So you want people to be friendly to you on British buses? Try being 8 months pregnant and carrying a garden fork. (Wearing wellies helps too.) Everyone smiles. Old ladies ask you whether you’ve planted tomatoes yet. Old men will talk about anything. Children stare (but then, children always stare.) And all this because I’ve managed to secure myself half a plot on an allotment not far from here.
I know sweet f***-all about gardening, of course. But the internet is my friend – there are several wonderful online chat forums where I’m gathering all sorts of new ideas. Bought a spade and a fork. And off we go.