So my first visit to the allotment in 19 days on the way home from inspecting two properties, and that was only because I had to pass the site. I dropped off three food buckets of shredded paper and to see what's going on plant wise and weed wise.
My Brother-in-Law has been in hospital for three weeks, with low blood pressure & heart problems and was released home and within a day was re admitted only to collapse in the hospital AMU ward with his heart stopping and having to be revived by a nurse using CPR. He was then transferred up to the Intensive Care Unit which he has been in for the last week.
So daily visits to see him and keep his spirits up, interwound with work and decorating the second largest bedroom so that my second daughter can take over the first daughters bedroom now she has left home and is getting married has taken priority, over any form of gardening or the allotment.
The weeds have taken advantage of the fact I have not been around and have populated the two beetroot beds. I harvested by far the longest and fattest cucumber I have ever grown it was more like a marrow. I have courgettes that are beyond marrow size, and finally butternut squash that are actually large enough to be worth harvesting.
The temperature is dropping daily, there is dew on the car and grass now each morning, and one way or another I have shoe horn some time in to harvest as much as I can this weekend before I loose it to the weather when the frost hits, and every bone in my body is telling me that's not going to be long.
The good news is that although only between 5 - 9 degrees C this Sunday, its going to be dry, plus the clocks go back. So I have far too much to achieve on Sunday Morning but I will do what I can.
I still have the three Power Planter augers to play with, the good news is that the universal smartphone tripod adaptor that I have been waiting for so that I can actually video myself testing and using the power planters has finally arrived.