Rhubarb!

I’ve mentioned Dave and Dougie in earlier posts.  Between them they operate, probably two and a half plots – their own plots, which are next to one another plus some other part plots that are adjacent.

I recall mentioning, in passing, to an neighbouring allotment holder a few weeks ago that I had visited their plots and he commented, “its an education isn’t it?”  That’s probably an understatement.  Dougie is, I understand, a retired market gardener and when I first met Dave, he commented, “Dougie’s the brains and I’m the brawn”.  Almost certainly that’s  a simplification, but whenever I chat with them and spend time looking at their plot(s) I’m absolutely fascinated.

Oh, and what about the rhubarb?  On my last visit, Dave very kindly gave me a bundle of rhubarb………….absolutely delicious!

Dave
Dave
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Dougie
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Peach
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Grapes
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Sowing Parsnips
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Apricots

A Place To Sit

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and, indeed, my last visit to the allotments.  Other  “stuff” seems to have taken over and so I have little time to shoot new images.  However, I hope to get down there in the morning and I’m expecting to see lots of changes since my last visit!

Last time I visited, I was struck by all the chairs, benches and other seats dotted around the allotments, just waiting for good weather and their respective allotment holders to come along and use them after a hard days work on their plot!

Here’s a small selection:

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Hidden Corners

During my last visit to the allotments, I was invited to spend some time on Dave and Dougie’s plot.

The light was very contrasty, so my picture making efforts were a bit limited.  Despite this, I had to take the opportunity to photograph the apricot blossom as this will almost certainly have gone by the time of my next visit.  I’ve also included a shot of leaves from the kiwi fruit.

The other images in this set are of odds and ends in Dave and Dougie’s shed and greenhouses.  I’m very grateful to them for allowing me this opportunity, which I hope I can repeat as the season progresses – all being well in much easier lighting conditions!

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Some From Easter Monday

I made my second visit to the allotments on Easter Monday. As it was a holiday, there were plenty of folk around and I spent much of my time chatting to various people, introducing myself and explaining what I was up to. In all I spoke to around a dozen different people, so photography took a bit of a back seat. That said, I did make a few images – here are five of them:

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A Little Bit Of Detail

For my final set of images from my first visit to the allotments, I thought that I’d post a collection of pictures of small details that caught my eye during my initial wanderings.  I especially like these images because, in some ways they say more about allotment life than the wider scenes and I imagine that I’ll be adding many more like this as the project develops.

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