Is there more doom and gloomaround the corner for the somewhat weak UK economy?
I read today that the North African problems may result in the price of a barrel of oil doubling - it seems that the price will be set by what the speculators decide to do - no doubt they will make their money and a quick killing leaving the ordinary man in the street to suffer.
All price increases filter down to Joe Public in the form of increased prices not just for petrol but food, energy and transport.
In the short term the government will be happy with the increased tax revenues but will that euphoria soon disappear as unemployment rises?
A good word euphoria - my dictionary states it means a feeling of great but often unjustified or exaggerated happiness.
This word could be applied to many things that are happening in the world at the present time ..
Potatoes are now chitting and awaiting planting late March or early April. Last year was a disaster for main potato crop - they were eaten by slugs !! This year we will concentrate on early varieties and hopefully the crop will be lifted by July/August before the slugs hatch. The favoured types are Pentland Javelin and Maris Peer.
Onion sets are planted in trays and as soon as they have developed roots will be transferred direct into the ground. We understand that if the sets are planted with roots then the birds will have a harder time trying to pull them out of the ground - that is one of the major problems with onions.
Imagine our dismay to find the allotment plot covered in water. Our plot is surrounded by steep slopes and during the winter heavy rains the water has drained down onto us and the ground has become soaked.
With the aid of some well dug channels we have managed to drain some of the water away and the land is now starting to dry - let's hope for a spell of dry weather.
Ten days of dodgy telephone and internet connection has prevented any Blogging during the last week - hopefully the communication problems are now rectified.
Every two or three years we have these problems and the result is always the same - BT have to dig up the pavement !! I guess over time water gets into the junction box or whatever it is called and does what water likes to do - cause chaos ...
The good news is that I should get a rebate on the next bill.
Hopefully I'll get a few Blog entries in during this next week.