11 January 2010

I'll just go for a nice walk in the snow

Despite it snowing heavily again this morning, it seems like it's beginning to melt a bit too (if you see what I mean!), so after dropping the kids off at school thought I'd go for a wander and take some pictures. [Bit gutted for the kids really as I can't remember having seen so much snow for many, many years and they still haven't had a day off!].

So I trudged up the hill, observed 13 men from the council 'clearing' the paths at the local shops - only two of them were actually doing anything at the time, but I think it may have been a tea break - chatted with the owner of the local fruit and veg shop (apparently it was just our local area on top of the hill where it was still snowing) and headed towards plot no 2. It's fairly picturesque out there at the best of times, unfortunately the cloud was a bit low though...

A nice fire to keep warm by?
Eventually made it to check out plot no 2 - it's been a loooong time since I was there (early December?). The 'gate' was missing, not unusual, but the greenhouse didn't look right either. From the entrance it wasn't quite possible to tell what was wrong with it but as I got closer it was obvious someone had a nice bonfire with it - it once had polycarbonate panels. Sadly they have all melted away, the frame is broken and as far as I can tell they nicked my home made 'earth boxes' as well - which was the most upsetting thing of all. The greenhouse came with the plot so I didn't pay for that but the 'earth boxes' I paid for and made myself. OK they only cost about a fiver to make and what use they'd be to anyone other than a gardener I don't know - the boxes had holes in the side for excess water to drain out. No doubt someone will be back to nick the aluminum from the frame at some point so maybe I should take it down and flog it for scrap myself before they get the chance?

Strangely the shed, which I always think is an arsonists dream - it's made of wood, climbers all over it, etc. - remained completely untouched, lock hadn't even been tampered with. If it wasn't for the apple trees on the plot I'd be tempted to give it up to be honest. Hopefully it will seem a bit better when it's not so 'fresh'. I did report it and no doubt the police will ring back about it, but it'll just be another statistic where nothing ever happens. Pictures (of cloud and sad looking remains of a greenhouse) when I've cheered up :>(

So Michelle if you see another greenhouse advertised... ;>)


Liz said...

Seriously it'll just be some bored 12-15 yr olds with nothing else to do and even less brains who did it.

I do wish we could punch kids like this but sadly they are also the type of kids who know their rights and will be the first to go screaming to their parents and the police...

(not that I've ever punched anyone in my life, but this sort of behaviour would wind anyone up)

Sorry to hear about your problems, but with the weather as it is, I imagine many other allotments are having the same problems because no one is around to scare the kids away.

Susan Gee said...

What a shame. The dirty swines.

Woody Wilbury said...

Sorry to hear about this, Rob. It's really dispiriting when stuff like this happens, and quite hard to avoid "Red Mist" moments.