Slow painting

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Glimpses


My walk to work takes me past an allotment site. Every morning it tantalises me - here am I, heading into an office, when just the other side of the fence is where I would rather be.



Still, it makes for a good start to the day.

13 comments:

RainGardener said...

I don't blame you a bit. Looks a lot better than work! ;-)

donna said...

I can't stop looking at these photos. The sheds, one so bright and the other faded, the old wooden fence, the clay pots, the netting, the greenhouses, the bean poles, laundry hanging on the line, the apple tree and the very pretty and colorful flowers.

L. D. Burgus said...

Farming on a hill. That is an interesting photo.

Gretchen Joanna said...

Thanks for showing these interesting garden pictures. I don't know that term "allotment site." Does it just mean property with garden space?

Adrienne in Ohio said...

That is a nice scene for your morning "commute." How nice to have a property where the community can have their own little piece of garden. Do you have to purchase the plot?

Linda said...

Thank you all for the comments. An allotment site is normally land owned by the city council and leased in small parcels to city residents for the purpose of growing fruit and vegetables. They're common all over the UK. Each person has their own plot - it's not communal gardening, although there are communal facilities depending on the site - at least the basics of piped water and usually a toilet! The rent varies according to the city. Here in Edinburgh we pay £60 a year (about $95 US).

Tash said...

Looks so pretty and bountiful! (reminds me of the garden plots they have in Switzerland that can be seen all over from the trains)
So many beautiful flowers too.

I loved your bee/flower photograph and the open padlock. Exquisite.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Pure bliss to be toiling away in the garden!

Deslilas said...

That's what we call "jardins ouvriers" (worker's garden), they were very popular one hundred years ago.

Rafael said...

Hi Linda,

You are lucky to have a so pleasant way to your job. It is amazing to see so many plots in a so little space with a lot of things growing inside : flowers, vegetable, trees. Is there a medium size for this kind of plots? In Montpellier, the surface of municipal plots is about 100 square meters. Not enough to feed a family (or perhaps it is enough for excellent gardeners ;-) but food is not the only purpose.

Bergson said...

very beuatiful worker's garden

i hope they have a good collect like your collect of photos

pierre said...

In France, these parcels were distributed to workers to improve their food and keep them away from the pubs ... They are places of life very pleasant.
Thank you for visiting Linda.

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

I love these photos Linda - something so homely about them ...