I’m very much a cup half full kind of gal and envy is not part of my day to day existence. Today, however, the green eyed monster leapt well and truly out of the bag when I came across Steph’s shed of wonderment. Steph inherited this shed and all it’s treasures when she found herself at the top of the allotment waiting list in April this year.
Coming across Steph’s blog got me thinking about the concept of 6 degrees of separation. Let me explain:
a) The Informal Gardener is one of my favourite blogs and it’s creator Miss M and I share a love of gardening and black cats. I wrote about Mikey last week and implored her to share her 5 black beauties, which she did.
b) after a few virtual strokes of Miss M’s felines I scanned her blogroll and The Green Grower caught my eye. One click later I was green with envy exploring Steph’s shed on her allotment in Cheltenham. Cue thoughts about 6 degrees of separation…
c) 6 degrees of separation is the idea that if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person their friends’ know, then everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth. I grew up in Cheltenham so it’s highly likely I know someone Steph knows. If this proves not to be the case then our mutual blogging friend Miss M all the way over in Canada is a mighty fine link in the chain and just shows how much smaller the world becomes through on-line networks.
I’d really like to know if Steph inherited some magic hours along with the clock in her shed. As well as working, gardening and cooking she finds time for creating gorgeous glass fused crafts and gifts. And blogs about that as well! So if you’re on the look out for unusual hand made gifts this Christmas you might like to take a nosy over to Steph’s on-line shop (she’ll even do custom made commissions). Anyway, back to the subject of allotments. My bird on a wire for all things green and local, otherwise known as my neighbour Pat, tells me that Gloucester’s City Centre Community Partnership (GCCCP) have made a proposal to turn the old Bowling Green in the heart of the city into a community area. Various suggested uses for the derelict space have been made and I shall be contacting the firstname.lastname@example.org to cast my vote for a community allotment area. Especially when elsewhere in the County allotment holders are fighting plans to build an access road through their allotments for a new housing development. And in London the Manor Road Allotments were bulldozed this year to make way for the 2012 Olympics. Devastating.