10 June 2018

Early June on the plot

My first allotment post since November 2016!

I did some remodelling of the beds during the winter and early spring and the warm spell since mid May has meant everything has sprung into life. We've experienced our normal late May/early June drought but some much needed rain is forecast soon.
Now harvesting lettuce,salad leaves,chard and radish after having quite a prolonged period cutting purple sprouting broccoli in the "hungry gap".

Link to photo album here

View down the plot

Express broad beans with module sown beetroot, spinach and turnips protected against sparrow attack

Top half of the plot - soil much easier to work than bottom half

One of the remodelled beds with berry fruits moved to the fenceline - lots of beans and with squash still to be planted between

One of the new raised beds in the poorly drained bottom section - module sown Crapauline beetroot and three kinds of chard

8 June 2018

Berlin to see Runrig

A two night visit to see Runrig at the Spandau Citedal in lovely weather.Too wrapped up in the music and atmosphere to take any photos at the concert but took some on my walk through the Tiegarten and along part of the Wall before the evening gig and the next day in Potsdam and on the River Havel cruise.

Link to photo album with captions here

29 May 2018

Three Border bothies and a Tibetan temple

A couple of midweek trips in the May sunshine,the first to Northumberland staying at Green Bothy and visiting Roughside Bothy, the second on the Scottish side staying at Over Phawhope Bothy near the head of the Ettrick valley and having a look round the grounds of the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre at Eskdalemuir on the way back home.

Here's a link to the photo album  which has story captions.

Green Bothy

Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavilion

Footbridge below Ettrick Head

Over Phawhope Bothy

30 April 2018

Mallorca April 2018 - GR221 variants and other walks

A week of perfect weather,walking sections of the GR221 and it's variants in the Tramuntana Mountains and other paths off route,staying at Son Amer (Lluc) and Tossals Verds Refugis ,then two nights each in hostals/hotels in Alaro,Esporles and Port d'Andrax.
Here's a link to the Photo Album

View west from Col des Prat

Tossals Verds Refigi

View north from Castell d'Alaro

Pas de s'Estalo above Orient

Plate at Esporles market


View west towards Col de Gramola

Late afternoon view towards S'Esclop from Port d' Andtrax

Bringing the fish in