From the first tentative offerings of tomatoes and strawberries, right up to the recent crops of potatoes and fresh lettuce leaves, we've had some good times here on the balcony - but all good things must come to an end.
The weirdness of what I am about to do was only brought home in the week whilst talking to a friend, I used the term "relocate the allotment" in conversation...which is bloody odd...allotments are set plots in a an enclosed space, not something you move - but this is how I have come to see the balcony, a little spot of quiet seclusion to grow.
So today will see the flat and by association the balcony emptied of my possessions, which any removal man will tell you can be a bit of a pain at the best of times, although I would expect that very few of them are asked to shift 200kgs of compost and veg down a flight of stairs - well volunteered Cameron!
With only the sale of the flat and a divorce 18 months or so away before things are really done and dusted, a rather tempestuous chapter of my life is drawing to a close, and in these hard times a little bit of perspective can go a long way - On this day in 1941 Adolf Hitler issued the command "submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired final solution of the Jewish question." thousands lost their lives, I just lost 3sqM of corrugated steel.
See you in the WD3.