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Allotment - before

The allotment - the first 'before' picture.

As a good Marxist geographer, this last term has seen me take a step back from my consumption-driven lifestyle and thus the perpetuation of the economic and class elite that profits from the social construction that is the Saturday shopping outing. At any rate, if I’m asked, that’s the reason I’m sticking to. It probably has nothing to do with tight funds and a hectic schedule of coursework. The latest step in the war on consumption is our adoption of an allotment – something which not all lairy urban geographers would understand (although at least one anarchist-Quaker lecturer from last year would (see field trip)). Again, this probably has nothing to do with being persuaded by someone much smarter than me that it’s a good idea.

So it’s quite possible that this blog will from now on be featuring plenty of discussion of our allotment, and that’s all good. We spent our first morning there yesterday, suitably welly-booted due to the drizzle. A good job really: although thoughtfully (?) covered by some old carpet to prevent the weeds, the ground was well and truly waterlogged – the soil in Mill Hill seems to be 99% modelling clay in its consistency, and the ponds lay large on the ground. Yesterday was therefore more of an exploratory task – exploring how much junk there was, how much carpet had to be gotten rid of, how many brambles needed to be destroyed, how many trees needed uprooting, how many breeze blocks needed removing, and not least, how tough our arms are going to have to be. In that respect, success: although not close to the digging stage yet, we certainly made a visible impression. It’s going to be fun!

Allotment - before

Allotment - before the work commenced

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