Alf – a great admirer of royalty and the royals – today salutes his Queen for setting an example on how to lower the household bills in tough times.
In The Herald today, he found this inspiring news from the Observer.
As a 14-year-old, she picked up a spade and joined the rest of wartime Britain in the Dig for Victory campaign. Seven decades later, though no longer wielding the spade herself, the Queen, now 83, has again embraced the “grow your own” movement.
For the first time since the war, fruit and vegetables are to be found in an allotment-sized plot in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
The yield will not be sufficient to wholly sustain the British royal family and palace staff, and a 16ha back garden negates the inconvenience of allotment waiting list times of up to 40 years in some London boroughs.
But from now on token quantities of fresh tomatoes, beans, onions, leeks, carrots and other homegrown produce will be transported to the palace kitchen.
The first harvest – a selection of Cambridge Favourite strawberries – was served to the Queen and Prince Philip, on his 88th birthday last week.
Mind you, the new bunch in the White House got there first.
US President Barack Obama put his wife in charge of a White House herb and vege patch, but the Queen’s plans are said to have been devised much earlier.
Anyway, growing your own veggies is to be expected from a left-leaning leader. But not from our monarch.
The greenies should be pleased, too. Chemicals have been banned.
Dunno if they are doing this sort of thing at Government House or Premier House. If they aren’t, they bloody well should.
Alf will certainly be setting an example for constituents at his home in Eketahuna – he has already asked Mrs Grumble to get cracking with the scythe and whack back the uncut grass. Then she will be digging a patch of ground for some vegetables (but no bloody parsnips, thanks).