The Absence of Barrel
All the bramble cutting and disgusting plant pot removal needed to be done, but what they all essentially were, were precursors to removing the bloody green barrel that I absolutely hated. If anyone is reading my allotment adventures regularly you’ll have seen several photos were it featured predominately, principally because it was so obvious, I’d walk across the allotment and I’d be able to see my plot in the distance purely because of this great big green barrel with planks of wood sticking out of it and I don’t want my plot to be known as the plot with the green barrel with bits of wood sticking out of it! The majority of the wood (and the canes and the metal piping) were either rotten or in the case of the metal piping, rusting, so unusuable anyway, so once again all in the category of ‘shouldn’t be there’.
So I had removed the last of the disgusting plant pots that I could reach and I finally got the chance to fling some wood around and as I emptied the barrel piece by piece I learnt that the reason why I’ve seen so many ball pit balls around, the ex-owners had been using them to top plant canes, so now I know. So out came more ball pit balls, nearly all of the large pieces of wood, cane and pipe out, when I then lift out the next plank of wood and sitting on it is the most disgustingly big and horrible and menacing spider I’d seen in a long time (and I’ve seen a lot recently, Kingston is covered in them, as they are every Autumn), so I drop the plank back into the barrel with an embarrassingly girly screech. Now I’m not phobic about spiders, you can’t work on an allotment for a start without seeing a lot of them, but I so don’t like seeing great big mean nasty looking ones, so I peered cautiously back into the barrel, checking each remaining long piece of wood as I pulled it out, as I caught glimpses of a long leg or two scuttling behind the remaining short planks that I was going to have to reach in and get. But I wasn’t that brave, so once all the long stuff had gone I manhandled the barrel and with some difficulty tipped out the rest of the wood and canes, then peered back into the barrel, where Mr. Spider was wondering where all his junk had gone.
And yes I know that white thing on the right of the last photo is asbestos, yet another thing to remove (safely).