Happy December

Can you believe it’s December already? It only feels like yesterday we were down on the allotment, watering the plot and sat watching the bees.  But it’s here… The month on mine and Mr.B’s growing calendar, the pilgrimage to the plot to harvest our goodies for Christmas dinner.

We’ll be enjoying :

  • Carrots
  • Sprouts
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Parsnips

We even have some spuds left over from this years harvest that are doing really well :) We keep building on our growing repertoire each year.  With the colder weather coming in this week, it should work its magic and make everything taste nice and sweet.  I’ll get out to the allotment tomorrow morning with my camera… I’m hoping for some frost with the chilly temperatures expected tonight (keeping my fingers crossed :) )Happy December

So Happy December to you all, if you’re growing your veg for Christmas dinner I’d love to hear what you’ll be enjoying :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Book Review ~ Of Cabbages and Kings by Caroline Foley

Of Cabbages And Kings

Since getting our allotment back in 2011, it has made us wonder about how the whole concept of allotments came to be.  I know myself, I thought the popularity of allotments and growing your own came from the war time, ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign and watching Tom and Barbara in ‘The Good Life’…

In her book ‘Of Cabbages and Kings’ published by Frances Lincoln Limited. Caroline Foley takes us through the different time periods starting in 1066, looking at hardships the poor people went through, finishing at the the present day and how we still have to fight to keep land for growing.  It’s made me feel so lucky to have my piece of land to grow on – something I will never take for granted.

I loved the illustrations, photographs and thought they added a great embellishment to the book.  At towards the back there is a timeline pin pointing key events that have happened in history.  There is also a ‘Further Reading’ list, great for people wanting to look more into the subject.

I found it a truly interesting read.  If you love allotments and history like I do, then I can honestly say you won’t be disappointed :) I’ve got this book earmarked for a couple of my allotment friends, it’s going to be a great gift for Christmas…

Why not take advantage of this great offer and get ‘Of Cabbages and Kings’ on your Christmas wish list :)

To order Of Cabbages and Kings at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG209.  *UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.​

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Happy Halloweeeeen!

Wishing you all a spooky Halloween… :D This year’s pumpkin feels more special, because we’ve grown it ourselves :) Here’s Peter pumpkin’s journey…

Pumpkin1 Pumpkin 2 Pumpkin 4 Pumpkin 5 Jassy halloween

And here his journey ends… I’ll be enjoying some pumpkin soup and will try my hand a making a pumpkin pie with the rest of my little pumpkin family :D

Happy HalloweenI’m off on my broomstick tonight… Happy spooking everyone!!! Wha hahahaaa :)

Off on my broom stick Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

The Calm Before The Storm

Sounds like we’re going to be having a lot of wild weather next week.  I was hoping to pop to the plot to secure things down, but I’ve not managed to get down this weekend.  It’s been a bit on the warm side these past few days, but there’s been lots of lovely golden light on the allotment :D

Calm Before The Storm

It’s so hard to just walk past. I’m always fighting the urge to go and take some time out of the busy week.  Not looking forward to the aftermath of the bad weather…  Hopefully there won’t be too much damage. :O

Keep safe everyone :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Halloween Pumpkins

This year we’ve got 5 pumpkins to choose from! I feel very lucky :) We bought our pumpkin plants from a local allotment open day.  50p each! What a bargain :) I’m so chuffed with them and look forward to carving and finding delicious recipes.  Pumpkin pie is on the cards… do you have any suggestions?

Box of Pumpkins Perfect Pumpkin Plump pumpkinsThere’s one pumpkin left on the plot at the moment, he is deciding to turn orange, so I’m going to leave him there for now.  The rest have hardened up in the sun, and are at home in their crate in the kitchen covered in straw.  We need to get a little shed to store our harvested produce!

Roll on halllooowwweeen! :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

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