If you'd like to encounter witches and warlocks, spectres and skeletons, then put on your spookiest costume and head for Northfields Allotments in West Ealing on Saturday October 27. There, from 3pm to 7pm, you can join our Halloween Pumpkin Trail, all eerily lit by Jack-O'Lanterns.
On Saturday morning (1st February) a group of Northfield allotment plot holders and local residents got together to put a plan into action. Luck was with them because the sun shone - not a drop of rain fell all morning.
Last night thirty plot holders turned up for the inaugural AGM of the Ealing Dean Allotment Society. We did a bit of tweaking to the proposed constitution and then we took a vote. Everyone was in favour of the new constitution - no one voted against and there were no abstentions.
I have a favourite TV programme - it's called DIY SOS. They help people who have become overwhelmed with the task of extending their home. Some poor soul works every weekend, every evening, every spare moment - but the building work never seems to be finished. Then maybe illness slows them down and it all grinds to a halt. At DIY SOS they bring expertise - but importantly they throw a lot of people at the problem.
We have a plot - unloved and neglected - in the corner of the site. It has been left unused for a long time and the longer it is left the worse it will get. It's really sad because it is a great plot, the soil is good and there are even some raised beds. There are two fruit trees, raspberries, holly for a Christmas wreath, and you can see bulbs pushing through the soil. It is close to a gate and water - what more could you want.
The winter Solstice is today Saturday, December 21. Although we often think as the Solstice as the whole day it will officially happen for those of us in London at 17:11. If you want to know when it happens where you live, the times are here.