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My second day at the allotment and I had planned to catch a bus but instead hitched a lift with my daughter's drum teacher. In the hour before my lift home I continued clearing brambles and other dead matter from under a tree along the far wall. I discovered a canine skull that I thought could have belonged to a small dog or fox (9th March 2006).

I started the task of filling bin-bags ready to take to the council lorry the next morning. When I went to find my spade that I'd hidden under some wood I had salvaged from a nearby skip, I noticed the undeniable smell of decaying flesh. I decided to investigate and discovered to my horror the remains of something just under the surface of the earth, ribs clearly visible and hollow inside. I remembered that I had been clearing plastic and old carpets from this spot sometime the previous week and had probably inadvertently uncovered this careless burial of what was, I hoped, someone's dog. I remembered finding a rotten piece of knitted blanket near the burial site that was close to where I had found the canine skull and guessed some other creature has been digging at it. I felt uneasy after this discovery and wondered what I should do about it. I decided to throw something over it and ask another allotment tenant (7th April 2006).

On my daughter's first visit to the allotment she did some clearing up of bramble clippings while I re-buried, what had been confirmed to be, the dead dog and in the process discovered a second, that I also re-buried. I covered them both with stones so I would recognise the area again as a site to be left alone (16th April, 2006).

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