I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all my fellow allotmenteers. I hope that Santa brings you many pairs of gardening gloves, much gardening data, and the odd pair of wellies. I’ve already received a smashing pair of pink secateurs! This Christmas will be much the same as last year but with the addition of Ryan’s Dad who is flying in from Denver. Well… we hope he’s flying in. Between the snow in Colorado and fog in London it will be nothing short of a miracle if he makes it in time for the Queen’s speech. But we’re looking on the bright side. We’ve raided the stores and have the chutney, pickles and cassis ready to make their dining room debut. And a sackful of potatoes ready for roasting. My parsnips didn’t make it this year (too tiny to feed us all) so it will be down to the farmers market for me tomorrow. The photo is one of my favourite tree ornaments. It’s a banana split – how Christmassy is that?