Monday, 24 September 2012

A day at Rosie's allotment

At the allotments they have had an open day. The day was sunny and hot and the allotment holders arrived early to lay out the cakes and put up the tent.

 Lots of gardeners entered the prize classes, the competition was fierce but friendly. Rosie was in charge of showing the judge around, whilst we manned the bric-a-brac stall, selling plants and old garden tools. The judge explained how to choose a prize carrot, how to present a champion onion and the things to look for in runner beans. The competition tables were presented with such care, each onion with it's top tied with coloured string, the tomatoes on perfect vines and even the ugliest vegetable scrubbed to look good.

 Rosie was the only entrant for the garden wines section, but the judge, in order to be fair, sampled her cherry wine thoroughly. Afterwards we had a barbecue. It was a lovely day and showed what enormous pleasure we can get from growing things and what fun it is to have an allotment too.

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