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Travels on a Motorcycle

Overland journeys, allotment dilemas, cycling, open water swimming and walking a dog.

Mountain Art in Snowdonia

I love Snowdonia. Its beautifully wild. David Baily standard photos whichever direction I point my camera in. 

Yesterday was the 11th time I walked up Snowdon, something I’m very proud of. Each time I walk it, the scenery still catches my breath.

With the landscape so painted and photographed for its beauty, it was a surprise to find the two pieces of art near the top of the Pyg Track. 

Walkers have been leaving coins wedged in two fence posts for the last five years, possibly longer. One post fell over a couple of years ago and Snowdonia National Park did a straw poll asking if it should be re-set.  77% of responses said ‘yes’. 

The result is an evolving art installation that enhances the landscape, unique to the Pyg Track. Like prayer flags in Nepal.

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Does the dog like camping?

Possibly not. 

Bear Spud Update

Bears Spuds are coming up!

Bear’s Spuds

I can’t lie. There are some days when this allotment malarchy seems like black magic. Other allotmenteers tending their weed free plots of sieved earth. I’m not jealous, just in awe. 

I stood in my plot deciding which bit to weed first when a tall man with cap and a beard came and said hello.  This, although I didn’t know until later was Bear. And Bear turned out to be a very useful man to know. 

Bear asked about my plot, we chatted about travel and countries to visit.  The sun was shining, I was leaning on my fork. Allotmenting didn’t seem too hard. 

Bear also asked if I had my potatoes in.  I didn’t. Potatoes growing seem tricky; neat mounds of earth and then piling up when leaves show. I thought it might be a crop to tackle in season two. 

Before I knew it, Bear had commendeered my fork and I was scurrying around gathering up a rake and a length of string for a make shift line and we were preparing a small plot for potatoes. 

After digging a trench, we went to Bears polytunnel for potatoes. 

The small potatoes were spaced about a foot apart and the earth liked on top into a long, neat mound with a pointed summit. 

I marked them up ‘Bears Spuds’. 

Help! Mystery veg ID needed! 

My friend kindly brought some lovely leafy veggies as a gift for my new allotment. Thank yoi Sian. 

As this growing malarchy is new to me can anyone help ID this veg please?

Fabulous onions, bloomin weeds

After the mix of glorious sunshine shine and rain over the last couple of weeks the allotment is lush and green. My onions are coming on a treat. But the weeds are blossoming too. So much so, that I have had an email from the allotment secretary gently asking how I am and whether I’d be sorting the weeds out sometime soon.  It’s a never ending battle. If I could eat weeds as well as the veg I’d be a prize winning allotment owner. 

The cucumber seedlings that i nurtured from seed and then planted outside have become a snack for the pigeons despite my best efforts to protect them. Happily,  the seedlings in the polytunnel are going from strength to strength. 

The garlic and tomatoes in the polytunnel are also doing well. 

Outside, the French beans are coming on. I cheated with these as bought from a garden centre rather than grew from seed. Husband said how much he liked French beans (news to me!) so I have obliged. 

The plants I am really looking forward to getting in the ground are the peppers. My lean to is packed with pots of jalapenos, capsicum, orientals. All from seed, all in vast quantity. While this is my first allotment season, I grew chillies in the garden last year and I know how they work. I’m enjoying the familiarity and I’m happy to have grown them from seed. I’ve grown more in case I can trade plants with other allotmenteers.

The mystery veg is coming on a treat and is the mystery cabbage (I think it’s cabbage). 

Bear (great big bearded truck driver from plot 80 something) helped me get some new potatoes in. I’ve named them Bears Spuds. The spud rows look like I know what I’m doing. 

So today.  After I have walked the hound and been out for a maiden voyage in my canoe this morning the allotment beckons. My small haven of weeds, mystery and happiness.

Off the lead for the first time….

I am guardian to this lovely hound. She is a rescue dog and has spent the last year at the RSPCA. I haven’t learnt how to recall her yet so doesn’t usually come off the lead. But when she gets the chance, she loves it! 

Dear weather,

Dear UK weather, please take the lead from Barbados and stop hailing! It’s Spring! Thank you. 

(Photo take Feb 2017 at Dover Beach, Barbados. Taken on Samsung edge with a Fisher app)

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