Thursday, August 5, 2010

view from the balcony

It is like being on holiday but without any of the stress that Hadley Freeman experienced this year. Reassuring to read this because I just thought it was me getting old, but she is a chit of a girl and now knows something it takes others a lifetime to learn: going on holiday is a bad idea. Lucy Mangan, another Guardian chit, found this out even earlier. I have becoming almost phobic about airports - not flying, just the airport experience. With our Brighton place we'll never have to go anywhere ever again. All we need to do is pack a small case, climb into the car and drive for about three quarters of an hour. Hey presto - holiday. The gulls ullulate our arrival and call intermittently, possibly for others' delight also and not just ours.

I pushed the boat out, so to speak, taking this photograph from our bit of balcony. What I mean is I have come to terms with the idea that photography will probably never be something I do well, temporarily given up trying to understand how to use my digital camera and snapped this with the mobile. That lovely blue wall at the end there is the sea, obviously. It gives me great pleasure just to know it is there at the end of the road - several roads, actually. I would also have liked to take a photograph of the high windows, how it is to look out of them, capture the feeling of space here. But the essence of the place won't easily be captured, at least not by me. This photo does not begin to give a real impression.

Tomorrow is Brighton Pride. I will be here, but not there.


Zhoen said...

Trips must be taken very carefully, then very lightly, with a few days at home at the end.

Cusp said...

Oh it sounds (and looks) lovely. Know what you mean abt holidays..must be great to just go to somewhere u like and feel at home in

Reading the Signs said...

Zhoen, good advice for when one goes away from familiar surroundings

Chsp, in the circs it's just the ticket - though I haven't really hung up my travelling shoes for ever

Reading the Signs said...

I mean Cusp, not Chsp - unless you have changed your name to something unpronounceable

Kahless said...

Beautiful. Oh to have a sea view.

Cusp said...

'chsp' will do my dear...I know who you mean

and if you haven't hung up your travelling shoes...where you goin' then? :O)

Reading the Signs said...

Kahless, is it you? Hello!

well Chsp, I can't say for sure. But them shoes is just lyin' around and I ain't a-hangin' 'em.

And I seem to be turning into a cowboy

Fire Bird said...

I love Brighton, and your view is a gem.

I think I quite appreciate you not going to Pride. In general it seems to have become restyled as something of a family day out, hi-jacked by commerce and politicians - not really the original plan...

Cusp said...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeee ha ! Pork 'n beans fer tea pardner ?

Reading the Signs said...

FB, I find I get a bit overwhelmed by all the camp. Just not my cup of tea :)

Cusp, I'm a vegetarian cowboy!

Cusp said...

I know but you can still get veggie pork ...veggie bacon and beans...or just have the beans !

Reading the Signs said...

- ain't no such thing as vegetarian pork, pardner, unless you're that Heather Mills lady (an' I seriously hope you ain't) - so it'll have to be beans. Don't be suggestin' tofu, it just ain't cowboy.

Fire Bird said...

Comments seem to be off on most recent post... I'll hang on and see if you turn 'em on again. I like to comment on the right post (anal? moi?)

Cusp said...

oh you're SO pernickety ! Nuts cutlets ? Doesn't have that cowboy clout does it ? :)

Reading the Signs said...

ah don't be worrying about the anal thing chez Signs, Fire Bird. People wander all over the place here (just ask Cusp) and it's fine.

A short spell of commentless posts felt appropriate, but I'm happy to meet you here or elsewhere.

Reading the Signs said...


Vegetarian Cowboy Beans in the Slow Cooker

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, very finely mined
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of celery, peeled and chopped
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
1 small minced jalapeno
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 cups dried pinto beans
2 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
5 cups water

Pour oil into the bottom of the slow cooker. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker; stir, and cook on high for four to six hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve beans with shredded cheese and corn bread if desired

Cusp said...

Lovely recipe. Thank you. Where can I find an onion mine please ?