Archive for October, 2009

Still eating beans

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Eating my runner beans

I’m still enjoying eating my home grown runner beans! I love going into the garden and picking them fresh to bring them in and cook them straight away. Now the clocks have changed and we’ve gone back to GMT, I have to remember to pick them early because it’s too dark by 5.00pm. It’s hard enough to find them in good light because they hide behind their leaves, so in the dark it’s impossible! I suppose that’s one advantage of having my hours cut. I can get home early, pick my beans and cook a proper meal instead of being too tired to cook and just snacking.

We’ve had such amazing weather during September and October, so warm and mild and sunny, that I expect it’s quite unusual for me to still be eating my own beans when it’s nearly November, but I don’t know as I haven’t grown them before. Does anyone else know?

There are still plenty of little beans on the plant needing a few days to mature so that I can eat them, so I expect it will a race betweem them and the frost. I would imagine that the first frost we have will turn the plant black and that will be the end of them for this year. I will definately grow them again. I’ve enjoyed it. It was fun watching them growing, and I love eating them. They’re so sweet and tender, so much better than the ones you can buy in the shops. Next year I’m going to expand my vegetable plot and try some broad beans as well. I’d like to try corn on the cob and courgettes too.

The photo shows the beans cooked and ready to eat. They’re sitting in a bowl of my favourite china, Sophie Conran for Portmeirion.

My camera’s died

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

My beloved Canon PowerShot A700 has died. I must have banged it when it was in my bag, or maybe it was when I had to do an emergency stop and the bag fell off the passenger seat onto the floor. However it happened, the screen has gone. I’m told that it’s more expensive to repair it than to buy a new camera.

I’m very upset because it’s been my constant companion for the last three and half years and has served me well. It’s not just a tool, but part of my creative process. I will really miss it. I’ve taken it everywhere with me because you never know when you’ll see something that you want to photograph.

People tell me that I should get a DSLR, but there’s no point in having a good camera sitting at home when I see something I want to take a photo of. I can’t not have a camera in my bag, so I decided I needed to buy another one. So let me introduce to you my new Canon Ixus 95IS. Yes I know it’s pink, but that was the only colour they had it in. But I do like it being pink! It’s my second favourite colour after all tones of purple.

I hate having a new camera. It doesn’t feel part of me, and I have to get used to it and learn how to use it. When you’re used to a camera you can take a shot quickly without having to think about it, but with a new one that’s different you have to work out how to do it, and if you take too long the photographic opportunity has gone! I hope it doesn’t take long for me to feel at home with this one. It feels very strange at the moment, and I’m really missing my PowerShot A700.

My camera's died

Blowing in the wind

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

My favourite household chore is doing the washing. I love everything about it. I enjoy sorting out which items need to go with each other in a load and deciding which is the right programme for the fabrics. I love watching it go round in the machine!

When the wash has finished, I take it out and give it a shake and then, if the weather lets me, I hang it out in the sun and the breeze. That’s my favourite bit – watching it blowing and fluttering on the line.

Of course it’s not possible to put it out on the line all year round and when it’s been dried inside it smells of washing powder or liquid, which can be quite nice. But when it’s been outside, it feels lovely and soft and it smells so gorgeous! It fills the house with a wonderful smell of freshness. I don’t know what the fragrance is or how the washing on the line attracts it, I just know that I love it, and I love my clothes and bedding smelling so fresh.

I wonder why it does have that lovely smell. What causes it, what is it that fragrances the fabrics? There must be a scientific reason for it. Can anyone explain it?


Monday, October 12th, 2009

We’ve been having such a gorgeous October. It’s nearly the middle of the month, and we’re still getting beautiful sunny days which I love. Every day I think ‘It’ll change tomorrow, so I must make the most of today’, but it hasn’t changed – yet! The Autumn colours on the trees look so beautiful when they’re enhanced with a lovely blue sky behind them. Perfect for taking photos.

It’s got cold in the last few days, but it still doesn’t feel wintery because of the lovely sunshine. I usually have to put the heating on around the 1st of October, but this year I didn’t need it until about 10th when it did begin to get chilly. I need my winter coat and my scarf now, and I’ve changed the summer curtain at my glass paned front door for the thick lined winter one. I’m sure it does keep more of the heat in, but it also makes me feel cosier just by being there.