Whilst my mother was planning what to eat, I was taking a rare day off to visit my small nephew (my work is just spiralling at the moment!). In between playing super heroes, where he was Spidey and I was the Increadible Hulk (I know, I am trying not to take it personally), we visited my sister's allotment.
My sister and various friends have clubbed together to start developing a new plot. Well, hardly new as people have been using that ground as an allotment since the nineteenth century probably. At the moment there is only earth, but this is great for a 3 year old boy to play with: just look at those fingernails!
Practicing at planting runner beans, he maintains... but will he eat them!
Anyway, in amongst all that dirt there are treasures: shards and shards of pottery and glass. Teapot handles, inkwells, medicine and beer bottles, ceramic marmalade pots, glass, clay pipes, and who knows what else. I found the following just walking around:
I would love to know what was in the pot with green lettering saying 'FRAN' 'Cloth'. We have often found shards like this in our own garden too:
One birthday, my partner, to surprise me, took one of my shards (or sherds, if we are going to get technical) to the jewellers and commisioned a pendant:
I love it. What have you found in your allotment or garden?
PS: Ralph Mills has written an MA about his archeological finds in his allotment: Fires of Prometeus which gets one thinking about everyday archeology.
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