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It’s really great working for an employer who gives you the flexibility to work from home.  Yesterday was another such day, and I really do feel I work better that way.

In the morning I cleared my diary to focus on some key work tasks that had to be finished by the end of the week.  And after taking a lunch break – where I visited the GP and storage-mart in Loudwater I returned home.

A letter was awaiting me, which put me in a bit of a spin. The local council had been inspecting our allotment and it had been found lacking.

Mr Panicky Poo into action

On the verge of eviction

I called the council straight away upon receipt of the letter. I’d arranged for Steve to come and help rotavate at the weekend and I was worried that any investment in the allotment might all be for nothing if we were served our 1 month’s notice.

This is what the council would have seen if they had visited the site this week.

Before we'd strimmed

It’s a jungle out there!

I explained to the council that we had mitigating circumstances. I sent the picture below, along with some emails that showed evidence of intent. We had been trying to hire a rotavator and getting to clear the site at the weekend.  How ironic!

Carrots, Potatoes, Strawberries, Onions, Leeks and various others

Fruit and Vegetables in-waiting for the allotment

Natalie had been working for weeks, months even, growing and planting – ready to transplant to the allotment – but it hadn’t yet been cleared.

I called Gary and after work he came to the rescue.  We headed up the plot and he took a strimmer straight to it – whilst I raked.

Readying the Plot

After Gary and I cleared a patch

Afterwards we headed back to the house.  It was a great chance for us to catch up, as well as for me to do some manual work for a change (I remember how much Caroline laughed when we told her!)

Destined for a crumble

Rhubarb from Gary

Back at the house, Gary gave us a present of some freshly cut Rhubarb before he headed off.

Later that evening I finished reading my book.

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