Today was sublimely gorgeous. More than a little chilly in the shade but the sunshine was really warm and the sky was as blue as blue can be. So I did what any sensible person would do and spent an hour down at the allotment.
Our allotment steward sends out a monthly email newsletter and March's edition arrived yesterday. It seems, rather sadly, that the local yoof have been entering the site in the wee hours and doing whatever it is you would do at that time in the pitch black in the middle of winter (or, rather, early Spring). The newsletter said some plots had been damaged so I thought I might as well trot along and just see if everything was hunky dory.
I was the only person there and the chickens were very excited to see me - they all rushed up to the fence of their enclosure in a great clucking flurry (be careful how you say that....) and I was rather saddened to have to tell them that I couldn't do anything for them. They watched me with their accusatory beady eyes as I passed by and then they scuttled off when they realised I wasn't going to give them any food. Rather excitingly, it seems that because the chicken project has gone so well, there's talk of having pigs on site now as well!!
There has been a lot of activity at the site over the last few weeks. The newbies have got all enthusiastic and come and dug everything over, and it all looks well-worked and anticipatory. I couldn't see any obvious damage to anyone's plot and I was relieved, but not too surprised, to see that mine was untouched. I don't have a padlock on my shed so that no-one has to break anything to get into it to see there's nothing to nick from it anyway. I keep all my 'good' stuff (petrol-strimmer and petrol) at home and bring it when I need it.
Everything is still mostly dormant but there are some signs of emergence - my cherry tree has new buds on it:
Cherry Tree buds (it's a bit out of focus but I was having a few problems with the camera this morning - or it might have been my eyes!)
And as I was wandering around the site, I spotted this emerging rhubarb which looked like a heart:
The black weed suppressant fabric that I use a lot of had been blown around a bit so that took some straightening out and pinning down, and then I decided to tackle the Moving Of The Dalek.
That was about it down there for today. I was out in the brilliant sunshine and sharp, fresh air for an hour and it felt fabulous. More seeds got sown at home later on in the afternoon but before I left, I decided I had to take a picture of this particularly atmospheric shed on the site: