Well, technically speaking it's quarter of an allotment - lots of councils now divide up original (huge) allotments into smaller segments so that more people can have some space to grow their own. Suits us though - there's no way I'd have the time and energy to keep on top of an entire allotment!
I know it doesn't look much - waist high weeds can do that for a patch of land - but within this 15'x15' (approximately) patch of land lies a redcurrant bush, a couple of blackcurrant bushes, two globe artichokes, a raspberry bush or two and several varieties of herbs, as well as plenty of space for more veggies and perhaps some more fruit (probably rhubarb. I love rhubarb).
The weather's not meant to be great this week (plus we are off to spend an entire day suit shopping and wedding-list-organising on Wednesday), but we're hoping to find the time to get this space cleared as soon as possible so we can get planting. Although, to be honest, we'd make a profit on the £7.25 (yup, really) annual rental just by cropping the currant bushes that are already there.
Now, ideas for toddler-entertainment at an allotment? He'll get his own little set of gardening tools (he has one for home as well), but any other ideas for outdoor occupation of a two-year-old are very welcome! There's a (small) clear patch right next to our allotment with space to set up a windbreak/sunshade and some toys or something. I suppose I could get a bug box, but frankly I'm not sure I'm brave enough to start identifying wiggly/slimy/scuttling things...