Feb. 21st, 2010

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I have been putting off going to the allotment since before Christmas when it started getting cold and muddy. Yesterday we finally bit the bullet and it looked terrible; the weight of snow on the roof of the shed had broken it a bit and the pigeons had eaten all of the cabbages down to the stumps. We spent the whole weekend digging in soil improver and clearing and steve fixed the roof and built a compost bin and it all looks neat and tidy now. We even bought back a big bag of onions and potatoes which we found by accident! There are also absolutely loads of artichokes which I would dig up but I haven't figured out how to cook them yet. The strawberry plants have gone mental and now cover a huge area so we should get enough for bowls full in summer.

A sharp contrast was going food shopping where we'd spent 30 quid in the fruit and veg section (and that was just for the basics we need for the four of us for a week - the cheapest packs of potatoes, peppers, leeks, onions, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, bananas, oranges and pears - nothing particularly exciting. I had to tell the kids we couldn't afford grapes or strawberries.

I think this year I'm going to make an extra effort with the allotment, I really resent spending so much money on fresh food :( As Tony was saying.. how can a turnip from norfolk cost twice as much as a pair of scissors which have to be mined, smelted, formed, assembled and shipped half way across the world?!

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