Some blogs I know

  • Freckles and Doubt
    Considering her mastery of narrative structure etc. (insert narrative structure here.....)
  • Trailer Park Refugee | just three shots of tequila away from a bar fight….
    Just three shots of tequila away from a bar fight...
  • Exile on Pain Street | Straddling the Hudson River. One foot in NYC, the other in suburban New Jersey.
    One man's story, etc.....
  • Fat Man on a Keyboard
    'At first they came for the smokers but I did not speak out as I did not smoke. Then they came for the binge drinkers but I said nothing as I did not binge. Now they have an obesity strategy...'
  • New York Bike Blog
  • Belgian Waffle
    Prolific? Bien sur. Waffle? Not a bit of it. The best thing to come out of Belgium since Leffe Blonde, and that is saying something.
  • Non-working monkey
    'Why taking work seriously turns you into a cock', among other lifesavingly important career advice.
  • Razorblade of life
    'Not so much cutting-edge as half-cut and still sliding'...
  • blue cat
    This blue cat fellow (he writes for the telly you know) issues forth an apparently effortless stream of grade-A funniness that has me overcome in turns by helpless laughter and shameful, powerful envy. There I've said it.
  • Joella
    Joella in Oxfordshire. Working for The Man while training to be a plumber (I think!). Loves gherkins, hates aubergines... and Fascists.
  • Bushra
    Bushra's blog/ homepage/ call it what you want
  • Dubsteps (formerly Hobo Tread)
    Thoughts of Skif, a Havant and Waterlooville fan exiled in Liverpool- possibly the most engaging non-league football writing to be found on the web- and with a little bit of politics, and plenty more beside!
  • Tired Dad
    The Man Who Very Nearly Fell Asleep
  • troubled diva.
    Mike, the self-styled 'Fairy Godmother of British Blogging'. He got us all published in a book, you know...
  • Private Secret Diary
    Dispatches from deepest Norfolk. Not that private and not that secret. Just consistently hilarious.
  • The man who fell asleep; Sadness and ecstasy in unequal measures
    The book inspired by this veteran site (A Year in the life of The Man Who Fell Asleep) features the 'sarcastic polar bears of north London' among other oddities that the author manages somehow to render absolutely plausible.
  • Pete Ashton's Internet Presence
    Birmingham's finest. Writing with enviable clarity on every subject under the sun since 2000 (a very long time indeed!). Now with added nice pictures of canals and stuff...
  • Looby
    'An awkward, clumsy fellow; a lubber; a novice'....a venerated (if refreshingly irreverent) blogging institution. Lancaster's very finest!
  • RichardHerring.com
    The comedian Richard Herring's kind of online diary thing. Always worth a visit.

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May 29, 2019



Well thank Goodness for Tatties, leeks and onions, is all I can say!
As far as sweetcorn goes, I think 2 out of 5 is somewhat ambitious. At least it would be up here in the REAL North of England. Gardening down there in the south must be a breeze with your tropical climate and abundance of rain. Up here we have slugs the size of frogs and pigeons like eagles so we are familiar with the need for impenetrable defences. This year we are going for a subtle approach with discarded CDs dangling from lines of string (like a washing line) which we are assured will flash blindingly in the eyes of the approaching pigeons sending them scurrying away to some other plot. To deter slugs we are undecided between the lure of lager traps(where they die happy) or copper tapes surrounding each plant which we are assured they will not cross.
Here's hoping and Good Luck down there!


I enjoyed the latest news from Crinkly Allotments. As a fellow allotmenteer, I can guarantee a veg that will give you a 5/5 return.

The humble radish (variety, French Breakfast) is a certainty.


Funny John should mention the radish there. Of all the vegetables t th at have been drained of their taste, miss tomatoes and radish the most. They're very easy to grow and come to fruition very quickly, so I'm tempted to gave a go. Have a good time in Wales and may your produceflourush.


This is a sound approach to reporting on progress of the green thingies! If i were betting, i'm thinking you can up the odds of sweetcorn survival. That stuff grows like weeds around here! It will likely need no additional structural support! Looking forward to the next update!


Thank you Daisyfae. I can tell you the sweetcorn is faring well- even in these northerly conditions. Tiny little pointy things peeping out from within their lavish foldy-leaved protection now- which I take to be the actual corns. Wonders never cease!

Looby/ Allotment John. Radishes, hell yes. I seem to have forgotten to plant the packetful of seeds I've got. But given their famed speediness I've still got time for ample successive sowings (as the proper gardeners would say/do; never got the hang of the 'successive sowing' lark myself; tend to either throw the whole packet in of whatever, or forget about it entirely till the following year).

Isabelle- good luck with those homemade pest deterrents. If I was a betting man, I'd say blind-drunk slugs are a more likely successful outcome han shine-blinded pigeons- but who am I to know? Look forward to finding out!

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