Something from nothing

It doesn't look like much I know
but the satisfaction wrought
from half an hour of crafting
inspired by a simple thought
is pleasing and in fact replete
a sense of job well done
working with just what you find
whilst having lots of fun
And that in fact's the essence
of what this allotment brings
to each of us as time we spend
down here whilst growing things

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Photo – my rough and ready yet purposeful composting area, Ham Field Allotments, September 2022 – Jempics

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New Lavender III

Its flowers were no more and it
was definitely past its prime
but it was going really cheap
so I paid and made it mine
then took it to the lotty where
I gave it pride of place
a new lavender for the herbal plot
its presence there to grace
And bedraggled though it may be
I will nurture it with care
as it promises next summer
lots more lavender to share

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Photo – Jempics

This place

Sat down at the allotment
in late summer sun
with a welcome can of ale
the weeding here all done
The no dog plots are looking good
and our labour is well spent
as everything is looking great
almost as if with intent

Sal is down there painting
watercolours as she does
in a shady spot, but me
in full sunshine here because
that's what I like to do
we each have different ways
celebrating our enjoyment
of just being in this place

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Photo – Jempics

No chumps here

In the cold frame go the seeds
which I have today just sown
the frame that was just two weeks gone
with brambles overgrown

Elsewhere as day by day we toil
and clear a a little more
the plots are getting ready 
for a winter crop in store

And yes, it's quite hard going
but we're doing it in chunks
so we don't get too knackered 
and end up looking chumps

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Photo – Jempics

No hose

We've hidden the hosepipe away in the shed
as the long lack of rain has inevitably led
to a ban of the sprinkling of water for gain
pending reservoirs filling up once more with rain

So the watering can will now be our friend
until that is this sunshine sees end
but we're absolutely not wishing this summer away
as it's great to see sunshine so bright every day

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Photo – Jempics

From this our piece of land

The extended lotty's taking shape
as Sal and I are there to make
the best of all the toils we take
from this our piece of land

It's looking good and we are proud
so we will shout that fact aloud
no hiding behind veil or shroud
from this our piece of land

And by and by when comes the rain
we'll plant some crops and then again
see produce to our table lain
from this our piece of land

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Photo – Jempics

Resident Penguin

Buried in the undergrowth
we found a penguin hiding
brushed him off and gave him
somewhere better to reside in
thought that it must surely be
a sign for better things
as for our new allotment a
new life with him begins

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Photo – Jempics

A bigger space

We've doubled our allotment
it's now twice the size it was
and though the new bit's overgrown
we don't mind much because
it's all quite superficial
bindweed covers most of it
so we will pull that up and prove
that it's a false culprit
and when we've given it a strim
and tidied things to spruce
we'll put the hidden plots to
some really worthwhile use

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Photo – Jempics

Allotted time

Down on our little parcel of land
it's looking quite lovely and fine
the sweetcorn and squash are flowering now
and the lavender's gathered in time
the grass is all strimmed and weeds are at bay
and the pond is topped up to the brim
so we're both quite chuffed and the way it looks now
with everything looking quite trim

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Photo – Jempics

Lotty looking lovely

The lottie's looking lovely
more like it's owned and loved
instead a patch of weed and grass
abandonment has shoved
and it didn't really take that long
we have a system there you see
as Sally does the strimming
leaving heavy stuff to me
So the lottie's looking lovely
once again our patch of land
on which we'll grow our produce
and keep it looking grand

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Photo – Jempics

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