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Monthly Archives: June, 2015

Installing a new hive

We’ve been asked to set up a hive in a new location.  We’ve got some bees (but that part comes later) bad need to create a home for them.  First … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 5 Comments

Swanning About

Swanning about the local area is wonderful. As a benefit of the water management systems which create lots of ditches and small canals there are many water birds. So there … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 2 Comments


Bees are amazing. There’s lots of incredible things about them.     This bumble bee has been working so hard. She’s collected a massive bag of pollen. It takes visits to … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 8 Comments

Plotting Growth 

The allotment is a curious thing. The weather dominates work and progress.  But regardless of the climate and the effort stuff gets busy growing.    We’ve already had a few … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cute Coot

Yesterday while walking a friend’s dog we saw a great example of nature and tenacity.  A coot was bringing sticks to a nest in the middle of the drainage ditch. … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Experience over Things

We’ve got plenty of stuff. We even did a declutter month in February which barely scrapped the surface.  So one thin I really like is gifts that involve participation rather … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 7 Comments

Homemade Bug Spray

Officially it’s not allowed to make your own treatments for bugs and problems on your allotment.  (So I’m not advocating that anyone tries this on their plants.) Black Fly on … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 12 Comments

Fixing the Pump

 Dutch allotments often don’t have a water tap. That’s a good thing. Ours is bounded by ditches or sloots that are part of the countrywide drainage system where water levels … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Disappointing meal + Happy Ending

On Monday I visited a local hotel with friends that has a restaurant which claims to offer fine dining.  I was reluctant as hotel food in The Netherlands has often … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 7 Comments

One plum tree: A Reprieve?

it seems that the natural world moves in very mysterious ways. Yesterday I posted about our one plum tree and my consideration that it should be axed.  I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 14 Comments

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