Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bean there, done that

Today I stripped six broad bean plants of their beans to make way for some more tomato plants. There are still ten broad bean plants standing.

Broad bean harvest

I spent the afternoon shelling them, but not all in one go. I'd sew for a bit, shell some beans, sew a bit more, shell some more, have a drink and a sit-down, shell. Repeat. It was kind of fun. Mind-numbing fun, but fun just the same.

I woke up at 6 am today, and not by choice. Bloody hayfever. I ended up in the sewing room, drugged to the eyeballs, and made a big effort on the sunnyboy sewing. By lunchtime I had eight all made, and that was with my usual Sunday swim-and-coffee in the middle of the morning.


Eight down, eight to go.


  1. Nice beans and bags! Dh has been suffering today too. I have one of those red deer bags, and it always make me think of Snape's patronus (a good thing!)

  2. very productive day! I'm glad the Sunnyboys going so well.

  3. Sounds like a nice rhythm. Hope you're feeling better!

  4. I'm with you on the awful hayfever wagon - it's cruddy!
    Beans & Sunnyboys all look great ;-)

  5. Broad beans are eaten raw here, I dont like them cooked as my dad used to grow them and cook them and they always went a yucky gray color and tasted awful. We picked all our peas the other night and Isabelle and I sat there shelling them. Rather theraputive I think. The sunnyboys look fantastic. I love using mine and so does my mum! Perfect size for socks.

  6. Your beans look great! I love broad beans but we're yet to have a go at growing them ourselves. Maybe next year!

  7. I would have been hopeless. I would have eaten half the broad beans and then been, er, too uncomfortable to sit and sew!

  8. wow - you sure got a bumper crop!
    good thing they're tasty ;o)
    I would never have imagined it possible, but I think your sunnyboys just get cuter and cuter everytime you show us a new crop!

  9. arhh they look fab!! both the beans and the sunnyboys!!

  10. What a bumper crop! I hope you've got a plethora of broad bean recipes to use them all up.

    That blossom fabric is just wonderful. When I grow up to be a seamstress, I should like to work with that fabric.


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