The week the lurgy struck

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Its been an illness infested week for the green wellie brigade. On Monday morning (my son’s first day back at school after the Easter break) I was called at work to be told he was poorly and I’d need to come and collect him. Poor thing had a sickness bug. It’s been doing the rounds by all accounts, so off I went to collect him from the school office. The worst thing was, he told me he’d had tummy pains while we were getting ready for school that morning, but I’d thought he was suffering from the well-known back to school illness “Monday-itis” and with a stern, matron-like voice told him he’d feel better when he got to school. Well, I was guilt ridden for the rest of the day. Luckily it was a 24 hour bug, by Wednesday he was back on top form and back to school.

Thursday was a lovely sunny day and the first of my 2 days off this week so off to the plot I went. Digging and sorting out the canes for the peas were the jobs on the list along with day one of hardening off the onions and summer cauliflowers, and sowing the first round of my spring onions. Armed with my sun cream (got sun burned last week, not making the same mistake again) I spent a most enjoyable day pottering at the allotment.

My plan for Friday, the second of my 2 days off, was to continue digging over the Brassica beds for the second time (that bindweed never stops growing) and to prepare the ground for the beans and corn. This however was never to happen. Lurgy strike. On Friday morning I woke to stomach cramps and the dreaded sickness bug. How could this happen? I never get sick! I’m so grateful for my family. My sister sprung into action and got my son off to school. My parents picked him up from school, called in for an over night bag and have let him have a weekend break at Grandma and Granda’s house while I stay quarantined at home.

I did manage to hand over my allotment keys to my dad with the instructions to water the plants in the greenhouse. What a gem. Not only has he watered them, he sent pictures of the plants back to me so I could see how they were doing! My main worry was the cauliflowers. The last time I tried to harden them off they almost died, so it really helped so see the pictures of them looking fine and dandy.

Cauliflowers after their first day in the open

Cauliflowers after their first day in the open

It’s taken me almost 3 days to get over the horrible bug but tonight I managed a quick pit stop past the allotment on my way back from collecting my son from his weekend retreat. I’m pleased to see the allotment hasn’t become over run with weeds in the few days I’ve not made it along, and I’m pleased the peas are looking particularly good. (You know my next post will be how the slugs ate the peas)

Lovely peas

Lovely peas

The tomato plants are getting taller and stronger and the spinach is really starting to get going. The chilli peppers have even started to sprout up too. The blossom is now in full show on the apple tree and the tulips are just about ready to open. Things are looking good.

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Kale seedlings

Kale seedlings

Spinach micro salad

Spinach micro salad

I’m pleased the week is ending on a high note, and without the help of my family I’m sure it would be a different story. Thanks a million.

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