Friday, 13 June 2014

The Joys of A24a

Hey there lovely people and welcome to the weekend! I hope you get at least one good wee segment of time to yourself to enjoy your lottie or garden in the next days. May the weather be just tip top!

I told you I was last at my own plot on the 1st June, eeek!, that's only one weekend missed and it feels like forever. I shall definately be at beautiful 24a tomorrow, I'll be easy to spot - just look out for the girl who seems to be dying from the sheer force of nature herself....blasted hayfever!!!! I've been on the medication a month now and doing fine but during this week, something crazy has happened and I often wish I simply didn't have a nose of the a roof of the mouth - arrrghh. She* does is you know, even though I love her, she attacks my face every year to some degree. (*nature)

Anywho, time for a photo update on 24a, I wonder how much it's changed already!?

The four main beds in 24a - 'growourown.blogspot.com' - An allotment blog
The four main beds and so much green goodness....
But even better than a few photos I have something special for you all today. Yes, let me revel in the drum roll that is going on in my head right now (can you hear it??) I bring to you a HAND DRAWN PLAN!! (And the crowd goes wild!!!)

Hand drawn plan of a24a - 'growourown.blogspot.com' - An allotment blog
pretty awesome plan of the plot June 2014
I hope it's self explanatory; the the brown is bark mulch and then around the shed there are cement paving slabs and pink gravel. OK, it's not as good as when Andrew draws a plan and it's all to scale and perfect but mine is colourful and gives you the same idea :) Feel free to ask questions or complain about my handwriting being hard to read.
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I drew the plan last night and finished it this morning whilst Miss Maggie was with the Vet. Maggie remains 'the wonder dog' but she has been finding it impossible to use her right back leg, it has wasted away and after treatment for arthritis wasn't helping she needed more tests. Turns out she has nerve damage (it may even been in her spine), she isn't paralysed in that leg but she doesn't feel it much apart from some discomfort :( We also discovered she has liver damage. 
Limpy Maggie - 'growourown.blogspot.com' - An allotment blog
As seen on Instagram this afternoon
At least she didn't have to go through with an x-ray as she is a little old for all that and has a heart murmur - the sedation could have been dangerous. So we are much happier to now know what is going on and I have pain medication for her if she has a bad day.

Well must go, my nose needs blowed, again...
Love 
Carrie

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  1. I'm liking your plan :) Hugs to Maggie.

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    1. Thank you Mo. I worked hard on it :) Maggie gladly accepts your hugs, she's in need of some loving today xxxx

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  2. Your plot is beautiful, I'm sooooooo jealous!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much. We work so hard but still, sometimes it never feels enough, I really appreciate your kind encouragement :)

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  3. so sorry to hear about Maggie, she is such a dear little dog!
    We expect a wet weekend, so I spent most of yesterday and ALL of today catching up on a runaway chunk of garden (3 weeks of flu has trashed my gardening routine)

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    1. Three weeks of flu!! Oh sweet Diana, that's awful. Hope you are feeling better xxx Maggie is a feisty little girl. She'll cope, I hope xx

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  4. The plan is perfect. Poor Maggie - it is a worry when pets are not 100% and can't tell you what is wrong. Hope you are both feeling better soon.

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    1. Thank you Sue, you do say the nicest things :) Maggie and Myself are going okay, there's fight and feistiness in these two girls yet :) x

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  5. Hayfever here too, annoying isn't it. Especially when we like pollen and flowers and bees. Sigh. The allotment is looking immaculate, you have worked hard. And I love the plan - bet you had fun doing it as well. Sorry your sweet little doggie is having some problems. I hope the medication helps her. Have a good Sunday Carrie. CJ xx

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    1. It's no secret, colouring pencils are like a drug to me, I love, I need them. 'Back to school' stationery events are the death of me :) Our wee plot does look good in that photo and we have written to the allotment manager and asked that they keep up better over all maintenance and getting rid of bad plot holders - it's happening :) Oh, and Maggie is still feisty and coping well xxx

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  6. Lovely concept and design.............!!!

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  7. Looking good, both in the photos and on the plan. My sympathies with the hayfever as I used to suffer from it in my teens but thankfully it stopped. I hope that Maggie is okay. Take care, Flighty xx

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    1. Aww Flighty, you gentleman, thank you xx
      Hope you're well, I have much catching up on my blog reading to do!

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  8. Oh, darling Maggie. She's such a good plot companion. I hope she isn't in too much discomfort. Sending her hugs (well, maybe not from the cats). Your plan is beautiful and already so well implemented! I'm so impressed with both yours and Andrew's diligence.

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    1. Don't mention the word 'cats' to Maggie - oh she's a sweet girl, but there is one cat that likes to poo in her garden and quite frankly...she hates it's guts! Haha. Thank you for the praise and thus encouragement, we really do need to get cracking though....2 weeks off is almost a death wish on the plots! xx

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  9. Hello there sweetie ! so sorry about the hay fever .. I have it too, have a tissue with me all the time and even then I can be a total mess.
    Your allotment looks so professional ! and that drawing is perfect ! .. you are going to have a bumper crop no doubt what so ever : )
    Maggie is a trooper ... I hope she is not in too much pain ... she is such a sweet little thing .. fingers crossed for her and you too !

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    1. No! Not you too sweet Joy, hay fever is pure evil. I've got better medication now and it's really helping though my eyes are burning all the time, ggrrr. I hate the whole nose running phase - where does all that watery mess come from!!?
      Thanks for you wishes to Maggie, I think she's handling it all really well. I'll give her a tickle from you now xx
      Hope you are good, I must catch up on your blog, I'm always getting behind. Love and hugs!

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  10. The hand-drawn plan is wonderful. I like all the colors and the writing. I would never complain about your writing as it's very clear.

    I'm late to this post and I so I hope you are feeling better. I had the flu in November right before my marriage and it was terrible, but as they "this too shall pass." It did and I'm hoping your bug has departed as well.

    Regarding Maggie, it is so hard as they get older, but I liked what you said to Diana. She will cope! That's one of the nice things about animals. They are not as aware of their problems as we tend to me. I think sometimes I could learn a lot from the animals I"ve had:~)

    The plot looks nice and green. Well, be good to yourself, okay?

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    1. Sara - are you an angel? You are so kind to me all the times you visit. Thank you x

      I have a little bangle I had made by a jeweller on Etsy and it has the words 'this too shall pass' letter stamped on it. I wear it regularly when I am in the dumps. It's difficult to think of change (for the better) occurring when you are in the middle of doom, isn't it?

      I believe you are right about animals not over thinking things and just coping, it would be great if we didn't have such awareness sometimes. It would be great if we could switch off the negatives too and just cope better with our short lives. Animals do seem to have it just right.

      Love and hugs, hope your blog break helped you. I must catch up now your back!

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