We are taking our time putting our allotment garden to sleep this fall. Most of the plant material has been cleared except for some swiss chard and a half row of lovely fall carrots. We’d tried the carrots a few weeks ago and they were delicious. After a frost we knew they would be even better.
The worst of people
You can imagine our surprise (and perhaps some of the things we said) when we met at the garden this week, shovels and forks in hand, thinking of enjoying those carrots and they were gone! Pulled up and taken. The thief or thieves must be into composting for they pulled the tops off the carrots and laid them neatly down on top the now empty row. The nerve! Carrots are pretty inexpensive in the store. Whoever you are, we’d rather you go to the green grocer for your vegetables! You have to be a certain sort to take something someone else has planted, watered and tended.
The best of people
On the same visit to the garden, a woman who has walked by and chatted with us throughout the gardening season came by to say hello. We had given her some swiss chard earlier in the year and she wanted us to come by for coffee and a snack to say thank you. And so we did. The snack turned out to be hearty delicious Lebanese lunch complete with Lebanese coffee! Mmmm good!
Within a 3 hour period on a sunny late fall afternoon we saw the worst of people and the best of people.