Getting an allotment isn’t quite as straightforward a task as I’d hoped.
First, there’s the challenge of getting through to the allotment office, which seems to be at best understaffed and at worst empty. It took me several days just to get someone to answer the phone.
Then you need to pick a site. The closest site to me is also the site with the shortest waiting list in the area, so in theory my choice is simple, because there’s no need for me to choose between soonest or nearest. However, I’m expecting to buy a house in the next year or so, well before I’ll be offered a plot. So I don’t want a plot on the site nearest to my current house, but nearest to my next house, wherever that may be. If I move somewhere unexpected, and so change my mind about where I’d like a plot, then I’ll face a much longer wait: if you move from one waiting list to another then you go to the back of the queue.
Finally, there’s the waiting. Right now, I’m about 60th in line for a plot. I’m told that about 15 plots have been reallocated in the last year, which suggests that I’m looking at something like a four year wait, perhaps more.
Still, I’m young(ish), and once we’ve bought a house I plan on staying put for a very long time. If I’m lucky, when I finally get a plot, I could get a good thirty to forty years out of it, so it’ll be worth the wait.
However, I won’t have a lot to blog about for the foreseeable future. I think I’d better let this blog lie fallow for a while.