I hadn't been down on the plot for several days as I was getting ready to go away in the caravan for the weekend. However the trip was curtailed when I had a breakdown on the M27 and was rescued home! Thus Sunday morning was available for my usual visit to Roeshot.
I started by shopping at the Trading but for the bags of horse compost I will use to grow my greenhouse tomatoes in. While there I got waylaid into helping with a couple of jobs to help out so it made sense to stop off at the cafe and have coffee and some delicious coffee and sultana cake before going to the plot.
I eventually managed to get to the plot and prepared to put in the supports for my over-wintered broad beans. That entailed a return visit to the Trading Hut to buy 10 short canes but before long I had pushed them in and topped them with protective yoghurt bottles and was running a string round about 20cm from the ground. I was running the second string at double the height when the string in my tin ran out. That necessitated yet another trip to the Trading Hut just before they closed for a new ball.
Unfortunately the largest ball doesn't fit the tin so I had to get the middle size which is length for length more expensive. On the other hand it is easier to handle!
Having finished with the beans I moved on to clearing more of the rubbish from my shed.
There were quite a few signs of nibbling by the rats/mice and the smell was not good. While one hose came out and was rolled onto my reel, the second was obviously too rigid and cracked at every twist. This was the one that I had left out in the sun last year, something I will try not to repeat! It went into a dustbin ready to go down the top.
I had cleared quite a chunk of materials, saving some but ditching quite a bit, when it started to rain so I packed up and went home. Unfortunately when I got home I was violently ill with diarrhoea and sickness. I wondered if it was the coffee and cake but I have checked and no-one else has suffered so it must be the rat/mouse infestation that caused it.
Next time I plan to wear a boiler suit and face mask as well as my gloves!