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Summer sunshine … ??

Exciting times over on the Adriatic this week, when a violent storm hit the Venice strip, taking out trees, cars and mobile homes.

Marina di Venezia lost two tents, and the live unit on Union Lido is looking somewhat wonky, to say the least.

Site staff, couriers and maintenance have been working round the clock to fix the damage and clear up the mess, while Alison mans the phones in the office in a bid to rehouse the homeless and send imminent arrivals elsewhere.

Just what we all need in the middle of August!

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Union Lido …. think it might need re-levelling.

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I want to complain about the Ents in my accommodation please ….

Area Supervisor Gail Fox had to eat her words following an earlier comment about being glad to see a bit of storm coming in to take the edge off the heat. Careful what you wish for there!

Gardeners’ question time

Confirmation today that courier live emplacements offer a higher standard of living than your Newsblog correspondent’s actual house, with gardens outside every other live mobile. Really, some of us barely have space for a geranium.

Most of our gardeners have gone for the practical vegetable patch approach, though if this is in a bid to supplement wages with home grown produce, you’re probably out of luck – John and Julie at Holiday Marina reckon you’d be lucky to break even once you’ve bought pots, plants and compost. Still, you do get the benefit of fresh organic veggies, with the occasional free-range slug for bonus protein.

Château de Boisson have gone largely for tomatoes as usual, though Heather professes to be a bit disappointed with yield this season, blaming early hot weather.

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Looks like decent tomatoes to me.

Beach Garden have branched out into aubergines and courgettes as well as tomatoes, generating most of the ingredients for a decent ratatouille.

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Impressive aubergines at Beach Garden ….

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….. and the rest of the ratatouille. Nice tomatoes.

The award for Most Productive Allotment has to go to Holiday Marina, where John and Julie have managed a crop of actual potatoes on top of the usual mediterranean veg, as well as at least one melon and what looked like a year’s supply of chillies. They also stand to score for a fine crop of wild blackberries, though the body armour needed to harvest them safely could add substantially to the general gardening overhead.

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Holiday Marina’s market garden

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Nice melons!!! Sorry, childish innuendo.

Meantime, Cat and Kate at Sirene have ditched this practical approach, and gone largely for the hippy wildflower garden vibe, combined with what can only be described as a touch of trailer park chic, using a velour-upholstered massage chair vultured (er sorry, recycled) from the tip next door as a centrepiece.

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Team Sirene – a unique approach to courier horticulture.

Newsblog, meanwhile, hasn’t managed anything more spectacular than a couple of pots of rather meagre geraniums.

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Letting the side down with my mere geraniums

Home improvements

Courier accommodation has come a long way since the bad old days of leaky tents on odd scraps of wasteground next to the rubbish dump and half an hour’s walk from the shower.

Mod cons have moved on to the extent that we seem to have not one but two sites with car ports, which puts them one up on my actual house. Expecting to see a hot tub on someone’s decking any minute.

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Beach Garden’s Canvas-branded garage.

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And Chalain’s facility – room for the bikes as well.