Well its getting to the end of the year now and the boys at GrowBlogs are starting to get excited about taking a long, well earned rest and stuffing our faces full of turkey, sprouts and cheeses we cant pronounce. The build up to Christmas is always a very busy time for us both work wise and the allotment has been slightly neglected the past two weeks. In fact we have just been popping in on my way past to refill the bird feeders and top up the water supply for the birds.
You might have seen us post about a greenhouse that we had acquired. Well… it didnt quite payoff. The glass was clean and intact and there was no obvious signs of rust. Too good to be true I kept saying to myself and I was correct. It was very well put together and I successfully removed and labeled all of the pieces of glass and took photographs of the frame joints to make it easier to re assemble. It was only when I came to remove the frame from the ground fixing that I realised that the greenhouse has been secured to the ground with a raft of concrete paving slabs. When I removed the slabs the frame was completely disintegrated and and there was no way that I was going to be able to salvage it without great cost of both time and money, so I decided that it was not worth trying to salvage. Ah well you win some you lose, its gonna take more than that to keep us down.
The weather in the UK is still unusually mild for the time of year, looks like the decision to get the broad beans in the ground could pay off and hopefully these mild temperatures will give them a good start. There has been reports out suggesting that whilst no temperature records have been broken for this time of year it did come withing half a degree to being the warmest December on record. As I post this, book makers are giving odds of a White Christmas in Belfast, which means it needs to snow at our International Airport at 10/3. We do love a wee flutter now and again and think thats worth 5 pounds of anyone’s money, and sure if were lucky we can stick it in the new greenhouse fund.
So were going to sign off now and we would very much like to wish everyone a peaceful and merry Christmas and hope the big guy with the beard (Not Chris the other one) is good to you. Merry Christmas
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge