Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Fun in the sun
There was fun and fellowship in the sunshine last Sunday, when my friend and her fellow allotment holders held an 'Open Allotments' afternoon, to raise funds towards their Community Allotment project. These are not the allotments in Saltaire but some a little further up the valley, towards Bingley. They are really big plots and the holders are all really keen and enthusiastic gardeners. Despite the poor weather we've been having, which has left many things looking decidedly the worse for wear, nevertheless the allotments were a riot of colour and felt like a green oasis. They are kind of tucked away down a pretty little lane and it felt a bit like entering a different and magical world. People grow a huge variety of fruit, herbs and vegetables (I saw sweetcorn, which is not a common crop over here), and flowers too. One allotment even has a bee hive. How fortunate that the weekend was, at last, dry and warm. Time to sit and chat, enjoy tea and cakes and buy some produce too. Delightful.