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    Farmer_Gyles is offline Cropper
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    Default A losing battle ......

    the arthritis is making it difficult to get things done and haven't been getting up the allotment as much as i need to .......
    the pigeons have had all the brassicas - even the ones i planted the other day and netted (the netting came away)
    the sweetcorn is not even 2ft high and it's gone to seed
    the carrots and beetroot are lost in the weeds
    the peas all died
    the raspberries have dried out and the fruit is no good
    lost 1 of the 4 cucumbers i planted the other day
    got 3 rows of spuds i can't dig up
    the strawberries look dead
    the pumpkins look like they're on the way out too
    all i have left now are 10 celery, 4 courgettes, 3 cucumbers and maybe the pumpkins, plus the fruit that was already there before i took the plot

    almost a year of hard work gone to waste .......

    on the plus side, i discovered a blackcurrant bush under the weeds .......

    only another 6 weeks before my hospital appointment ...........

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    Well there you go then FG, a plus side. And you can ask Su and her mate to help you out when she has time.
    I'm sure the arthritis doesnt make anything easy, but anything you can do on your plot is a battle won.
    Cheer up fella, life aint all bad.
    Petit a petit le oiseau fait son nid, as they say where I live.
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    Life's disappointments are so much harder to take if you don't know any swear words.

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    Oh dear FG, you are having a tough time!
    As Bob said there is the plus side of finding a blackcurrant bush.
    Hopefully they will be able to help once you have your hospital appointment. 6 weeks may seem ages but it will be here before you know it.
    Shame none of my family live in Purley anymore I'm sure one of them would have been willing to give you a hand if they did. Is Su coming to visit anytime soon?
    Maybe you could get your son to do at least some watering for you. Mine's 11 and loves that bit of gardening (there is a risk of getting wet though) possibly offer a reward for his help.....?
    I hope you are feeling better soon.
    Take care

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    Oh dear FG :-( seems we are in the boat, except my crops were destroyed and stolen by the person I shared the lottie with!

    There is always next year isnt there? Wish I was closer so I could come help, mind ya, ask around I am sure there are others who will want to help. Hope your feeling better soon xx
    Dont worry about tomorrow, live for today

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    FG, so sorry to hear your problems, it's so dispiriting when you've been looking forward to so much. Won't anyone else on your lottie site help? The old chap (well he's about 4-5 yrs older than me) next to my plot has been ill and in hospital, so I've weeded most of his plot which was brimming with willow herb and groundsel, I've done it to help him but there is an upside for me in that those weeds will not flower and seed all over my plot. He's a nice old guy and his plot is his life, he'd be devastated if he could no longer do it. Have you told people on your site about your predicament?

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    I know it's probably no consolation now, but arthritis is always worse in hot weather you might feel a little better as the temperatures cool.
    Into each life some rain must fall........but this is getting ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allotmentlady View Post
    Oh dear FG :-( seems we are in the boat, except my crops were destroyed and stolen by the person I shared the lottie with!

    There is always next year isnt there? Wish I was closer so I could come help, mind ya, ask around I am sure there are others who will want to help. Hope your feeling better soon xx
    OMG thats terrible AL and no on, i am sure i will find the whole story soon x

    And FG bloody hell you helped and i cant help you as i cant get to you and your lottie everyday or i would!!! cant anyone help you like the nice bloke next door! all it is is a watering!!! not fair is it, sorry! why not scrap the lottie , get son to dig up the spuds, and work on your garden stuff instead!!!

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    I hope you feel better soon Farmer Giles.

    Could you speak to the lottie committee and ask them to see if there is anyone on the waiting list who would be willing to come in and share with you now. Maybe some of this years work could still be salvaged.

    From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

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