We went up the allotment last weekend and picked lots of runner beans, dug up some more potatoes, which were huge - the ones that David gave us which were free from his son. We also picked pumpkins, courgettes, Boisenberries, etc.
Today we went up there for an hour or so, before the heavens opened. I was shocked to find that someone had stolen two of my four large cabbages, all my ready to eat courgettes, and I am sure a couple of pumpkins as well. I noticed that a gate I had secured with a big chunk of metal had been breached and the cabbages which were hidden in a bed in the fruit cage and netted, had the net taken off and the bare holes where the cabbages had been ripped out. Nasty, nasty, person.
I am giving up a big chunk of my middle plot, and leaving myself with just a third of a plot - if I get produce stolen or any damage next year then I will give up the plot altogether.
Patrick picked some more Boisenberries, and I picked almost a full bag of lovely runner beans - from just the few plants I had. I also picked three large orange pumpkins which grew on the compost bins, a couple of small ones, some lovely pattie pan courgettes - obviously the thief didn't like these, just the normal green ones, some little yellow squash - which he missed, and a couple of large courgettes which had turned into marrows.
I was so flipping cross, I felt like giving up all the plot. To think that over the years I have given away so many of my crops to other plot holders, and neighbours and even strangers who wander up there now and again. This year when I haven't been able to grow much because of the hot sunshine, someone goes and steals stuff.
It has to be someone who has a plot up there - as the cabbages were hidden and not visible unless you know they were there.
Still - I have just paid my rent for this year - £6 - which is a bargain, notified Mrs M of the theft and my giving up part of the plot - leaving me with just a third.
Off to bag up a big couldron of cooked plums and apples we got on holiday