Kaleidoscope: Allotment


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After lunch we walked to the allotment by way of the canal. It was a warm sunny day, the sky was bright blue.

At the metal storage container we loaded tools onto a barrow which was trundled to the battlefield. A few locals were tending their plots or basking in the sunshine. Tasks to be done were suggested in a friendly tone not as military orders.

We uprooted a lot of big overgrown plants, their roots were gnarled claws. The freed soil was dug over and raked into tidy beds for seedlings. Not everything was hacked down, meadowsweet and foxglove were admired and spared. We tasted the strawberries, they were small but but packed a sweet punch.

I enjoyed walking on the crumbly warm soil in my bare feet. We had a tea break in the dappled shade of an Elderflower tree.

By GH (July 2014)

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Whale Writers Bank

This poem was taken from the WHALE writers bank which is located at reception in the WHALE Arts Centre. The bank is open to anyone who would like to submit a piece of creative writing or would like to read something written locally.

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