Monday 9th August 2021 – Rain Stopped play

Now I’ll work in rain, but not heavy rain. We were woken up before the alarm goes off at 6.30am by rain hammering down on the Velux windows. Would it clear by the time I was due to leave at 8.45am? Well that was anyone’s guess. I watched the weather forecast on BBC Breakfast and apparently it was supposed to. However, the BBC app on my phone said otherwise. The rain did stop, but then started again, just out of spite as I was leaving home. I arrived at my clients house, and we had a little discussion about what to do. We all came to the sensible conclusion that I should call it quits and go home, so I did.

I had plenty to do at home so the day wouldn’t be wasted. I was calling it a “Bonus Day at home”. If the weather dried up in the afternoon then I would go out in my garden and see what needed to be done out there……there’s always plenty to do anyway.

After all the usual household chores, catching up on various emails and other things, I made some chocolate cornflake cakes. These would hopefully be set in time for lunch. Then a few more household things and before I knew it, it was time for lunch.

By the time lunch was over the skies had cleared and the sun came out, so I put on my wellies and went out in my garden to have a play.

There’s always something to do in the garden, so firstly I harvested some beans and carrots for dinner that evening. I mixed all the carrots seeds together so when you dig up a load you get a good mixture. They all seem to be doing really well so far this year, and the first ones that came up were what I would call proper sized. I’m sure Lottie and Dottie would be very proud.

Then I came across a huge yellow one. The only way to describe it was that it was the size of a normal courgette! And yes I found some normal sized courgettes as well.

I also harvested a few spring onions and cleared away more blighted tomatoes.

All in all a good afternoons work. And if the weather had held off and I’d be working I wouldn’t have got these things done. So definitely a ‘Bonus Day’.

Don’t forget my Claire’s Allotment Essentials Book. It has all the information you need.

Happy Gardening,

Claire xxx

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2 Responses to Monday 9th August 2021 – Rain Stopped play

  1. NebraskaDave says:

    Claire, I like a well behaved thunder storm. Maybe I’ve already told you that. We have had a couple of unruly ones this year with lots of tree damage. One large branch fell on my wooden garden fence at Terra Nova Gardens but on the way down it lodged into the crotch of another tree which saved the fence. The bushy part of the branch is laying on the fence. I’ll have to get it removed as it’s a natural highway for the raccoons to get inside the fence. As you say there’s always lots to do in a garden. For me garden work is much better than sweating away on a stationary bike for exercise, don’t you think?

    Have a great garden day with lots of things to do.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer

    • Love the phrase “well behaved thunderstorm”. We’ve have a few grumbles, but nothing amazing so far this year. We also had rain this summer, but not the massive torrential downpours some people have had. Maybe because we live right a couple of miles from the coast that has something to do with it. Hope you can clear the trees and stop the raccoons coming in. At least you’ll have lots of logs for the winter.
      Totally agree about getting hot and sweaty, much more fun in the garden than on a stationary bike.
      Take care,
      Claire xx

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