A slow Saturday

Late this morning, I dragged myself out to the allotment. It’s been a manic week at work and I am absolutely wiped. I arrived and spent a happy hour nattering to Cliff, Phil and Geoff. It turns out that while I have been at work, the bees have spent a week away before Phil brought them back today. It’s a quirk of bees that you can move them 2-3 feet or miles, nothing in between or else you run the risk of losing them.There has also been a wild colony of bumble bees appear near the wilderness area. In previous years, the colony has been living in a bird house. They didn’t reappear last year but that may have been due to the weather. This year, they have taken up residence in a black compost bin by the back of someone’s shed. It’s a lovely sight and proof that the wildlife area built at the back of the site is working well.The nuc box Phil dropped back is busy and the bees are busy settling back onto site. The plan is to transfer them tomorrow into the proper hive. We will also check the other hive as it will probably need splitting again as the colony qill have grown significantly over the last few weeks.I went down and fed the chickens in the main coop. Happily, Fizz seems back to her normal self and followed me around the coop clucking at me to feed them faster. I opened the nest box to find 4 eggs, three cream legbars and a vorwerk one. I don’t know what the Black Rocks are doing but I told them to stop slacking and get back go egg laying.Next I checked on Emily and her chicks. They have grown enormously in the last few days. Their feathers are coming through properly now and Emily is beginning to get rather fed up with their constant demands. It won’t be much longer before the chicks will need their own space away from Emily. They still enjoy jumping on her back for a ride which whilst hilarious, is winding her up more!The flower garden has burst into bloom. It’s so lovely to see the other flowers beginning to bud and open. I plan to make another flower area towards the bottom of the plot, near the fruit section. It’s not only nice to look at, but a chance to help the bees.I walked around site for a bit, enjoying the best of the growing season. On my way back to the shed, I checked on the fruit bushes. The honeyberry and other berry bush I thought had died, seem to be slowly coming back to life.The raspberries, blackberries and tayberries are growing well. The two surviving black currant bushes planted from Geoff’s big bush are thriving. The fruit is setting and I hope to enjoy the crop before the birds get their share!Despite the mare’s tail refusing to die in the strawberry bed, I was so excited to see the strawberry plants are beginning to grow fruit. These are pineapple strawberries, best described as inverse strawberries. They are mainly white with red flecks when ripe. Or that’s the theory.The rhubarb section, despite digging up a wheelbarrowful and giving it to my parents, is growing back. I only noticed as the weed fabric was raised up. I gently lifted it up to find the blasted rhubarb growing again. Honestly, it’s like a weed!I spent a while doing some weeding of the barked sections and between the slabs on the patio. By now, the weather was even muggier and I called it a day.

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