Occasional Articles and Allotment chat and comments.
Emergency Services called out to W B Allotments
At around 6 pm on Monday 2nd May a passenger on a passing train (off duty copper) spotted a body in orange shorts and a black top lying in the allotments with a shiny metal object in his hand. He called the emergency services who rushed to the scene.
An ambulance and two police cars arrived and started a plot by plot search for the victim.
Unable to find a body, they then approached one of the plotholders (name and plot number withheld) - in orange shorts and a black top - to begin their questioning.
Q. "Where you lying on the ground not long ago?"
Q. "And did you have a metal object in you hand?"
A. "Yes - this trowel - I was getting weeds out with it."
Q. "Are you alright?"
A. "Yes. I was just weeding - I find it more comfortable to lie down when I weed."
Case solved. Sighs of relief all round.
So it just goes to show:
- weeding might not be quite as dull as you thought;
- there are caring people passing on those trains - perhaps we should wave at them;
- the emergency services know where the allotments are and how to get to them.
On a more serious note should you, or someone you come across, need urgent attention, use your mobile 'phone, or get help from the nearest source - Stoops Court or the Social Club (staffed from 7am).
If you go to the allotments on your own always take your mobile 'phone.
Thank you to that caring person on the train for taking the trouble. Please don't let it put you off another time.
Turfs, dug, soil barrowed and road swept. Water On!
Our first working part of the year, and it was somewhat embarrasing to have more people than we had jobs to allocate.
Over 20 volunteers helped to fix sections of the bottom road. In three of the worst points, the central turf was lifted, soil removed and the turf then replaced.
A big thanks to all those who turned up, and so sorry we turned some away - next time there will be plenty of extra jobs to do...
The Water Supply Was Turned on Too
The tanks are now full of clean water, thanks to Dave for tending to the broken and weeping joints and to Norman who emptied and cleaned all the tanks in preparation.
I'm surprised it hasn't rained really.
water is metered and expensive, so please use our water carefully, and if possible collect rain water in butts.
Associate Memebers Welcome
The trading hut opened in February as usual, and within a couple of weeks it was clear that our stocks were going fast.
Thanks to the new Trading Hut Manager, who placed orders for all the items that sell well, the Trading Hut is now looking quite full.
String medium x24 pack
Canes, split green 24"
Chicken Pellet Manure
Suphate of potash
Remember that sales from the hut help to keep the rents down. Our prices are usually well below those of local garden centres and you have a lot less distance to carry it!
The trading hut is open on Sundays from 10am 'til 12 noon. At other times committee members can open up for you - though please have a cheque book handy as we don't keep cash there.
Associate Membership is for non-plot holders and entitles them to buy from the trading hut when it's open. The annual fee is £2.50 April to March, regardless of when they join.
The thirsty crow vs the frozen water
Walking down the allotments in the winter following a heavy snowfall is well worth the effort.
Not only is it so very quiet and peacful, but also allows me to see the animal track and get a better idea just how many visitors we get.
This Christmas saw quite a bit of activity - mostly fox, but there were also deer tracks, birds and (reported by one member) a rodent of some sort.
There were no rabbit tracks thank goodness!
The Thirsty Crow
It never ceases to amaze me how clever some birds are.
In amongst the snow and ice on the bottom plots, a large black crow was desperate for a drink - all the water tanks and butts were frozen over, but a empty plastic tub on one plot obviously had thinner ice than the others. I watched with amusement as the crow, using an empty yacult tub in his beak, battered the ice on the tub until it cracked. He then lifted a broken portion of the ice out and drank from the exposed water - oh for a camera!