There was also a low period when my dad gave up ‘his patch’ at my allotment as it was getting too much for him……
And the awful time I had to make the aganising decision to give up my lovely four allotments…….
And not to forget Judy our highly ‘reactive’ rescue dog (the main reason for giving my allotments up). I didn’t know how much she would change our life as she was so scared of everything (incl. dogs) when she came to us in October 2014. Unfortunately it all came out as barking and lunging and I had many people shout at me while I was walking with her…..but it wasn’t her fault, she just needed time and love….and lots of training……and thanks to Havers Dog Behaviour Judy is so much better than she was and you can see in her ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs below that she looks a lot less timid and scared and whole lot more healthy and confident.
Each week during these low moments, your kind words kept me going….thank you!
However, there has also been many, many happy things I have written about too, such as family events….
Fund raising for charities…..
And being one of the runners up in the ‘Grow it’ magazine allotment competition….
And featuring in the Kitchen Garden magazine….
As you know I love to bake using my allotment / kitchen produce and I hope you enjoyed reading my recipes, such as my lavender cakes, courgette tray bake, beetroot cake and also my cheesy courgette scones …..
….we have enjoyed eating them! Together with all the jams and pickles I have made over the years:
One enormous change to our life was when we knocked the wall between our kitchen and back room down, to make our kitchen diner…..it has made such a difference to our house and it is a room where we all spend many hours together. Though I am still amazed we managed to live without a kitchen for six weeks and ate meals using our microwave, slow cooker and a ‘one pan’ camping stove…it definately took some organising, but it was worth it.
Finally, my biggest passion in life is growing vegetables in an organic garden with LOTS of flowers to attract beneficial insects.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the many ‘highs’ (and ‘lows’) that I have experienced in my allotment and my new kitchen garden…..
….And the produce that I have managed to harvest over the years…..
I feel truely blessed to have enjoyed many moments that I have written about over the last four years and I am so glad that people seem to enjoy sharing these moments with me.
Thank you for your continued support!
I will be back next week as usual.
Have a great week!