Sunday, 15 July 2012

A fabulous sunny day (am I dreaming?)

 Well am I dreaming indeed,
the weather has been rather damp, and that's an understatement as many around the country can confirm. But today the sun shone and on such an important day too, (more on that below). But luckily we managed to get plenty of weeding & harvesting done. The crops harvested this week are too many to mention, but we have eaten well again this week. 

Whilst on the subject of weather it has certainly helped to speed the maturity of the 'Rocket' Potatoes I planted back in March, sadly affected by the frost soon after, that stunted their growth. 
All the rain has swelled the tubers and as the foliage had died off I did a test dig, what a surprise, they are bigger than the Charlotte Spuds (2nd early) I have been harvesting for a month now. 
You can also see about half a pound of Raspberries, just a small quantity from the 9lb 8oz harvested so far, we have also harvested 6lb 12oz of Strawberries to date and a few Blackberries, Tayberries  & Loganberries (about 1lb in total).
As I said the sun came out at the right time our Allotment Association had its open day today, lots of visitors came to see our plots, our Chickens & purchase Plants, Produce, Books & Bric-a-Brac too, I think everyone had a fab day and loved the plots walkabout. We had live music from talented musicians on Bongo's and Guitar, the Scouts put on A Hot Dog feast which is always popular, the Scouts have a plot on our Allotment site, so are happy to be involved in the Family Open Day, as we all are.
We always try to organise an activity for the kids visiting, so this year we did Windsocks from Recycled materials.
1st: Cut the top & bottom off a 2ltr pop bottle.
2nd: Punch 3 holes at one end of the plastic tube and 6 holes at the other end.
3rd: Cut 1" (25mm) wide strips from old Carrier Bags, from as many coloured bags as you can find, tie a strip to each of the 6 holes.
4th: Cut 3 lengths of string about 18" (45cm) and tie each one onto the 3 hole end of the tube, then knot the loose ends together around a stick or cane. That's it finished. 
The kids loved making these and ran around the field testing them.

Thanks for reading/returning.


  1. Thanks for sharing, the wind socks are a super idea and so easy to make. hey! lucky you, glad the weather was kind to you and it made your day so great.x

  2. really a good marketing plan... having an open day for allotments!