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Tired of being tired

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Each year since I started running an allotment, there comes a point where I’ve been tired for such a long number of weeks that I actually get tired of being tired. I am there now.

As you read this, I am completely shattered as I’ve been on the go with hardly a break for the past three weeks. Virtually every daylight hour has been spent either working on the allotment, looking after the bees or walking the dog. Throw into the mix a heck of a lot of cooking and harvesting, plus several evenings spent jarring-up honey, and it seems like I can go longer remember what it’s like to be not-tired. It reminds me of when my children were very young.

Of course, I shouldn’t grumble, because it is all of my own making, but I think it should be highlighted that having an allotment can be very physically demanding. If any of you think it is a sedate pastime for the elderly, then you’re very, very wrong.

On the plus side, the point at which I get completely knacked is moving later and later into the year, so I guess I’m getting physically fitter. My first allotment was the most tiring, but it was also the smallest. I could barely dig for ten minutes without getting backache. Now I can manage two hours.

The other thing to know, is that each year I’ve been taking on more and more. This year, for the first time, I found myself in the happy position of having a glut. Fantastic! It’s what we all want. But the physical act of harvesting, storing, cleaning, cooking, preserving and freezing it, has meant that I have been as busy in the early autumn as I was in the spring. I have also sold my first honey at the Dundee Flower Show — a major milestone.

So, overall, there’s much to be happy about. But I can tell you part of me is really looking forward to the winter slow-down.

2 thoughts on “Tired of being tired

  1. As you say, you’ve been getting busier and busier each year, yet getting to the point of being “done” is moving farther and farther back. Sounds like you’re doing pretty darn well to me!
    Having a glut of produce is a fine achievement in itself, but you’ve also begun selling honey, which is an amazing achievement.

  2. Thanks, Anna. Very kind of you. Overall, I’m very happy with things, but at the moment of writing I was just feeling shattered. I’m sure you know how it is. But I’m back on my feet now, and preparing for winter!

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