I lost my best friend 7 weeks ago. My beautiful German Shepherd Boudica sadly passed away after sudden illness, she was 12.5 years old. Even though she lived a long and happy life I was and still am absolutely devastated.
I have blogged about her love of visiting the allotment with me and she features in my allotment YouTube videos which I have lost all desire to carry on with, I have tried, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. It’s just too raw right now.
At the moment I am looking after Rosie, a young and very cheeky Jack Russell Terrier who belongs to my aunt and uncle. I offered to look after her while they are away on holiday rather than her going to the pet sitter. She is bringing lots of fun back to my life and the house is ‘alive’ again, anyone who has lost a dog will understand what I mean by that.
Yesterday I took Rosie to the allotment, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this but it was actually lovely to see a dog on the plot again and didn’t upset me as I feared it might. She loved every moment and so did I, even though she ran through a raised bed of garlic. Oops. I smoothed the soil back over to fill in the paw prints, no harm done.
This was my first proper visit to the allotment since my quick check after Storm Eunice and I’m pleased to report there wasn’t any damage after Storm Franklin either, just a brassica hoop blown over which is very lucky indeed. It was lovely to spend some proper time on the plot without being blown about and the sun was shining which always helps.
I noticed buds beginning to swell on the blackcurrant bushes and the broad beans still standing upright, protected from the storms under a cloche.
The rhubarb patch in front of the shed is looking great, almost time for a crumble.
What do we have here? Purple sprouting broccoli is coming!
Rosie inspecting the January King cabbages which are still looking great. This variety is my favourite winter cabbage to date.
I had a quick look at Plot 11w before heading home, the area I cleared and levelled for the shed base is very soggy after the storms, too wet to do anything with at the moment. The slabs I got for free are lined up ready, I just need a dry weekend and some spare time and this will be the next job to tick off the list.
I think Rosie really enjoyed being at the allotment and was very well behaved considering it was her first time.
I might take her there again.