Frank Spencer at the allotments

I went to the allotment today to assemble a small cage I purchased to keep the pigeons off the vegetables. I bought what I thought was an easy click-together frame but when I pulled it out I discovered screws and I hadn’t taken a screwdriver with me. Who carries a screwdriver around with them? I got increasingly frustrated slotting poles together only to see them fall out again as soon as I let go. At one point I had it in one piece but upside-down and when I tried to right it everything fell apart again. It was like an episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em but with me playing the part of Frank Spencer.

Just when I was about to give up, Graeme, another plot-holder, came to the rescue and helped me put it together. Graeme had a screwdriver. Here’s the end result.


Thank you, Graeme. I couldn’t have done it without you. Here’s Graeme with his newly harvested potatoes.


My slug beer traps have been very effective. Here are the slugs I’ve caught in one week.


5 responses to “Frank Spencer at the allotments”

  1. Hilarious! At least you got there at the end. I got as far as Path and Lawn Weedkillers today. Weeds are my biggest problem in the garden, slugs are in the house!

  2. What? You don’t carry a screwdriver? Scandalous.

  3. That looks very posh. My brassica cage is a load of rusty iron bars (inherited from the previous plot-owner) and some bamboo canes jerry-rigged with some netting thrown over it. It does seem to work though. I’ve also made a fruit cage from an old clothes drier “liberated” from a skip.

    Seems slightly early to be harvesting potatoes, still I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. My first earlies are still in the ground ….

  4. > My slug beer traps have been very effective. Here are the slugs I’ve caught in one week.

    At least they died happy! 😀

    1. True! Hopefully it was quick and painless.

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