Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Keeping me busy

So hello there - how are you keeping?

I am still here - just otherwise occupied.

You see the thing is..............!

For the past four years we've been sharing a little space on a friends allotment which has been fine and grand and dandy, but we've always wanted a plot we could call our own.

Name on the list - tick. But we've never found ourselves right at the top.

But as of two weeks ago we became the happy (and very proud) owners of our very own allotment - whoo hoo.

Can you imagine my immense joy as I'm writing this blog post?

So all of last weekend - kiddies included. They've been jumping up and down on the compost for us, compacting it down - we've been down at our allotment clearing, and cleaning, pulling back and digging, sorting and tidying 'oh' there is just so much to do. I don't think it has been properly looked after in years.

The soil is nice and easy to dig so a bit of growing has been happening, but the surrounding area is just 'yuk!'

As you can see my lovely purple wellies are all nice and muddy now.

We spent three hours on Saturday just chopping back the ivy and I'm so glad we did because we discovered an old shed that looks like an Anderson shelter.

We thought it was an old door that had been propped up on initial viewing and even a fellow allotment neighbour remarked that we'd be OK if there was another war when he saw our discovery.

Along with the shed we also uncovered a couple of roses and a little secret entrance with a wooden gate and all.

We've kept some of the ivy for the birds to shelter in this winter and of course the berries make great food plus I like the way we've kind of cut an arch around and over, making it feel even more mysterious.

I've literally been spending at least a couple of hours a day down there trying to make it all neat and tidy before the first frost hits us and the earth becomes too solid to turn - it's still quite mild here.

And in hindsight I wish I'd taken a couple of pictures right at the begining of our allotment make over - a kind of before and after - but it wasn't until this morning that I thought maybe I could use my phone to snap a couple of pics before we did any more altering.

So anyway, as I've literally just got back from spending a whole morning down there - if you go back to the first picture I've been clearing that space on the right, can you see, all that wire and mess? - and thought I would quickly jot it all down whilst I remembered and sip my lunch time latte at the same time.

I hope you're all keeping warm and well? The wood burning stove goes in next week - double whoo hoo.