Knowing how pretty the backdrop would be, I wanted to take some outfit pictures in the bluebell woods but the weather was just so cold. Looking back, I have been in bare legs at this time in previous years but I was adamant that thermal tights and a thick jumper were a must for this time. It's not the most exciting of looks but at least I'm warm and comfortable.
Big muddy boots keep it a particularly down to Earth ensemble as we had to navigate some distinctly boggy ground. The rain from a week or so ago (and all winter) had lingered in the ground and with all the extra visitors the blooms bring in it all gets churned up in a squelchy mess. Who cares about mud-splashed tights when you get a view like this?
C has put so many hours in over winter to move a bazillion barrow-loads of muck for almost the whole plot, he's dug over lots. We've potted up hundreds of seeds in the greenhouse kept them watered, re-potted in larger pots. Weeded.
As you can see, the allotment itself is 50% stone which is a ruddy nuisance.
The time at the allotment doesn't stretch that far. It's a little disheartening when we spend so long toiling with little to show for it. As if it weren't bad enough that the intermittent rain has soaked the plot; by far, the worst thing is that the slugs have eaten the asparagus tips, the beans, the everything else.... Starting from scratch with seeds again.It's frustrating! We put in so much effort.
C has put slug repeller down and I'm hoping that solves the problem.
The re-potting process from tiny plugs into large pots was a disaster if I'm honest. The plugs mostly just crumbled into nothing and made for particularly tricky handling. Most seem to be surviving (against the odds) but in future I'll use larger pots to start with and compact the compost a little firmer.
I planted some bulbs in between the fruit trees; irises, freesias, lilies and more. Plus some cornflowers from seed.