Despite you thinking the title should read ‘Losing the plot’ this post is most definitely about gaining it.
A couple of years back we finally reached the top of the village’s allotment waiting list after a three year wait. Last year however, we had to make the decision to give it up as between my pregnancy with the twins and Mike’s job we were unable to devote as much time to it as we needed to, despite the fact that we absolutely loved it.
Then events changed, as they do. The twins were born which was expected as all good pregnancies come to an end some time. Unexpectedly though, Mike decided to finally take the plunge and become self-employed. And then we regretted giving up the plot.
Yesterday we received a letter informing us that there had been progress for a waiting list for another nearby allotment. Having been well over five years since putting our names down on it we had completely forgotten about it, and so I excitedly called the number to be asked if we were still interested.
We have gained the plot! After many years of feeling like we were losing one type we’ve gained another!
Mike and I are off to collect the keys at the weekend and we’ve already started planning. This time though, we hope to prioritise it in order to make it as productive as we possibly can. This should be easier – time-wise at least – given that we now have more flexibility between the two of us, given that we are now mainly home-based for our jobs.
The children are over the moon. It looks like the kids will be asking for gardening tools and sundries for Christmas again! There is nothing quite like digging about in mud and picking your own vegetables, gobbling tomatoes straight off the vine or peas straight from the pod… and what valuable lessons they can go back to learning there too! Hands on food production for the family! The question is, will we feast or starve?
This evening I’ll be sorting out my seed box and gardening supplies ready for the weekend and I don’t doubt that Mike will be getting the rotovator ready for action. For now though, the only bit of digging we’ll be doing at the moment is looking for our wellies. Now, where did we put them… ?