From here to here (AGGIL 13)
It may not seem like much of an auspicious start... but it's a start!!
Almost three months ago now I first noticed that a whole load of bricks had been stacked up against a wall at the bottom of our road. Who had put them there? Was someone going to use them for something? Was there a carefully concealed camera looking on to catch a thief?
All fair questions maybe, though knowing folk in our area often 'freecycle' by popping unwanted items on the pavement or their front wall, my immediate thoughts were "Can I take them?", "These could be very useful at the allotment", and "I need to get a wheelbarrow to trundle them across to our plots."
And the next time I passed them I had exactly the same thoughts... and the next time I passed... and the next time... and the next...
On Monday, I took the bull by the horns, or maybe it's better to say I took the bricks by a wheelbarrow.
It might seem like a relatively simple job, and it certainly was, though the time it has taken me to get round to doing this is symptomatic of the last few months. I'm really hoping that now, as we get in to the real darker days of winter, I will have more time at the plots, allowing me (and Richard!) to get them sorted for spring sowings and the happy onslaught of growing all that is green.
So this simple job was really our first task to getting the new plot into some sort of shape; albeit only by moving bricks from one place to another! The bricks, which are a hodgepodge of different colours, shapes and sizes, will be used to put on top of cardboard to weight it down so that the winds don't blow this ground cover away over winter. When we can get compost, from our bin or elsewhere, we will place this on top of the cardboard, and the weight of that compost will replace these bricks, though these bricks will do well in the meantime.
So it was from here (above left), at the bottom of our road, that I wheeled the bricks to here (above right), at the side of the shed on our new plot. We also acquired some tiles (though I'm not really sure what we can do with them!), and a few pieces of wood which I'm sure will come in handy at some point.
The scavenging of bits and pieces that one finds on one's daily jaunts certainly help keep the cost of an allotment down, and sometimes you get an unexpected and truly treasureable find.
Happy days. 😊
A Guernsey Gardener in London, Day 13
21/11/2019 01:39:05 pm
Yayyyy I love those freebies can't wait to go on the journey with you two with your new plot..how is your back moving those bricks take care friend💌
25/11/2019 03:21:13 pm
Indeedy, don't we just love these freebie gifts that come our way - though of course one does need to look out for them, and act!! The back is fine thanks, it's the belly that needs some work!! 😊
21/11/2019 05:38:40 pm
I've got hundreds of bricks lying here Paul, but the shipping cost would prohibitive from Boonville, IN...its amazing the things here that folks leave out on the pavement to others to take...
25/11/2019 03:22:18 pm
I feel that shipping cost may break the bank Stephen, and more!! If only we could just teleport them... 🤔
21/11/2019 05:52:01 pm
Great find Paul. I picture you walking past several times hoping they’re still there but wondering shall I, shall I. Great recycling and will be useful over many years on your new plot. Great blog again.
25/11/2019 03:23:56 pm
Indeed Tracey, I walked by time and time again trying not to say "I must get these" though rather "I would like to try and make time to get these". In the end, it happened, and as you say will be useful for some years. 😊
21/11/2019 09:52:10 pm
Hi Paul, that is such a happy thought, to imagine you taking eventual action and trundling those bricks to the allotment! I can also imagine how useful those bricks will be in years to come... I am finding it difficult to find motivation during these dark, cold months so to read of you gathering yourself together to get on with a job you have been thinking about doing for months has really cheered me up!
25/11/2019 03:25:33 pm
Thanks you Izzy, and boy do I know what you mean about lacking motivation. I feel my mojo had very much gone and lost itself, though fingers crossed yesterday I felt it returning! So glad that this has cheered you up, as it did me too! 😊
24/11/2019 11:07:56 am
Great scavenge! One can never have too many bricks on an allotment (unless they're buried in the soil). It really does pay to keep an eye out on one's daily jaunts.
25/11/2019 03:26:22 pm
Absolutely Vivi... never too many bricks, nor slate tiles!! 😊
24/11/2019 09:17:58 pm
Hello Dear Paul.
25/11/2019 03:28:24 pm
My mum LOVES Money for Nothing - even recent repeats get a re-watch!! Unfortunately you are not allowed to take anything from our recycling centre as everything is seen to have a value, yet we can't even offer dosh for it!?!? 😊
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