Posts Tagged ‘frost’

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.

Frosty, foggy weather

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The weather has improved a bit lately. Instead of freezing nights and days, when the roads need gritting, and extra time has to be allowed in the morning to scrape the ice off the windscreen, we’ve been having slightly warmer and even rainy days. There’s been a promise of spring in the air. I’ve seen some snowdrops, and I’ve heard birds singing. But people keep telling me that it’s going to get colder again. Apparently forecasters are saying that the cold frosty, icy weather is coming back, and there might even be some snow. I haven’t heard those forecasts myself, but I have been told about them by several people. I’ve only managed to take a few snow photos so far this year, because we’ve only had one quick flurry. So I need to look out for any more snowfall so that I can get dressed up in some nice warm clothes and go out and take some beautiful snowy photos. Or will I decide to stay in the warm instead?
Here’s a nice frosty, foggy photo.

Frost and fog

Catching up

Friday, January 16th, 2009

I’ve missed posting for a few days. That’s because I haven’t been feeling very well. I’ve been aching all over with a cold and a sore throat and hurting glands. I think I’m a bit better today, but not regained my strength or cheerfulness yet. Life can be a struggle at the best of times, but when you’re not feeling well it’s like having to climb up a huge hill. Even preparing food can be too much of a challenge, and that’s not good if you’re ill anyway and need to eat to get enough strength to get better.
The predicted mild week disintegrated after two days and we returned to fog and frost. I can see a little bit of sunshine today, so maybe spring won’t be too far away. It would be good to see the earth begin to burst into new life bringing hope with it.

Wild night

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The weather was really wild last night! The wind was howling and blowing and banging things, and the rain was pounding on the windows. I thought it would keep me awake when I went to bed, but it didn’t. It was still raging when I woke up, but it had calmed down by the time I went downstairs for breakfast.
The weather man on the local radio said that the cold front has moved on and taken the cold weather of the last couple of weeks with it. The temperature was around 3 degrees today, instead of -3 degrees during the day, and -7 during the night last week. Today, instead of everyone saying ‘isn’t it cold’ as they have been, they were saying ‘isn’t it mild’. It’s good to have a break from the really cold weather, because for a few days last week, I just couldn’t get warm. Now I’m fine. With the end of the cold, there’s no more being late because I’ve forgotten to allow an extra 10 minutes to scrape the ice off the windscreen, but there’s also no more beautiful frosty trees and fences and leaves. When I went out a couple of days ago, there was a thick frost on the ground, a clear sky and a nearly full Moon. It was so beautiful! The silver blue light of the Moon shone and sparkled on the frost making it look like diamonds. It was gorgeous. I’m not sorry that the cold has gone, but I’m glad I saw the beautiful frost and snow while it was here.

Foggy New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

After being so cold yesterday but without any frost, it was completely different today. I woke up to thick fog, and thick frost on the lawn and the trees and hedges. It looked stunningly beautiful. Usually when the windscreen is iced up, by the time I go out later in the morning it’s thawed out, but not today. The whole car including the lights were iced up. It took me ages scraping it off and my fingers were freezing when I’d finished. The car soon warmed up though. I knew the roads would be icy, and visibility wasn’t good so I drove very carefully and more slowly than I do in good conditions. The fog was really thick especially on the road that hasn’t got any hedges beside it to keep the fog away. That’s where I took this photo. The journey was fine, except for the woman who drove behind me far too close to be safe for the distance and conditions. When she refused to drop back and leave the proper braking distance between us, I pulled in and let her pass. She shot off far too fast for the conditions, but she was the only one. Everyone else I saw was driving sensibly. Oh yes, Happy New Year to everyone!

Foggy New Year's Eve

This photo can be seen on my Flickr photostream. Can you see the trees through the fog?

It’s getting colder

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

It’s definately been colder today, but still the predicted snow hasn’t arrived. When I got up this morning, there was frost everywhere, so I wrapped up warm and went out to see if I could take some frosty photos. All the cars parked in the road were coated with thick frosty ice that needed scraping off the windows.
It’s predicted to be even colder tonight and tomorrow, and when I left work this evening, the windscreen was covered in ice again. I can’t ever remember that much ice so early in the evening. I also saw a gritter lorry on my way home, but fortunately it was going the same way as me, so the car didn’t get grit thrown all over it.

Beautiful frosty morning

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I went out early this morning, because I had an appointment at the Hospital. It had been a cold, clear night and it was frosty and icy. My friend Sarah drove me to the Hospital as I was having an injection in my hand and wouldn’t be able to drive myself home. Being a passenger for a change I was able to enjoy the beautiful countryside, and especially the way the sun was shining on the frost making it glisten and sparkle. There was a beautiful blue sky, which is quite unusual at this time of year. It really was a lovely day. We arrived at the Hospital in plenty of time, so we had a cup of coffee, and by the time we had finished, it was time for my appointment. As soon as we got to the clinic, I was called straight away, and within a few minutes had the injection and was ready to go! My hand is still painful and sore from the injection, but it’ll soon be better, and I hope it will have sorted out the problem. It was lovely going with Sarah. With her company, and the cup of coffee and a chat, I didn’t have time to get nervous. It was so much better than the stress of getting myself there. Thank you Sarah.