Friday, 12 August 2011

On Not Losing the Plot

Earlier this year, I had fleeting moments when I thought I might give up the allotment. Probably not give up the whole plot, just half of it. It was a struggle balancing everything, keeping up with the work, and sometimes it all overwhelmed me.

But, as fellow plotholder Eric said in a text message this was 'not a stupid thought Tinkers effing redickerous'.

(Tinkers is my allotment name. Short for Tinkerbell. It distinguishes me from the other two Annies on our site...)

And it was a ridiculous thought, because in more difficult times, the allotment has been the one thing that's been almost certain to fix or distract me from whatever else is going on.

So, here I am on friday evening after a tough, busy, tiring week, and all I wanted to do was drive to the lot and water my tomatoes and pick some veg for tea. So, I kicked off my work shoes into the shed, slipped my wellies on and wandered around my plot seeing what was ready for picking. Plenty of courgettes, gorgeous french beans, spinach, some raspberries eaten as I picked them, a bunch of sweet peas to bob in a jam jar on my kitchen windowsill...

I watered the spring cabbage seedlings and late brocolli and chard I've not long since planted in the cold frame, and I drenched my tomatoes in the greenhouse. They are just starting to turn red and I'll be able to pick some later this weekend. I noticed my aubergine plants are just flowering... probably a little late, but it's good to see what the flowers look like. I noticed the cabbages are ready to start picking, and celery is growing strong, my brussel sprouts are the size of peas and will be ready for a lovely late autumn/winter harvest, I've got some beetroot big enough to roast, and well... I could write a long long list.

I'm giving away veg all the time. A bag of spuds, some beans, whatever is going spare. I love giving veg away, or little bunches of gorgeous flowers. Small pleasures.

Here are my latest pics...


And weather permitting, I'll be out there again tomorrow. I'm nervous about my new job starting on Monday so it will be good to ground myself by digging on what looks like it might be a drizzly damp weekend.

What else? I'm still letting go about a hundred times a day. I'm listening to this amazing man (my dad had one of his albums on vinyl when we were kids and I've just rediscovered him). I'm watching Mad Men Season 4 and very addicted. I'm loving my beautiful Sissycat who is especially affectionate at the moment (not right at this moment, hissing and scratching at another cat through the window). I'm writing a little, editing a short story which will hopefully soon be published in an anthology. I'm celebrating that I've put on a pound for the first time in ten months (those who know how upset I've been at losing so much weight will know how pleased this makes me). I'm curling up on the settee tonight in my little black dress and fluffy slippers with the TV, some Finnish DVDs and lots of nibbles. And I'm smiling, because despite having a tough month, I'm doing OK...


4 comments:

sonia said...

I can so relate to the bit about considering giving up part of the plot. I've been there too but the peace I get when I go there has stopped me. You doing great at a time of changes.

Megan said...

Doing great Annie! Just look how you're blossoming ;)
And Mad Men, I find, can get you through anything xx

annie clarkson said...

thanks sonia, and megan... Xx

Anonymous said...

Im not mad! slightly pixilateded perhaps.