Who Gets to Whisk the Mornay Sauce?

It was a day when this and similar questions assumed an inordinate and disproportionate importance in the household. A slight boil-over from a pot on the hob lead to a crush at the kitchen door as the Head Gardener and I dashed to rescue the situation. There was a greater than usual willingness to be the one who prepared lunch and to clean up afterwards. A quiet and gentle competitiveness pervaded the day, a keenness to be active, to be involved, to do something, anything!

Yes, it was an indoors day, a day of confinement enforced by unpleasant weather. It had been forecast; heavy rain was expected from morning right through the day though the through-the-day part didn’t materialise but, with everywhere wet and the conditions blustery and unpleasant, it wasn’t a day for the garden nor for any outdoor activity; even a walk was considered out of the question. A day in the armchair can be passed with reading, writing, television, internet and chatting but this inertia beings a restlessness and a need to do something physical – hence the dash to the kitchen and the wish to be the one with the whisk in the mornay sauce.

This is what we prefer – brighter days and the opportunity to be outdoors.

This feeling continued this morning and, with a forecast of afternoon rain, I was out in the garden early this morning with the intention of getting the grass cut as we will be busy at other things tomorrow and Sunday. I was out so early that the dew hadn’t dried and the lawnmower clogged up repeatedly so I had to leave it for a while, do a few other gardening chores, and return to finish the job before lunch. In the meantime, the forecast has changed and, although it is very blustery, it seems we won’t have further rain. Gardening will continue and the mornay sauce can go and whisk itself!

Let’s see what’s looking well at the moment. Gladiolus colvillei ‘The Bride’ is a great favourite on mine and we have it in several clumps around the garden – I haven’t photographed them all. Click to enlarge and start a slideshow:

I went out to the garden with camera in hand, a five minute run-around before lunch, and saw that I had over 50 photographs taken before I returned to the house and it brought to mind the days of buying a roll of film – 12 photographs to the roll, or 20, or was it 24?, if finances allowed. Then the film had to be delivered to the chemist shop for processing and printing and collected a few days later! I did begin to purchase my film in bulk, to load it onto my own cassettes and to process and print at home. Nowadays, it is so much simpler!

Robinia pseodoacacia has flowered very well this year. The flowers do not always show up well even when it good numbers but there comes a moment when the sun is shining on the trees and the sky is bright and blue and they look wonderful:

A few roses:

And, finally, a few odds and ends:

For the record, it was I who whisked the mornay sauce and it was perfect! It was delicious over cauliflower and was served with boiled ham!


6 thoughts on “Who Gets to Whisk the Mornay Sauce?

  1. A beautiful selection of photos from a beautiful garden. There was something exciting about waiting for film to be developed and collected, but it could also lead to bitter disappointment if you discovered you’d had your finger covering part of the one shot you’d taken of whatever it was, or everyone had blinked at the same time. I prefer digital – although I take far too many photos and never seem to get around to ‘weeding’ them.

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    1. And I don’t think our old digital photographs will have the same chance of being discovered after years – the thrill of finding old printed photographs of grandparents was always very special.

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  2. I too remember the days of film and the shame as our local chemist flicked through them in front of other customers to show me all the stickers from the processing lab. I wonder, with the low/no cost of taking photos now, if we’re losing that ability to really look at the things we photograph, to find the best angle, to wait for the perfect moment when the light is right? I had all the kit – different lenses, all kinds of filters. A lens hood, separate flash. I even knew what f-stops were – but now, although I have manual settings on my (expensive) camera, I use auto settings, and usually take pics for my blog with my phone. It;s all point and click and move on to the next. Ah well, once my course is over I’ll have more time.

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    1. I occasionally take photographs with my ‘phone if I’m working in the garden and something catches my eye, something which doesn’t need a good shot, just to be recorded quickly. Otherwise, I always use my camera.

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