Laughter behind the Garden Shed.

Gardening holds rich rewards as we know, and we also know it requires effort and putting in the time or nature soon takes control and your allotment will revert back to the field it once was..

Remember this

This piece is where we had the butternut Squash last year.. The water system πŸ™‚ , still in place.. And has still to be cleared and sorted.. And that rickety old shed is still standing despite the high winds.. but this summer it will definitely come down..

And yes.. I did dig all that piece myself.. Hubby snook up and shouted as I looked up.. He snapped it .. πŸ˜‰ Β So no laughing. πŸ˜‰Β 

Spring time is when many take on new plots but for many new allotmenteers Β they can Β be put off with the prospect of digging their first ploughed furrow which when a plot has been neglected for years looks like a field..

So our Allotments offer to plough it up for them. Β But once ploughed it requires tender loving care.. And years of getting all the twitch that is the grass and bind-weed out. Β As well as horse-tail Β which roots break which create more to grow. And you will never get rid of the billions of seeds you unearth each time you dig it afresh… So you have to keep on top of things. Because Mother Nature Gives, but she soon reclaims what is hers.. πŸ˜‰Β 

The green house was cleaned and my husband put the grow bags in and filled up the pots with more compost. securing the canes in readiness for the tomatoesΒ 

This is the greenhouse in the allotments.. my hubby got them all ready over the Easter weekend and now the tomatoes are in..Photos next time of them growing..
You can see the Leeks and the rainbow chard in the corner.. Still waiting to go into the cold frame..

Remember the holes that were limed for the cabbages. Well now the cabbages are in.. They are covered up as we have a lot of wood-pigeon who just love young cabbage leaves..Β 

Planting cabbages

Hubby planting out cabbages in those limed holes of the other week. They are watered in and then covered.. He will heal them in firmer in a few weeks once the roots get a firmer grip.. This helps get a tighter cabbage or sprout..

Here you can see the Pea rows.. A few misses which I put more seeds into and watered.. And that kneeler is a blessing. to my knees..Β 

These are our apple trees.. I forget which is the eater and cooker.. We only got the 5 apples on one last year… So looking forward this year to trying both.
Below you can see the Gladioli Β small corms I left in from two years ago now sprouting.. Hopefully they may flower this year.

Here our apple trees a cooker and an eater have more blossom this year

Close view of apple blossoms..



Β These seeds were taken out of the pumpkin we used for Halloween.. I dried around 20 of them.. We set 6 and all have germinated

Now I am usually the one behind the camera and its a rarity that my hubby likes to get in front of the camera. Β But when I suggested a selfie of the both of us he happily agreed. So I set the camera up on the Β horizontol trellis of the Loganberry fruit bushes

In the foreground are the Autumn fruiting Raspberries and the tall Blue berries, .. The loganberries are on the framework and behind those are the raspberry canes that fruit early summer.

Β And below is the sequence of Β takes.. These were taken in early morning and I had my Woolley hat on as it had been frosty early morning.. And was blowing a cool wind. Β 

The camera had a 10 Second timer.. So I had to run..Β 

Now this is a shot I was trying with the timer on my small hand-held digital camera. Its timer is for 10 seconds.. ( I was supposed to be in the shot. ) I didn’t run fast enoughΒ 

Second attempt.. Hubby was laughing counting down from 10 to Zero.. I nearly made it.. as he passed me my cuppa..

Third time Lucky.. Only Just.

Yayyyyyyy……. Lots of laughs… I ran at super speed around the loganberry bushes to sit down looking all relaxed…
πŸ™‚ Lots of laughter and Fun with this Selfie..


Cheers! And Happy Gardening! Until next time.Β 



87 thoughts on “Laughter behind the Garden Shed.

  1. It’s so fun and exciting to watch the progress of your work Sue. Your garden is try magical. It’s a so derail feeling to see the fruition of so much hard work. Bless you sweet lady! ❀


  2. Aw, it looks like you had a wonderful time! We too saved the pumpkin seeds from Halloween as my son is determined to grow his own this year. They’ve germinated well so far so we’ve got fingers crossed that we’ll get some.


    • Thank you Mrs C… Yes we were surprised ALL germinated.. waste not want not is our motto… πŸ™‚ I wish your own Pumpkins well Mrs C.. And thank you.. Lovely to see you on the Plot.. πŸ™‚


  3. I know how much work you put into your allotment and it is admirable. Digging and weeding takes up most of the time. Some people thinks it is easy to recreate my gardens and when they start they abandon their projects. You are right you have to keep on top of things. Good work


    • Its hard work but keeping on top of it makes it easier but there are hours spent here to keep it looking at it is.. I took a photo today of one plot that has been vacant in just under a year.. I will post it and show it reverted back in my next post.. πŸ™‚


  4. Thanks for the laughs and inspiration, Sue πŸ™‚ Humor mixes well with Mother Nature, as I do believe she enjoys a good chuckle. A visit to your garden always cheers me up. Thank you, sweet friend πŸ’š


  5. Brilliant Sue; the soil there looks absolutely wonderful, and it’s lovely to see you and hubby together out there on the allotment β€” your smiles are as radiant as the apple blossom. πŸ™‚


  6. What a wonderful space you have there, Sue! I love seeing all the photos and hearing about your processes! (I hadn’t heard of liming the holes for cabbages!) How awesome this is going to look when everything is in full growth mode!

