Inspired by Rooko and Garden 65 I eventually ventured out to the allotment yesterday. I planned to stay a couple of hours. It was a lovely crisp day ... perfect for digging a bed or two.
As we slowly drove through the gates I said, "I don't think this is a good idea. It's very muddy and we might get stuck."
"You're right," he replied as the car moved side ways. "Best reverse and leave it on the track."
Mud began to fly as the wheels started to spin. We pushed and shoved, we put straw and carpet bits under the wheels, we cursed our stupidity but we were well and truly stuck.
At the nearby stable we met Trevor. He didn't have a 4x4 but he did have a large rope (and a heart problem for which he'd had a by-pass and 9 stents fitted but he'd changed his diet and leant to take things a bit easier ....!). Lovely man who went out of his way to help. Then the pig farmer drove by ... Trevor's neighbour ... so he stopped to help which was useful because he was driving a 4x4! As we were slowly being pulled out two more men stopped to make sure we were okay. People can be so nice. Wouldn't the world be a marvelous place if we all acted with thought and consideration like this all the time?
Well, Andy took the car to be washed and I stayed to do a bit of the digging. I didn't want to leave when he came back for me. This always happens ... the idea of going there doesn't really appeal but once I am there I love it!
I picked some leeks and onions and went home to make Leek and Potato Soup. I thought about consulting the Sarah Raven Cook Book but decided to just chuck everything in a pan then add some chicken stock and a few herbs. Delicious!
Last night I won first prize in a raffle - a bottle of wine - but I don't drink. People always look amazed when I say that ... I must look like a drinker! I tried one of those alcopop things a few years ago and fell out of the car when he got me home! The last time I was properly drunk was February 1975 ... the night I met my husband! Anyway, I digress. I asked for the second prize instead - this lovely Spring basket. Much better. It was the only reason I entered the raffle.