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'

All in a weekend

Sorry - more allotment pictures........I know.

But this weekend (in our neck of the woods) it was far too lovely, far too perfect and far too warm to do anything else - apart from going to the beach with the rest of the crowd goers - then get dug in at the allotment.........literally.

I think we spent (on average) four hours each day - Saturday and Sunday - starting to (finally) plant some produce into all that lovely dug up soil that we've spent weeding and turning, over and over again - since October last year.

Off came the wellies and on went the less bulky but more heavy duty boots!

It felt pretty good to be honest.

And whilst the man of the plot got on with various chores like digging, raking, sifting and planting I got my fingers dirty in another form - 'painting' - whilst the girls laid out an old blanket to stretch out in the sun.

And with the generous supply of pads, pens and crayons I'd brought down with us my little nature girls started exploring and documenting - in their own little ways - the natureous (is that a real word) things that surround our little plot.

I think the most wonderous discovery was finding ladybirds inching their way out of hibernation - there were parts of the old shed I literally couldn't paint because of this.......all saved for another day - unfurling and stretching finding a nice quiet sunny spot to relax in and enjoy.

I felt like doing the same to be honest.

So what have we planted? Wellllllllll.............

The onions and garlic survived the snow - thank gawd - and I've planted at least two hundred bulbs for my cutting patch, but they'll be mainly for decorative - of course.

We've planted kale and rocket, early spuds and carrots.  Artichokes and raspberry canes and of course fruit cages have been erected.

The strawberry patch has been weeded but it's still looking a little ropey.  We'll have to see what becomes of it this Summer.

And if it's a 'no go' then the whole lot will need replanting with fresh strawberry plants as they are one of our main Summer crops - freshly made strawberry jam....yum - but I think it's a little too early to tell yet.

Fingers crossed though they do pull through.

It's all about the waiting.

Well that's all folks.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend too.

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