My allotment subscriptions are due this month, so I went and paid up this morning. Next year will be my seventh growing season.
It’s the only time of the year that I speak to the site manager at any length, normally we speak in passing and normally about our respective plots rather than anything else.
It turns out however that there has been some pilfering of crops, from across the allotment. We’ve had shed break-ins and thefts, but produce has never been the target of thieves before. It seems like it’s been going on some time. I don’t think I’ve had anything taken, or not so that I’ve noticed but it’s a bit of a low stunt to go around stealing what someone has spent time and effort tending to and growing, in most cases for months at a time.
It’s also going to be difficult to catch whoever the person is, unless someone actually catches them in the act. There are rumours that it is a current plot holder, which makes it seem worse; if they’re stealing what they know takes a lot of effort to grow; or, and this seems more likely, a former plot holder who didn’t return their key when they gave up. This latter option seems the most likely to me.
Fingers crossed that over the next few weeks, nothing will go missing. My pumpkins are nearly ready, but not quite, and I’m looking forward to some pumpkin soup.
Ruby is just 14 weeks old, and I thought it was about time for a little photo update. In case you’ve forgotten here she is at about 6 weeks:
And here at about 8 weeks:
And 14 weeks:
And with Wilson, at 7 weeks:
And 14 weeks:
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I’m pleased to be able to introduce Ruby (for those of you new here, she’s the one on the left). Since we lost Sparky some months ago, our pack had been feeling a little too small, but the time didn’t feel right to introduce a new dog. In the last few weeks however, we started to look tentatively. Not sure whether we wanted another puppy or to go for a rescue dog. Ultimately we went for a puppy, not for any particular reason, just one of those right place, right time situations.
Ruby (that’s the name we settled on after running through about a hundred different names), is half springer spaniel (her mum) and half border collie (her dad). I can see more of the spaniel in her at the moment, but it will be interesting to see how she changes over the coming weeks and months.
Wilson is doing a grand job. We were a little concerned with how he might behave when we introduced a new member to the household pack, but he’s been teaching her and playing with her and overall they seem to be getting on really well. She’s got him wrapped around her little paws I think, but I’m really pleased that they are getting along so well.
It’ll be a few more weeks before she can go out in to the wide world, we’ll have to wait for her to have her second set of inoculations. In the meantime, there’s plenty to be getting on with. Back into the training programme! First step, house training.
I suspect that there will be more “pupdates” over the next few weeks and months.