment.  It doesn't feel like it's in the middle of a built up area. 

If you have thought about taking on a plot then I would highly recommend it.  Yes it takes time and effort but the rewards are great and it's very relaxing and therapeutic.  Being a teacher is great as I can spend more time there over the holidays but if you have a partner and family that can support then this makes it much easier. 

Feeding the crafty soul:  Unit Twelve

Feeding the crafty soul: Unit Twelve

Summer Berry Cordial

Summer Berry Cordial