Sea ice…

I looked out the window onto the flat roof of the dining room and found some amazing patterns. Almost like a beach and waves which have been frozen.

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Icy day…

Ice in fountain pond and vapour trails over an icy field.

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Allotment mission starts here…

Ok, for me the start of the allotment season is buying the seed potatoes. This may be because we haven’t yet managed to gather the required where with all to actually sustain a growing campaign through the winter months, therefore the ‘start’ of the season is really the start of Spring. : )

So, Spring is nearly here and now is the time for getting the seedlings going, putting the finishing touches to soil preparation and buying and starting to chit potatoes.

We have made our pilgrimage to Dundry Nurseries for the seed potatoes – this year instead of the 6/7 varieties, we’re going for just two: for new potatoes / first earlies it’s Red Scarlett and for the Main Crop it’s Victoria. Both were selected from the Dundry website for the highest level of disease and pest resistance.┬áThe website is great for general info and a good tool for helping to choose varieties.

So, onion setts, potatoes etc will soon be put to work but in the meantime, there were jobs to be done at Plot 18B. I dug over 6 of the raised beds, spread out 5 tubs of home-produced compost onto last years potato area (peas and beans this year) and cleared a whole load of rubbish from the shed, which had been left from the previous plot holder.

I was there maybe two hours, during which time is started snowing (!!) and I was visited by my mate the ever-hungry worm eater. we’re trying out a weed-suppressant method which involves spreading newspaper over most of the soil and covering with more soil. we’ll have to wait and see if this works but could save some weeding. The great thing about digging is the heat it produces – just what I needed on a very cold day (see ice in water trough!). The rainbow chard and spinach had survived the winter with only minimal die back.

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Jack Frost touches the garden…

While it’s been fairly cold so far this winter, there haven’t been too many dramatic photo opportunities. A few hard frosts has been the extent of the options so far.

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10cm of snow is forecast over the next 2 days… watch this space! : )

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Glass ice…

I recently unpacked an old box full of pint glasses from my free and easy days at university. One of them had broken and shattered producing hundreds of tiny pieces. I added this glass to a bowl which already had another broken purple glass and decided to create a photo opportunity…

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Part of the inspiration is winter and light, with cold hard edges and sharp angles. The torch light enhanced the effects and the colours.

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Protected: Coloured ice boats & Lego solar system…!

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Coloured ice boats…

Ice boats – they lasted two minutes in the bath but well worth it!

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