I have been away all week working, and during this time the head Gardener Poppy became very ill with diabetes related complaints. Upon my return it became apparent that there was no way back this time from the condition so with great sadness we arranged for her to go to sleep for good this afternoon. she will be greatly missed but with fond memories. I will be raising a glass or two in her memory tonight. She was always first to the door when the word Allotment was mentioned.