After Monday the weather has been quite nice. Not roasting but pleasant would be the best description. Unfortunately, apart from watering and harvesting tomatoes that are ripening well, I’ve not got much done on the plot.
I’ve been really tied up with the website for starters. The blessed robot scripts had been trying to submit links to the site for various products that I wouldn’t want to see on a gardening site and when they were pumping the hundreds in it was time to take action.
This was one of those jobs that I thought would take about 2 hours and it ended up being nearer 2 days. It did give me the opportunity to re-check the links and I discovered one of them had stopped working that I felt was pretty useful. It was the list of all the council web sites which are the first port of call if you’re trying to find an allotment.
So we settled down with a list of local authorities and Google to find all their web sites. I should have known better and I’d had enough when I was half way through but to quote “I’ve started so I’ll finish”
Anyway, that got done, published and I announced it in the ‘new on site’ section here. I just hope it is useful.
Now while all this was going on my computer decided to play up. I suspect the graphic card is to blame for it’s new habit of showing text strangely. It’s running fine and then starts do things like displaying L as a comma – so like becomes ,ike which is confusing. It doesn’t last too long, the machine inevitably crashes usually losing some work.
I have another graphics card so obviously swapping it was the answer except that after uninstalling the old card and fitting the new one, I realised I was short of an adaptor that I need to get the video to the monitor.
Reverse the procedure and get on Ebay to buy a DVI to VGA converter. That’s arrived so today’s job is to swap the card in the machine.
Trouble on the plot
I suppose it’s time to actually talk about the allotment now! The kids have been back and the mummy’s darlings have thrown stones through a greenhouse. They’d used some pallets to make it easier to get over the fence and untied the sheet we’d put up from the fence.
Petty crime isn’t petty, it means that one of our plotholders has to spend time and money just to enjoy his hobby. It’s disheartening and frustrating. Of course the police have bigger problems than a few naughty kids throwing stones and even if they catch them what can they do? The weapon of the judicial system and asbos seems like taking a sledgehammer to a nut but the days of a clip round the ear have gone. But we really should do something about this vandalism.
Anyway, one of our plotholders came up with an idea – his suggestion was to try to catch them and take a photo. He thinks they’ll be so worried that the police will do something that they won’t bother us again if we tell them we’re giving the photo to the police.
So Larry and I quietly went round the site last night at dusk. Unfortunately they were not there so we couldn’t put the theory to the test. It’s very strange on the site as night draws in. So quiet and peaceful, a different world.