2020 Covid-19 Memories
Cath Shearing, Carrick Knowe Allotments
With time to linger ....
It is my first year on this plot and I am very fortunate that lockdown afforded me the extra time and opportunity to really get to know the plot's character. It's seed bank and soil, the rhythm of passing trains and the inherited fruit trees and bushes. The wobbly fence posts, leaning shed and the misaligned gate latch that are all still delivering provided I showed them respect and learn to work with them.
My most memorable visits to the plot were made in the early evenings in May and early June. Despite the challenge of an exceptionally hot and dry spring the established plants still did their thing. On several evenings I simply sat on the ground between the comfrey and the raspberry patches and marvelled at the bees working the flowers as they are destined to do. The subsequent material benefit for me was of course fully pollinated and well shaped raspberries, but there was also something deeper that held me there much longer than I would have expected.
The relationship between flowers and pollinators is much heralded and in my opinion rightly so. My own evening pollinator experiences have led me to ask what other amazing inter-dependencies are happening on my plot that are not so readily witnessed but are equally precious. Included in that, I suppose, is the critter that took all my gooseberries!