All my uncertainty over the allotment has been washed away. Our allotment is not one of the tidiest or weed free places, it does sometimes feel like a burden I could do without, and the things we produce are not going to win any prizes either, but my goodness, it is so much more than a source of food.
I managed to convince the children to spend some time down there this week, and they were busy digging potatoes, picking beans, pulling up the spent broad bean plants, watering, playing tug of war with the hose pipe, and fighting with hoes and rakes! We munched on plums, and raspberries and made the most of the blackberries that had overrun the currant bushes.
After having had a rough week with my own head and emotions, the allotment was the salve my body needed, grounding myself, calming, and basking in the sun I have recently started to fear.
The promise of the bounty to come as we head towards harvest...
And surprise successes, the onions I grew from seed, was late planting out, and thought if I got spring onions from them I would be lucky, but look, they are actually proper onion sized, not whoppers, but they'll do very nicely thank you. I won't show you the courgettes or sweetcorn, as neither are amounting to much at all.
So I promise the ground I will nurture it over this next year, and as a friend told me, a gardeners motto is that "there is always next season!"