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September 22, 2009


Even I, on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. now feel satisfied regarding West London Allotments. Thanks to your lovely tour. Those pears!

A very superior class of allotments, indeed!

Pomona x

Really enjoyed your tour of the allotments. Vine and marigold bower being my favourite. It has reminded me to plant out those marigolds now. Every morning I click on your blog to feast on your evocative photos - thanks!

Your captions made me laugh out loud! Brilliant. I've always imagined that one has to be a member of a secret allotment society to be allowed in to snoop

...and I JUST watched an Inspector Lewis re-run where he turns down his allotment (you can guess why -- work!)... Pix are great, as usual, and the captions hilarious (pretentious?!! no, I don't think so!)

I meant to leave a comment about this last week... I was reading about artist Chris Cyprus who does allotment art (http://www.allotmentart.com/) and I thought it might be of interest to you and Tom. The photos are really beautiful... as usual! Aoife x

Very nice photo essay! And the variety in the allotments is stupendous! I'm sure it was hard not to photograph each and every one.

Oh yes, these are very beautiful... the last pear one is my favorite.

Your photos (and obviously the allotments) are absolutely beautiful - I want to frame each one of them (just as lovely as Tom's), I can't choose a favourite.

The allotments are marvelous - I just loved them. Now I want to come for the next OpenHouse day.

My grandad used to have an allotment in Norwich and there were always onions hanging in his shed, just like the first couple of pics. It's 40 years since I was last in that shed and I can still smell its mix of coaldust and onions.
The very word 'allotments' conjures up my old grandad. Wonderful.
BTW: How do you tie up those onions? Are they tied on to a string? I do have some dim memory of Grandad twisting the dried leaves together somehow.

What beautiful pictures, so glad you were able to finally go in and have a look. I bet it was a superb day.

I live next door to one of the oldest (possibly the oldest allotment sites in England) in Wiltshire. It's a treat to walk around them and admire everyone else's productivity. Mine is a little disorganised although it is the only one that has bunting!

If there was a 'Good Gardener's Wicket Gate' does this mean that somewhere among the 385 there was a Bad Gardener's Wicked Gate'?

I have allotment enny, and you have just made it sooooo much worse...

Gorgeous pictures as usual.x

Oh goodness, that would be allotment ENVY... I'm not with it today!

so, so beautiful ... love your point of view, always makes me smile, always makes me hope, always makes me try again, thanks

I`ve never commented before but I`m getting the idea that you really like allotments :) Allotments are blissful places to spend your time. Mine is at the top of a small hill, which rolls down to a tree lined stream at the bottom. Time is irrelevant there, and you would never guess, if you look down the way, that we are in an urban area, next to a derelict building where addicts hang out. Love your pictures, and have been enjoying your books and recipes.

I also have an allotment, it does take up alot of our time and its sooo rewarding, ive taken a few photos there this summer and they are lovely to look back on as we head into autumn....yours are lovely Jane!

"Allotments" always reminds me of EastEnders, where I first heard the term. So much Fowler Family drama there! If I ever do an Allotments by Jane Brocket quilt, as I hope to do, I will not be able to resist embroidering "RIP Arthur" and "RIP Mark" on it somewhere. (We are 6 years behind on our episodes here, but I'm guessing "RIP Pauline" is also going to be a propos.)

Love the organized chaos of gardeners.

Love the allotments, so lovely in all its chaos and end of season over growingness.

I love this photo essay. One of the things I miss most about no longer being in the midwestern states of the United States is the nonexistence of fall here in Oakland, California. Your photos make me so homesick for this season back amongst the gardens of our town in central Illinois. I will be back to look at these pictures again this fall when I feel out of touch with the season.

I love these pictures. The watering can picture is my favorite.

I am glad you got to visit. I know that was a real treat for you.

I have just read your blog for the first time. You have a beautiful way with words and pictures.

I liked the good gardner's wicket gate and the bridge - brought back many memories of our visit there. Thanks for sharing

OK, after seeing your photos, I want an allotment! Yea, even though I live in Colorado! And your captions make me laugh! Thanks.

thank you for tour

i can almost see the little
folk danceing round and about

wonderful gardens i live
in florida and ever so hot
but i was born in the north
they used to be called
victory gardens at one time

Wow - what a special beautiful place - I bet you felt like Mary from the Secret Garden a little!!! xxx

Fabulous pictures - they've really made me day and made me feel 'in touch' with autumn! x

Love Stanley Spencer paintings - he spent some time in the town my father was born during the war and painted "the Glen" a favourite one of mine.

I wonder how you get a pear tree to grow along a fence/wall like that. It looks so cool...


these are the pictures of my dreams.

a new blog reader, first time blog commenter, first time reader of your blog w/ a belated remark concerning your allotment quilt's "prize"- are you freaking kidding me?! It's my favorite quilt in the book, I've checked it out of the library 3 times just to look at this quilt, & to take to show a friend, & have begun my own version. sorry I don't have a real prize to send you. but I think it's swell!

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