Thank you all for your comments on my last post - the overwhelming advice was that I should let the allotment go and focus on the garden at home so this is what I have decided to do. I have already told friends and family that I am leaving my allotment and I just need to get my sheds cleared and a few plants dug up before I let the committee know.
I still feel regret at the end of an era but that is unsurprising as I don't really like making decisions or change.
But you should see the effect focusing on our own garden has had!
We cleared the lawn and chopped back all the climbing plants from our garden and those clambering over the fence from next door, we gradually got rid of all the rubbish and junk that had accumulated and the children were very helpful digging big holes to sit in............
Our fabulous next door neighbour Malcolm rebuilt our greenhouse which was falling down, put up a screen for the bins and built decking to cover the drains, then created kits for us to build our own raised beds - complete with illustrated instructions IKEA-style!
Mr Locket then spent the entire day on Saturday painting the fences, sheds and walls while the children and I spent the day with my mum and dad while our friend Stuart very kindly re-wired our downstairs electrics.
Then on Sunday the whole family worked really hard painting
and building the raised beds
and transporting gravel from the drive to the garden in every available vessel they could find
as well as dressing themselves up in the weed-membrane and putting on a fashion show!
I am ashamed that it had got so bad but I am totally delighted with how it looks now and how it is going to look once we have vegetables and flowers growing. Everyone else is really pleased too and as we walked to school this morning Fred was telling me how nice our garden was and how he was going to tell his friends.
Now I need to get digging and start sowing my seeds - and I think I will have 3 quite eager little helpers which will be fantastic. It's like the old days when we all used to be enthusiastic about the allotment but on a much more manageable scale.