2020 in review..

Hello! It’s been a while since my last update, and since then we’ve had 124,000 unnecessary deaths because Boris Johnson is an arsehole.

Also my allotment related news is I’ve surrendered half of my plot because the Plot Secretary kept hassling me that I wasn’t keeping on top of it, which I was, but I couldn’t be bothered to argue with him.

We have a new secretary now anyway. I’ve not met them yet but apparently he keeps Bees 🐝🐝

Here’s some photos!

MARCH 2021

I’ve never been a huge fan of burning organic matter, but I’ve accumulated so much of it it’s just the easiest way to clear it and keep the plot looking tidy.

The rest of the photos will be chronological working back to today, I just picked this one first as it was the most eyecatching.


A crabapple tree which was donated to me by my European allotment neighbour who had decided to leave the UK after Brexit.

It’s now dead because the bloke who has taken on the bottom half of my plot chopped it down.

MARCH 2020

Blossom from yellow plum tree (or whatever the fuck fruit it is?)

I gave this tree a prune by removing branches I decided it didn’t need because someone said I should and it didn’t produce any of it’s stupid small yellow fruit anyway.

April 2020 Free Potatoes

I was a bit worried I’d missed the chance to get potatoes this year, so was nice to find someone had just left some out for people to help themselves

MAY 2020

Classic gratuitous Globe Artichoke shot

MAY 2020

So this is the top half of what was the entire plot after starting to clear things out.

Since taking on the plot I’d been focussing on the bottom half and not really had time to get on top of this as well. Particular since I’d spent so much time campaigning for The Labour Party, only to discover allegations that Anti-Corbyn Labour officials worked to lose general election to oust Jeremy Corbyn.

Then not only that, but the party decided to delay releasing the enquiry into these allegations, which Black Mp’s suggested meant the party is not serious on racism. Imagine devoting years of life to such a duplicitous organisation.

The Flamingo was a few quid from B&M Stores.

MAY 2020 Chitting Potatoes
MAY 2020 Seed Audit
JUNE 2020 Seedlings to plant out

Sweetcorn, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Kale, Sprouts, Courgette, Pumpkin and Squashes.

June 2020

New Perennial Flower bed in front (with plants I bought on offer from Thompson and Morgan) and Potatoes ‘earthing up’ nicely. Also nice Dahlia in the background.

JUNE 2020 #solidarity #pride🌈

JULY 2020 Sweet Williams

JULY 2020 Delphinium

JULY 2020
JULY 2020 Cut flowers from plot!
August 2020 Perennials and Bulbs showing off now

This season I started experimenting with growing my own midi instruments and was pleased with this Akai APC Mini.

AUGUST 2020 Neighbours Plum Tree

Les next door asked if I’d like to pick some of his plums. He doesn’t talk about Brexit as much for some reason? we mainly talk about the Green Parakeet’s which fly around the plot.

SEPTEMBER 2020 Gladioli, and pink flower
SEPTEMBER 2020 Sunflower (the best flower)
OCTOBER 2020 Dahlia close up

In hindsight, buying a Keytar was probably my peak lockdown purchase..

I’ll probably get to grips with this at some point, the assignable realtime controls have a lot of scope for use with Ableton live, and I could even control the session view with the pads.

Although in some ways it might have been better to get the one with onboard sounds so I could pick it up and play it more easily, but that model didn’t have as good midi functionality.

And it does look pretty cool with a strategically placed globe light behind it.

Also, remember this guy? No?

Anyway, I found him again.

I also initially played Animal Crossing ‘Pocket Camp’ quite a lot during lockdown. But it was the scaled down iPad and it got a bit dull after a while.


Winter, after a not especially productive, but always fun year.


Got lot’s of tidying up to do, but lot’s of potential for another fun year on “Al’s Allotment”

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