Life on the allotment is settling into a routine. I turn up after dropping the kids off at school. Connect a hose to the site tap and leave it filling the water butt whilst I water the seedbed with a can. Check the water butt is still only half full so leave it filling whilst I get on with a bit of digging. Other allotment holders pass by and make encouraging comments,
"You're doing really well"
"Thanks, it's not exactly digging weather is it?"
"Do you need any cabbage seedlings? I have some left over"
"That would be brilliant, thanks!"
"Do you know your butt's overflowing?"
"Yes, it's these shorts"
Oh, I see what you mean.
I've got double digging down to a fine art. Working along one strip at a time - dig to a double spade depth then dig the next strip, heaving the earth into the hole left by the last lot, like this http://tinyurl.com/frt4m Until I hit several panes of glass stacked one on top of the other about 18" down. So I spent the last hour scrobbling around in the muck like one of the Time Team http://www.channel4.com/history/timeteam/ picking out millions of shards of glass and trying not to catch tetanus. I think I may need Ed to do some digging at the weekend after all.