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    • Thanks Jane.. Yes when it gets growing its pretty awesome.. And glad you learnt something new about Liming, more info about it can be found on the previous post I think.. :-)… So happy you enjoyed.. Big Hugs xxx ❀


  7. So much fun! I’ve not seen that set-up for tomatoes before, either. I admire your organization. I’m a very hodge podge cottage gardener at the moment, but our new place will have long rows of new raised beds and then I’ll need to sneak in the edibles into the existing flowering beds. I always used to resist neat rows, but your blog is warming me up to better organization and efficiency. It still looks fun — happy to see you laughing. πŸ™‚ ❀


  8. I love reading garden posts like this. Full of fun, productivity and action towards the harvest in the future. That’s what it’s all about. Enriching your life with your choices rather than making poor life choices that will come back to bite you. We share a common love of gardening and funny photo moments Sue. I filmed Earl on the table the other day. The little bugger hopped onto Steve’s chair when he vacated it (almost immediately) and straight up onto the table whereby he sniffed all of my seeds that I collected and am drying out to save (and found them wanting I might add), wandered around and checked out all of our mugs and plates to see if there was anything worth eating (again, nothing in his honest opinion) and then realised that he was going to have to lay the jam on pretty thickly with ‘ma’ as she was watching his progression across the kitchen table with ‘that’ look in her eye so he walked over to where I was filming and mugged at the camera. We put it on Youtube and he is as proud as punch to be on the table and now famous. He wants his bone privileges back! πŸ˜‰ Here’s the link to the video if you would like to watch it…

    He is a very naughty boy!


  9. Sounds like lots of maintenance going around those allotments πŸ˜€ Those cabbages need covering up! Hope they are comfortable and no one pecks at them from beneath the covers….sometimes you just never know. I had to smile at your attempt to selfie. It is a very good effort and that shot of you and hubby at the end is lovely. Haha, missed the first attempt by a long mile! The self timer does come in handy and I’ve used it quite a few times myself for selfies. Running into position is always the hardest part, and also the most fun. Just be careful not to trip πŸ˜€ ❀


    • Yes.. Mabel.. Lots of maintenance.. And later when they grow larger those small cloches will be replaced with larger ones.. As then its not the pigeons but the cabbage white butterflies who lay eggs.. And an army of tiny caterpillars do a lot of munching LOL .. Yes lol.. 10 seconds is a long time really.. but when you have to do an obstacle course lol.. it needed practice haha.. And Thank you.. I will be careful. LOL.. πŸ™‚ Thank you again Mabel.. for visiting both sites.. Your comments and visits are very much appreciated.. Big Hugs xxx ❀ xxx

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  10. Hey Sue πŸ™‚

    A beautiful day here in Wales inspired me out the front door and off for a wander. A few minutes later and here I was, chuckling like a crow on a swinging gate as I sat reading your post.

    Indeed I asked for action shots and that’s exactly what you delivered. lol πŸ™‚ I stand corrected in my assessment, you have dug for Derbyshire there Sue, the pumpkin patch restored to former glory. I do like the outfit, and I would have dressed similarly, perhaps even donning a pair of sunglasses for disguise! πŸ™‚ The last three photos were excellent….the laughter present in every facet. So pleased you made it around the Loganberry Bush and set pose for the shutter. The smile on your faces seems to tell me everything about how much you enjoy it there and the love you both share together. Perfect πŸ™‚

    I know how the allotment sometimes leaves you aching, but I have to say Sue, that whenever I read your posts regarding your labour of love, I sense the most sincere attachment to both earth and duty. You flow into ‘her’ as she flows into you. There is no separation, only woman and nature in harmony.

    Please don’t lose the shed…it has an antiquated rustic charm all of it’s own. I like it scruffy, used, lived in, weathered, and held together by string and a prayer. Or maybe that’s just the tramp in me taking over and talking out loud, again πŸ™‚

    You’ll be anticipating a bumper crop this year Sue, apples included I hope. Just let me know if you need hands on deck come harvest time and I’ll send the Scarecrows. I heard their rather good at gathering.

    Well late is the hour and I’ll leave you to unwind on this balmy spring evening and wish you well for the remainder of the weekend.

