Thanks go to Phil for this post and photo:
Here’s Val ready to cycle home with a rucksack of blossom. Did it see home or get blown away on the journey????
With the promise of a new season just a few weeks away now a wee wander round our site today showed just how well on the winter digging was going on many of our plots.
It was nice to see so many of these plots were, ‘under new management’ this year and that things were off to a flying start for the year ahead. It’s very encouraging to see such keen new starters join our association. With apologies to those others who were not featured above.
Some sad news.
We’re sorry to announce the passing on 31 October of another long-serving plotter. Randall (Plot 94B) took on plot 94 in 1989 but for several years before that he helped his father-in law Norman McLeod who held the plot. Randall was kind-hearted, loved the outdoors and had a soft spot for all birds and animals many of whom he rescued when they were hurt or in distress.
He grew some fine produce in his time and when I had just started plotting I would occasionally come across a bag of quality carrots and the like hanging on the handle of our front door. Perhaps it made me a little jealous but it inspired me to emulate his example. He was 77 and latterly suffered from a very aggressive form of Alzheimer’s.
Sadly our longest serving plotter Frank Laird passed away on Tuesday 19th July. Frank started at Garthdee allotments in 1968 on Plot 26. Frank was well respected at the allotment and always had a friendly greeting for other plotters. As you might guess he accumulated a lot of helpful information regarding growing vegetables which he readily shared with other plotters. Our sympathies go to his wife Peggy and family.
To break with the spell of dreich weather of the last week we decided to amuse our readers with some of our members’ prowess at growing carrots.
4ft and 6in nonetheless, good effort!
Now that the long dark days are fast approaching perhaps it’s a good time to roam through your files and share your photographs with the community. Please send your entries to “pozaicer” [at] “yahoo” dot “com”.