Allotments are for Life not just for Summer!

It was a cold blustery morning on Saturday and definitely Welly weather on the allotment as it had been wet over the last few days. We appear to be a damp plot as mushrooms had appeared on our bark paths. Makes up for the summer drought! It wasn’t too wet under foot but Mr C…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Today I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  I still look the same. My mind is willing but my body isn’t always able. Don’t judge people by their age or how they look and presume they’re okay! And if you see me and I’m struggling don’t ignore me! I am still me! Sharon x 22…

Edward 8th Post Boxes – EVIII

Edward 8th Post Boxes *Latest update 5 October 2014 –  92 EVIII post boxes found from our list* Post boxes are all around us but how many of us notice them?  We mainly see a familiar red and black post box.  They’re actually part of our social history, and they’re not all the same.  They all bear…

Boysenberry Jelly

It’s Jamming time of year! When we first got our allotment I bought two Boysenberry bushes and we’ve had some great harvests over the last 5 years. When he was little the Curly One loved Bramble Jelly. We’ve discovered there’s one thing in the world that’s even tastier than homemade Bramble Jelly and that’s Boysenberry…

Crunchy Chickpea Snacks

At the beginning of the UK Lockdown for Coronavirus in March 2020 I slightly over ordered tinned chickpeas. Since then I’ve used one tin… so what to do with the rest? After mooching around the WWW for a while I decided to try roast some. There are lots of recipes out there but this is…

Raspberry Jam Recipe

There is nothing tastier than homemade jam made from homegrown or foraged fruit. We have some Blush Raspberries on our allotment, they were rescued from Mr C’s old workplace. He brought home one very desperate looking cane about 3 years ago. We planted it up and it’s flourished and multiplied and this year has given…

Sylvia’s Shortbread

Sylvia was in her 50s and lived with her beautiful mother Isobel, who was in her 80s, they lived a few doors down from my Grandma. This was my Grandma who gave me my love of baking. I loved Sylvia and Isobel dearly and was very upset when Sylvia died of cancer when I was…

Photo stroll around our plot…

Our allotment is made up of two half plots, 5B and 4B. We’re on a small council allotment site that only has 19 plots although Plot 1 isn’t useable. We’re situated in West Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Everything feels so happy on our plot this year. Some of our raised beds are already on their…

Allotment Fritters

It’s almost the end of July and we’ve been busy picking, pulling, blanching, freezing and eating lots of veggie delights from our plot. Sowing and growing seem to be the only things that are unchanged since Coronavirus hit the world. My dilemma this week was Kohl Rabi. What can they go in other than coleslaw?…

Face Mask Adaptor for PPE – Free Crochet Pattern

I’ve handmade a few face masks for myself, Mr C and close family. I often have problems with ear infections which goes back to being a young child so I was a little bit worried about wearing masks. I’m okay wearing a mask for a short period but after a while my ears start hurting…

Flowers by the plot side

When we took on our allotment 5 years ago there were not many other plots on our site with flowers growing on them. I soon changed that! These are some of the flowers we have flowering this week just on our allotment. Remember that a weed is just a flower in the wrong place.

The most wonderful time of the year…

Summer…. When you have an allotment or vegetable garden this is the time of the year that most crops start to fill your trug with vegetable goodness! It’s mid July and so far this month we’ve dug up our first early potatoes. We don’t normally grow first earlies but we planted them the day before…

Gooseberry Fool

A quick and easy dessert tonight using some of our homegrown gooseberries. Ingredients 300g gooseberries 300g creme fraiche (we always use a reduced fat version) 1 tbs granulated sugar 1 tbs water Extra creme fraiche for the top Demerara sugar Method Put the gooseberries, sugar and water in a pan and cook slowly until it…

Welcome to our allotment

In March 2015 we took on 5B then 6 months later in September we took on 4B. After lots of hard work, blood, sweat and tears this is what our plots looked like on 14 June 2020. Hope you enjoy your wander around our Happy Place.

Spiced Apple, Carrot and Pumpkin Soup

Another of my soup recipe ideas has been made up for Mr C in my big soup pan and has been declared a success! Another one that will use allotment goodies in the autumn. Recipe 1 tbs oil 1 red onion chopped into chunks 2 garlic cloves, skinned and cut in half 3 apples, peeled,…