The allotment edition
Internal monologue whilst choosing items for this post: *don't pick a smock, don't pick a smock* so what do I do - I only go and pick a bloody smock! Damn it.
I used to wear mostly jeans and ratty old t-shirts to the allotment but over the years have moved more towards dresses. This is not in an attempt to be glamorous on the plot or anything but dresses allow more freedom of movement which when you're digging and weeding is really useful. Pockets are a bonus and for the summer months anything that covers your shoulders to protect from sunburn (how old do I sound?).
- A decent pair of sunglasses are a must, the ones above are made of wood I NEED them!
- Wellies are another essential, I've actually got a pair that I've had for over ten years that only cost me £3.50 in the first place and despite wearing them all year round on the plot there is no sign of them giving up on me which is great! If they were to give up on me I think I would need to fuel my addiction to stripes with these wellibobs, the ankle height appeals as you're not shifting the extra weight of a full sized boot around (after four or more hours working on the plot you feel that extra weight!).
- Although I haven't included them in this wishlist a hat and a decent pair of gloves are a must. I wear a soft leather pair of gloves as they are sturdy and allow me to get in amongst the brambles without damaging myself, if you're not keen on leather sturdy cotton are also good but might restrict your movement if you get too big a pair.
- Is a mug an essential extra? Personally I think this spaceman mug is :)
- Anyone who has worked outside during those cold winter months will know that you need to take care of your hands, I don't think I will ever grow out of loving the satsuma range at The Body Shop. I've loved it since I was a teenager and still love it now.