This morning was spent pond digging. About 20cm into the top soil we (well Nigel) hit pure sand. I always knew that our soil was really sandy, but didn't realise to what extent. The road that the alloments run off is, I think, the course of an old river, and we do have underground springs apparently on the allotment site.
After digging out the hole and putting the liner in place we excitedly went to fill the pond only to find that the water supply had been switched off for the winter! Oh well, we'll have to watch it fill up bit bit with rainwater.
It actually feels much more like November today, so I have got a soup of sweet potato, leek, butternut squash, carrot, parsnip, ginger, garlic and chilli on the go - a real winter warmer!