Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Unbelievable sight out on the allotment today! This is just one (forefront) of our 5 rhubarb  plants bursting into new life.I should have covered them just in case of severe frost but it was a quick visit and I was caught for time, hopefully I won't  regret the decision!
The whole reason of the visit was to pull the remains of the Brussels sprout plants to give to the hens to nibble for greens.
It was a beautiful bright and sunny day , a complete contrast to yesterday when we had to drive with lights on ALL day!

 I just had time for a quick look around and I was amazed at the new growth breaking through, above some daffodils
 In the same bed which was a new 'dig' last autumn are lots of daffs and some new off shoots of our globe artichoke.They have all taken root and are looking great, even the weeds are awakening from their overwintering!
The over wintering onions have put on a growth spurt since I was out before Christmas,  this photo was taken at a bad angle and does not show them off at  their best, they are probably all about a foot high still under the protection of the netting to keep the birds and everything else at bay.
After being out there and feeling the Spring sap rising I think I am beginning to think of seed planning !

It will have to wait for a few days as I am off to London tomorrow for a couple of days R&R.  D.Aisling won a competition on author Wilbur Smiths website (she is his No 1 fan), each of 40 winners and their +1 (me in this case) have been invited to attend THE IVY restaurant in London for the great man's 80th birthday celebrations and the launch of his early years collection. Wilbur Smith will be in attendance  so some serious hero worshipping will take place as some winners are even travelling from America  for the event!