The visiting robin

When I arrived at the main garden entrance tonight it was the end of quite a sunny day. It had started as rain as ran across the car park at work this morning, but by this evening things were much brighter.

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My friend the robin was back again tonight, hopping around the turned earth almost as soon as I had started. I had spoken to the person who owns the neighbouring plot a few days earlier and they had seen it flitting around also.

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I started at the allotment tonight around 7:30pm. It was late because I was at work late, but the weather was too good to miss and for the first time this week I was home early enough to be able to dig something.

Last weekend I finally found some King Edward potatoes in one of the local shops. I had been looking for that variety ever since I started planting this year.

So I now have to make some space for planting a couple of rows. This means digging up the couch grass near the compost patch. This is probably the worst of it.

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The robin was all to happy to help out with the grubs. I even found a couple of leatherjackets which were soon made short work of.

By around 8:30pm it was starting to get dark and I had only completed a small patch and filled half a bag with stringy skutch roots. It was fairly hard going, but there was some definite progress tonight. Also, I figured I had just seen the last of the robin as the light started to fade: it had just made off with another fat jucy leatherjacket. So with that, I packed up and set off home.

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With any luck there will be some sunny weather over this weekend — some time between the rain clouds maybe? Possibly I will manage to get the King Edward potatoes in the ground.

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