Allotment Things

I haven’t posted about the allotment before and thought that it was about time that I did. Reiss and I have a little bit of land thanks to his mum ๐Ÿ™‚ We currently have 5 beds, a poly tunnel, a courgette patch, a bath full of strawberries, one full of herbs, some fruit trees/bushes and 4 chickens.

Last weekend we decided that we would start to document our progress and failures through photography and film.

Some weeding was desperately needed! This is a long and backbreaking job but extremely rewarding!

before and after

If anyone can identify this extremely annoying weed and a way to keep it at bay, please help! Why does it only grow in the beds and not in the grass? I have been told it is bindweed but am not entirely sure?

bindweed onions

Whilst we were weeding we pulled some of the smaller onions as they were fallen over and apparently ‘ready’. However, as you can see they are still not much bigger than the bulbs… Again any thoughts as to why this could be? They have been overwintered.

harvest

These garlics were overwintered also, as you can see nothing has developed. The evidence above ground was healthy and strong. I am very confused!

garlic

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 

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Coalhouse Fort – Tilbury

Saturday 5th April

Reiss and I decided to take the dog for a family outing/photography trip to Coalhouse Fort situated in East Tilbury on The Thames’ Estuary.

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Strategically placed on the Essex peninsular, Coalhouse Point, this unique site has been developed as a defensive position from 1402. ย With a near 180 degree arc of fire across the bend in the River Thames at Stanford-le-Hope and back towards London this location was chosen as earthwork defences, Henrician blockhouse and the Victorian Coastal Defence fortress which stands today.”

There are many aspects to the area now, which include; a park area with a zip wire and picnic benches, marshland areas, the coastal area on the estuary including the watch tower, the Fort itself and some inlet water areas. Reiss and I didn’t venture into the Fort as it is only open on set days throughout the year, however the surrounding area is fascinating and offered fantastic photography opportunities.

Estuary Fort1 Skyward StepsIn the opposite direction, a power plant is in full view. A stark contrast to the natural beauty around you in the park area.

Handstand

Powerstation Powerstation2

The lookout tower has fallen into disrepair and has had some railings removed to stop the public getting to it.

Lookout

Lookout2 Handrail Brickwork Strut Strut2

Lastly their was the ‘beach’ area, it had so many wooden structures that have just been left to rot. They really were beautiful.

Waves Fingers in the sand Estury 1 Estuary 1 Estuary Reissย I don’t know if Reiss was aware that I was taking this picture, but he looked straight at me ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Seaweed

 

 

A family outing, choosing a Christmas tree!

Reiss’s grandad owns some land, on part of his land grows some Christmas trees. My Dad is not one to turn down a freebie, the catch is you have to choose and chop yourself. So this turns into a whole family outing complete with wellies and a saw! I am extremely glad I chose to document it, as it turned out to be quite fun!

Oh dear, so many to choose from…Reiss

How about this one?Mum and Dad

No, I think this one!Dad 2

This one it is then.

Chosen one

It’s not too big, honest.Reiss 2

Off to the van we go. ๐Ÿ™‚Dad

Snow Day

So last night I had decided that seeing as I had today off work, I would take part in the wordpress weekly photo challenge and get a photo for ‘reflection’. However, the weather had other ideas! I awoke this morning to see that it was snowing! The little girl in me allowed a little eeekkkk to escape. I checked to see that no one had heard me… then promptly began to get my camera battery on charge eagerly awaiting the snowfall to stop. I put on a ridiculous amount of layers, and walked over to the nature reserve with my little sis and the dog. The following is the result of my first camera snow day.

Pond

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frame

leaf3

Tree

Leaf

Shannon

Birdhouse

 

All pictures taken with the Canon 600d.