Sunday, 9 February 2020

Storm Ciara comes to visit

Let me start by saying...I HATE THE WIND!! We all have those things that bother us and the wind is mine....It's an irrational fear...I know that but not one I can control unfortunately.

It's the possible destruction that comes with it that bothers me I think...I spend my time listening to it howl around thinking 'This, that and the other' could happen...silly really...its not going until it decides it's had enough but that doesn't stop the way I feel....I think I should live in a bubble where the wind cant penetrate and I can feel safe and secure....a fantasy I know....but hey ho.

I suppose it could be so much worse...living in the midlands when storms finally reach us they have lessened in strength greatly....for that I am grateful!!

I didn't always used to be this way....I think it started after I spent half an hours one year about 15 years ago when I had to spend half an hour hanging onto the carport roof....one of the end struts had rotted through at the bottom and it kept lifting...thinking about it logically I think nothing was really going to happen and me hanging from it probably didn't stop anything...but it was attached to electric cables so there I was....hanging waiting for the winds to ease....which of course they did....and the carport is still there now...all these years later....steadfastly attached to the ground.

Next doors fence (dividing out two gardens)
making a bid for freedom!

So right now...I'm sat at home...trying to ignore the howls outside...knowing that the winds will ease....my solar panels won't rip my roof off and my conservatory wont end up in Oz....at least I don't think that will happen....but irrationality does unfortunately not play nice with common sense!!

A little bit of temporary stability...
it has two chances of working??

The radio has told of trees down and fence panels going....fence panels both sides of me are an issue.....one side has gone completely....the other side the neighbour and I have tried to give some support too but when I last looked the middle stay had sheared through so I'm not confident it's going to hold.

Next door the other side haven't been
quite so lucky...this isn't the fence that
connects our gardens but the next one
over...eek!!

Oh well....I'm sure I'll still be here tomorrow....and you ...I live in the UK so I don't really have too much to grumble about when I listen about much of what is happening with the weather around the world.

Oh....I forgot in my temporary insanity....this is an allotment blog....took a stroll by the allotment this morning whilst battling the winds with the dog and everything there looks fine....Beehives


were still standing....shed still standing....greenhouse intact. I never leave stuff lying around so providing everyone else has got everything weighed down and shut down well things there should be good....but as the winds aren't supposed to ease until this evening I suppose tomorrow will be the best time to check it over again....for now I have done one I can done and I now sit the storm out and hope.

Stay safe everyone.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Polytunnel Ponderings

Well it's been a while since I posted but I feel I really want to get back into keeping up with my blog this year...Life happens...it doesn't get in the way but it's important and so at times things need to take a back seat whilst you get back on track and unfortunately my blog (along with my allotment much of the time!) was one of them.

This year I want to really get back into it...I love the outdoors....I love growing and I love writing so I'm hoping that I can bring everything back together this year and make 2020 positive for myself.

Beautiful Sunrise
The days are slowly getting longer and with sunrises like the one above how can we not appreciate what we have!!
Anyway...my big thing for this year is that I am going to get a polytunnel....I have always liked the idea of one and the thought that it would extend my growing period...but not only that ...it will allow me to spend productive time on the allotment even when the weather isn't great.

           

Firstly I am checking that I am okay to get one...I don't see why not as there are already several plot holders with tunnels...secondly check the size...I have measured the space and can comfortably have an 18ft by 30ft tunnel. I have a whole plot but on two separate halves...I'm okay with this though as it will make it easy to have in and outdoor veg.

By going 30ft long I can still keep my greenhouse space where it is and give my fruit trees plenty of growing room....I will also have some space each side of the tunnel to plant out, this means that in years to come if I decide I don't want so much planting space I will still have some outside planting space.

So that's all the boring stuff sorted...now I just need to decide where to purchase from...I have been having a look on the internet and it seems that if you go up to 18ft wide they fall into the 'commercial' category and so the price jumps up tremendously....if that is the case then I think I may just got for 16ft wide...I have found one 18ft wide but it isn't straight sided so I don't actually gain the two foot inside planting space so there doesn't seem much point to that.

I still have time to keep looking around but if anybody has any useful places for me to look then I would really appreciate the help.