I know, I couldn’t resist the silly wordplay and for those of you who know us we have indeed taken on an allotment. It is not true to say that it is a lot of work as the previous allotmenteer (is there such a term?), Trevor, left everything in pretty shipshape fashion. It is in a very breezy part of the county with splendid views of the Humber Bridge and a lovely cutting wind from Siberia at times! Anyway more of that later – perhaps another blog? Of course this doesn’t mean that we have neglected the garden at Green Lane and in fairness that does need a lot of work and it is unfortunately being used as a temporary storing and work space. After the roofers had finished – thank you to Billy and his team from Acorn Roofing & Building Services for a renewed roof and a Velux window which when we get to that stage will flood our staircase and back room with light (presently it is only illuminating the loft!). In the interests of being green Chris and I had decided, well, to be honest, I had unilaterally decided to keep all the old slates and the laths so we could use them in and around the house. So far we have used a fair amount of smashed up slate to serve as ground cover in our tiny front garden area and there is still another side to complete; I am hoping that this will be done this weekend. Fortunately when our sons were on ‘holiday’ from Panama they put in several hours hard labour on the smashing up slate rota and covering the front garden area; nice job boys! Of course we still had an enormous heap to use so Chris has built a ‘raised bed’ which is now housing the remains of the slate and which for the moment acts as an attractive ‘bed’ for all our potted plants, as well as a repository. The laths were another challenge but the reasonable ones have been absorbed into battening for the shed and other small house and garden projects but the majority will be used for kindling for the woodburner. This serves two purposes, firstly it uses the spare wood and secondly it is much easier to harvest the nails after the wood has been burnt – these are being collected for the metal re-cycling. Chris has bought us a Black Mulberry tree and we are busy cultivating seeds ready for both the allotment and the garden at home.
So, where have we been for the past few months? Well we submitted our plans for Green Lane; these were beautifully drawn up by Phil Bingham (many thanks, Phil) and we were delighted to hear that they had been passed in the first week of December 2014 but at this time not only were we knee deep in baubles and Christmas pudding but my Dad was in hospital and our daughter was extremely unwell and signed off work.
You’ll be glad to know that both Dad and daughter are now well recovered and after a great family Christmas Chris and I decided to jump in at the deep end and move into our ‘renovation project’ and do all the work whilst living here! Yup, I know, Chris and I had talked it over, discussed the pros and cons, determined on a sensible course – we would move in after we had renovated so that all the mess and disruption would not have to be endured on a daily basis – yet we still decided to move in before work started!
Well, the decision was partly forced on us by ‘Time Team’! As I just wrote, our planning was granted but we had a couple of points regarding the fact that our home is in an area of historical interest so any building work is subject to investigation if any artefacts or bones are uncovered. We are very happy to comply with the regulations but it altered our ideas as we felt we might need to reconsider our original plans.
So we moved in! Updates and progress will be in the next entry – I promise not to leave it too long.