I am literally buzzing with excitement after taking delivery of my new cordless strimmer (for some reason I find the word “strimmer” amusing but that may just be me). Anyway, I have this new device and have spent the last couple of days testing it on my allotment. The battery is supposed to last long enough to edge two football pitches but I am merely using the machine to keep the grass paths on my plot in check. Previously I’d have to cut them by hand using shears, which was arduous and time-consuming so the strimmer is good news. However, I nearly strimmed a frog today, which was worrying. It reminded me of the time I sliced a frog with my spade, which was dreadful for all concerned. I felt a sickening burden of guilt although I think it was just a flesh wound and the frog survived the attack (maybe).
These last couple of weeks I have been busy preparing my beds for next year as well as harvesting Jerusalem artichokes, pumpkins and the last couple of courgettes. Meanwhile Dan has been busy booking the Can You Dig It? tour, lining up dates in 2012 and 2013. Watch this space for more details. We took part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on Saturday as part of a gig organised by our good friend and fellow musical comedian Helen Arney. When Helen told the audience they had some allotment-based musical comedy to look forward to, one woman near the front gasped in horror. Turned out she had left her shed unlocked. We all spent the rest of the evening worrying about it.