Once the veggies and my feet were completely saturated, I walked back to the car and unstrapped my bike. I had my camera with me and thought I'd take a cycle ride around the arboretum to take in a different perspective.
I hadn't really seen anything that had warranted a great photo until I cycled down a hill with a squirrel scampering alongside me until the treeline disappeared and there in the grass were some stony outcrops with cacti blooming. The flowers were gorgeous! I discovered later that they were prickly pear cacti. I'd seen the leaves many times in the couple of years I've been coming here, but I'd never been lucky enough to see them bloom, or actually even considered that there would be flowers.
The cactus is supposed to be high in amino acids and fiber, magnesium, iron and vitamin B. It can also be used to treat diabetes, sunburn, bruises and stomach issues.
I was so pleased that I'd come across these cacti, not likely if I'd just been walking, so I've decided to bring my bike here more often to explore further. It seemed that I had achieved something worthwhile this day, so to celebrate I went back to the allotment and gave all of our plants, and my feet, another soaking!