Exciting news!!! I have had a phone call from the Hillmorton Allotment Association to say that a plot has become available. Much sooner than expected! He said there was one definite one, and a couple of other possible ones, so I may even have a choice. I'm meeting him on Saturday morning to have a look, but in the meantime I couldn't resist hot-footing it straight down there as soon as I'd put the phone down. If I have understood him correctly, it is this one:
I hope so as it's right in a corner, like my current one. It is a bit smaller though, but not by too much. The gate on the left appears to lead into someone's back garden. To the left of the gate, out of the picture, is a water butt that comes off the shed in the garden, although the butt is in the allotment. On the bottom left is a strawberry patch, and to the right, a couple of currant bushes. Goodness knows what's in all those bags. I have studied it on Google Earth and established that it faces south lengthways, so apart from a bit of shade at one end first thing in the morning, it will have the sun most of the day.
He said this one would be available in about a month's time, when the present tenant has moved off it. The timing couldn't be more perfect, as the rent is due on my current allotment next month. So that solves my dilemma about whether to own up to having moved. All I have to do now is borrow a friend or relative with a trailer, to help me move all my stuff over there.
It will mean sacrificing my purple sprouting brocolli, and the garlic that I put in in November, but I will make sure I dig up and eat/freeze/give away all the leeks and parsnips that are still in the ground. Luckily I hadn't put any broad beans in yet.
I'm planning to order my greenhouse at the end of January, so double excitement! Looks like I'll be pretty busy in February, I hope the weather will be on my side.