Soup, Sunflower and Singing in Harmony

09 Sep

1   We have so many Runner Beans! The freezer is nearly full and so are we but today we found many recipes for Runner Bean Soup on the internet so I made up my own adapting several of them and it was delicious. We had some for lunch and have 2 pints frozen. More tomorrow!

Runner bean soup

Runner bean soup

2   Coming home from town today we saw some glorious sunflowers peeking over the fence about 8ft above us.

September sunflower

September sunflower

3   The new term has started at The Ingleheart Singers and it was so good to get back to singing in harmony again. Apparently singing in harmony is very good for the heart and the brain as well as for the soul. I certainly always feel better after a singing session. If I feel good before I go, I feel brilliant afterwards. On those occasions when I feel low, if I go to choir, I feel better in no time!    I’ve taken the following quotation from an anonymous essay based on Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness While Singing With Others by Stacy Horn,  Algonquin Books. I’d love to give credit to the essay writer if anyone knows who it is. Thanks, anyway!

“Singing might be our most perfect drug; the ultimate mood regulator, lowering rates of anxiety, depression and loneliness, while at the same time amplifying happiness and joy, with no discernible, unpleasant side effects. ”

PS The butterfly I was trying to identify yesterday seems to be a female Chequered Skipper. Thanks to lots of you for the help.


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10 responses to “Soup, Sunflower and Singing in Harmony

  1. Geraldine

    September 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    yummm…following your blog now!

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Glad to hear that! Welcome – hope you like what you find. 🙂

  2. Stacy Horn

    September 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Hi! That wasn’t an anonymous essay actually, I wrote it for Slate magazine, and it was based on my book Imperfect Harmony. Thank you so much for quoting me though, it’s a nice compliment. And that beautiful soup looks delicious!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much for this clarification! I had no name on the essay I was sent, only that it was from the book and didn’t realise it was your essay! I love the whole essay and would have quoted the whole lot if I’d had room. My blog is deliberately brief and I thought people could look up your book if they wanted to.
      Thank you so much for calling in and taking the time to leave me a comment. 🙂

  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    September 10, 2013 at 2:19 am

    runner beans…like green beans???…or peas???…or limas???

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Like long green beans! They can be 10″ long and we slice them to cook them whereas we cook green beans when 4-6″ long and whole. Does that help? 🙂

      • babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

        September 11, 2013 at 12:40 am

        Oh…sounds so good…I always cook the whole green beans…just seem to have more flavor…

  4. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    September 10, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Your soup looks beautiful – just the right thing for the time of year when sunflowers are peeking over the fences.

  5. Bernice

    September 10, 2013 at 12:07 am

    The sunflower is just beautiful! The soup also looks good!!

  6. Choc Chip Uru

    September 9, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Both photos are gorgeous my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru


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