    As always my friend, take good care of you, and of one and all. Warmest best wishes and brightest blessings. Nos da.

    Namaste πŸ™‚



    • Glad those action shots did not disappoint Dewin.. πŸ™‚ Big Smiles.. That first shed was built with old doors and yes is held together most probably with string and paper πŸ™‚ It was resting on old wooden pallets.. which rotted one side.. Giving a whole new meaning to a ‘Lean-to-Shed’ πŸ™‚ tarpaulin is on its roof. It houses only the cloches, wire frames and plastic hose.. And we have promised ourselves one long fine day to combine it into the Summer house.. Which is the one on the left.. The Lean too shed can better be seen Here Dewin.. before the building of the NEW Shed which we bought from an allotment gardener who gave up his plot a couple of plots away from ours.. Enjoy.

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      • Hey Sue,

        The action shots made the post enchanting Sue πŸ™‚ ‘Lean-to’ is a delightful name for an assemblage of accumulated parts, tarpaulin and doorways that lead nowhere and yet open everywhere (I am reminded of the Russell Hoban, David Anderson surreal Animation, ‘Door’ : )

        Very pleased to hear the old shed will live on in new guise as part of the Summer house πŸ™‚ The allotment appears to be becoming very much a home away from home. And I know you love there, so all good.

        Kettles boiled, my brew is made, and I shall head to the shed overleaf lol πŸ™‚

        Enjoy your afternoon and evening. Take care of one and all.

        Namaste πŸ™‚


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          • Hey Sue,

            lol πŸ™‚ indeed the animation is a little trippy he said.

            Russell Hoban is an excellent writer, his works span many genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mainstream fiction, magical realism, poetry, and children’s books. My favourites are: Amaryllis Night and Day, Fremder, and Angelica’s Grotto. If you’ve never read him, give it ago, you may enjoy it.

            I wasn’t sure if you misspelt my name for a reason….and so I looked up the variant as used. The name in your comment is derived from DEORWINE, Anglo-Saxon, and derived from the Old English elements deor “dear” and wine “friend”….either ‘friend of the deer’, or ‘gifted friend.’ I thought that rather nice on both counts, thank you πŸ™‚

            I couldn’t resist taking another trip through the doors of the film, so whilst one stands ajar, I should take advantage and step through….

            Until next time. Take care of you and one and all.

            Namaste πŸ™‚



            • Big smiles and I had misspelt your name by accident and until your mention was not aware of my typo error.. But then was it an error.. πŸ™‚ Such things are as I often find.. Meant to BE.. So I am very happy to find out the meaning.. For you are in deed a dear friend as well as gifted one.. So please take it that the Universe meant you to know .. πŸ™‚ And thank you again for the introduction to Russel Hoban.. He is new to me.. and will seek out further the titles you suggest..
              Blessings to you Dewin.. And thank you for your contribution and time spent in the allotments.. πŸ™‚

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            • Hey Sue,

              I am forever left with a smile and warmed by your dear friendship Sue…your calm and generously kind heart is always so tender and embracing. Add to that the peace and tranquillity of your greening, blooming, fruitful allotment and well, I might just plant myself in the ground and stay until the onset of Winter ❀

              I was just as curious as you regarding the slip of the mouse, and accepted it with gratitude and thanks. I needed a little inspiration…my recent weeks have been difficult to negotiate, but you've helped enormously to encourage me onwards. Thank you for being the universal messenger with antenna to receive πŸ™‚

              I hope you'll enjoy Russell Hoban, he has a charm all of his own. Amaryllis will twist you and turn you inside and outside as walking the one surface of a Klein Bottle (a closed non-orientable surface of Euler characteristic 0 that has no inside or outside) πŸ™‚

              It's my pleasure to be here Sue to share the allotment experience with you in your words and images. I always find something newly growing here between the springing furrows and ploughed pumpkin patches πŸ™‚

              Thank you once again Sue (Deorwine) Dreamwalker.

              Namaste ❀



  11. Beautiful post Sue, really lovely to see you and your Hubby enjoying your shared favourite hobby.
    Very clear that your allotment brings you much happiness. Your allotment is how I would predict my gardens to look like if I had the space.
    Best Wishes to you both.


    • I know from past posts of your flowers Ian how you love your gardening.. We are very fortunate I know to have such a plot.. So many people do not even have a balcony .. And how they live in those high tower blocks I do not know.. But we each adapt to what we have.. In the mean time Ian you are welcome to come sit in the shade of your armchair and over-view the weeding.. πŸ™‚ And I will brew a cuppa in the shed from time to time.. Sorry no Fosters on Chill.. πŸ™‚

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  12. With all of those flowers, you need honey bees! Such an inspiration Sue. I didnt do much gardening last year so I am anxious to do more this year. Seeing your photos is encouraging. I loved the set of you and your hubby. Just adorable and made me smile.

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