Cloud with a silver lining – mishaps and new finds

On Thursday morning, I rushed outside before work to bring in anything that might get blown away by the 80-mile an hour gale. It never occurred to me that I might come home in the evening to an altogether different issue!

One of the fence panels had in fact broken and come out of its posts. It was a bit of a shock to see the wood laying splintered on my neighbour’s patio and I didn’t relish the expense of getting another panel to replace it.

However, my neighbour said she would pay half the cost of the replacement and when I looked online I was pleased to see it was going to cost only a little money anyway. Then I realised this mishap was actually a blessing in disguise….. My allotment needs a compost heap. I had thought about acquiring some wood to make one rather than buying one which, in my experience, was less than satisfactory. So, bingo, here was the solution, currently propped up against the wendy house.


I haven’t had time today to get the saw out, so it will probably be next weekend now before I can get the wood in the car and get my view back at home. Still, I am not producing the kind of material at the allotment which I would be willing to put on the heap just yet. Couch grass and dandelions would need far more heat than a compost heap the size mine is likely to be could generate.

At the same time, I have come home with another two and a half kilos of potatoes this afternoon. And I have met more of the other tenants at the allotment. Some of them have been around since this allotment was re-opened three years ago and they were able to tell me some of the history of my plot.

In a nutshell, there have been chemicals sprayed on the plot. However, they do not appear to have been particularly effective as far as I can see, considering how big the dandelion roots I’ve been digging out are. Fortunately, that also means the rhubarb roots I had pointed out to me might also be good croppers next year. Better get back to the plot with some stable manure then 😉

© Helen Butt, December 2013

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Cloud with a silver lining – mishaps and new finds

  1. Marcella Rousseau says:

    You think like I do! I re-purpose everything I can. It’s amazing what you can do if you just think about it! Wish I had a neighbor as nice as your though – my neighbors wouldn’t contribute to any of my fencing problems (some of which they caused!). In fact, one of them stole the nice rock I had propping up my front fence after the last wind blast!

    • Yes, I am lucky to have such good neighbours (on both sides). How awful that yours took that rock!!!

      • Marcella Rousseau says:

        I couldn’t believe the rock was taken. It was no ordinary rock. It had pretty colors (salmon swirls) that go with my house! Whoever landscaped my house strategically placed various nice rocks around the plants and yard. You are lucky to have good neighbors! Very lucky!

        • Goodness only knows why people do these things!
          Best wishes for 2014 anyway and hopefully it will be incident-free 🙂

          • Marcella Rousseau says:

            Guess what? The rock was there today! I don’t know if it was put back or if I just didn’t see it before. I checked twice before today and didn’t see it. Am I losing my mind? LOL! Today was a very bright sunny day. We’ve been having very gray, cloudy days so it could be that I just didn’t see it, but wow, I’d hate to think that was the case. Anyway, it’s back! Merry Christmas to me!

          • A great Christmas present! Glad you have your rock (back)…

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