Friday, 17 September 2010

Nice surprises due to good neighbours!!

So I asked a fellow allotment holder (Dave) if when he was next in town he could pick me up some fence posts ( I felt that I could ask Dave as we are both original villagers and grew up together as did our parents and grandparents...yep our families really are original village folk!) so that I could put a permanent fence just behind my bean fence for the grape vines to climb up and so that there would be a definite divide between mine and my neighbours half plot.

the fence for the grapevinesMy new fence waiting for the grapevines!!

Well when I went down the plot yesterday not only had Dave picked me up some fence posts but he had also erected me a wonderful fence complete with wiring....I guess nice people and chivalry really do still exist!!

Anyway I got to work today and got the grapevines moved
to their new home. They looked a little sad and withered after the move but I'm sure it won't be long before they are well settled in and picking themselves up again.

I also put some metal posts in at the top end of the plot today on the rise and have pulled some stray brambles that were growing round there round the wire..there are more growing there and as they get longer I am going to train these round the wire to so I have a lovely bramble patch at the top end of the plot. I also found a couple of s
elf sown sloe trees which I relocated up here too.

To top the day off I finally cut open the melon I brought home the other was quite small but we all had a bit and the taste was wonderful...not too strong, not too sweet and lovely and tender. Melons are definitely on the growing menu again for next year!!

homegrown melon, sliced and ready for eating
My melon, sliced and ready to be eaten!


  1. Kudos to Dave. I love to hear of random acts of kindness.

    Tanya I have been reading your blog for some time now and absolutely love it. I find it really interesting from a social perspective. We have no need for allotments where I live (Cairns, Aust, on the Great Barrier Reef) because most people have land big enough to grow vege on - even those in apartments have verandahs with sufficient sun.

    But, to watch your endeavours and to see your yields has been fun and interesting.

    I'm looking forward to the grapes - that is something that I have never grown.

  2. Hi Tanya, well done with the melons, hopefully look forward to growing some myself in the future.

    As for your grapevine fence, looks very posh :D seen a few ratty tatty things on our site, yours looks as good as the ones you see in France :D sure it will last a long time.

  3. Lovely earwashers Tany!

    The support on that fenceposts belies a professional touch. (I'm planning more fencing but lack the wherewithall/time/expertise.)

  4. What a nice surprise to find your fence posts in place like that. That melon looks delicious. Now I'm hungry for some :)

  5. Lovely neighbor! and delicious looking melons. :)

  6. Mmmm... I love melons! They're my favorite fruit. Mangoes come second. Good luck growing your grape vines. The new fence should really help. :)

  7. Your fence looks fab. How lovely to find it all set up and ready to go. The melon looks delicious, well worth growing.

  8. What a lovely surprise - can you send Dave along so we can share him.

    Hope we manage to taste some melon this year


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