‘Looking on the bright side’, the other half said as I surveyed the ruin of what had been only the day before, a bed of French beans, ‘at least you now have a camera so you can blog about it.’

chewed beans

‘I wonder how my beans are getting … oh’

This is true – due to the kindness (and awesome organisedness) of a local cyclist on Twitter I am now the proud custodian of an actual camera for the first time in about five years. Despite being over 10 years old, it’s in immaculate condition and came complete with box, cables, spare battery and manual (ah, remember the old days when things came with instruction manuals instead of a sheet of paper saying ‘Do not stick this in your eyes or feed the batteries to your children. Google everything else’ in every known European language?).

It’s nice to be able to take a proper closeup again, even if it is of the devastation a peckish hare can wreak when it puts its mind to it.

close up of beans

Otherwise, the veg patch is the usual mixed bag of things which are dying in new and horrible ways (potatoes: liable to die at a moment’s notice when you plant them deliberately, but completely impossible to eradicate from the bed where they were once grown three years before)

dying plants in potato bed

and things which have grown in overwhelmingly enormous quantities (it is apparently a myth that rabbits – and, indeed hares – eat lettuce).

giant lettuce plants

The garden remains a work in progress and I suspect it always will be – I shall never be the owner of the equivalent of a garden that still has its box, cables, spare battery and manual. But on a sunny Sunday afternoon when you’ve got visitors coming – it does occasionally scrub up rather well.

garden with parasol

I’m mostly joking when I call this corner ‘the Mediterranean garden’ but occasionally it comes close …

6 Responses to Camera-Ready

  1. Lizzie says:

    I sympathise over the lack of manuals. I got given a new camera for Christmas in 2017 by my children and still haven’t fathomed out how to get a decent pic out of it, because I’m the sort of person that needs to sit and read through a manual Either that or it’s just a rubbish camera…..

  2. disgruntled says:

    I will mostly just play around with a new toy until I’ve worked it out but it’s nice to have something to fall back on to get the most out of it

  3. alysontyler says:

    My Dad has gardened for his whole adult life and learns something new every year. And every year is different due to weather, local wildlife etc. One year it was bullfinch damage to his fruit trees, the next year terrible cold & wet spring so no pollinators out etc… but there’s always something that does well – in your case lettuce this year! Lettuce soup anyone?

  4. disgruntled says:

    Bullfinches are so gorgeous, it is almost a privilege to have them in the garden wreaking havoc – up there with hares!

  5. What a delightful spot to be in! Now matter how well-planned or prepared, this growing your own veg can be a hit or miss affair. We’ve lost nearly all our squash/cucumber etc plants to slugs this year, usually one of our best crops. Onions – meh. Lettuce – nope. Potatoes – so far so good. Kohlrabi – winning! Hope you’re getting plenty of time to sit in those chairs 😉

  6. disgruntled says:

    I can send you some lettuce …

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