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Paper Roses, Musical Cloud, A Poem and Kath

I still have on the mantlepiece one of my birthday cards six weeks after the event. It is so lovely, I think it may be there all year!

Paper roses

Paper roses

I have at last found somewhere pleasing to hang my musical cloud, a delightful birthday present from last December – and it looks just lovely.

Musical cloud

Musical cloud

I have loved the poem, ‘When I am an old woman’ by Jenny Joseph since I first read it many, many years ago and I have been remembering it recently, thinking, when I am an old woman, I shall wear purple and lime green and pink and turquoise and yellow and orange – and all together!

Walking without crutches 7 weeks after my second hip replacement

Walking without crutches 7 weeks after my second hip replacement

When I am an old woman by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Today is the birthday of my beautiful friend Kath whose too-early death inspired this blog. She also was going to wear purple and we did both practise in good time. We enjoyed singing and laughing together, sharing recipes and good food together, being in France in their Meyssac home, and always supporting each other and she is much missed. She would have loved my blog.
 

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Cormorant, Bee and Spiral

It has been a beautiful day and while we were waiting to start singing this morning,  I caught this still river photo with a Cormorant sitting on a buoy.

Cormorant

Cormorant

It was so lovely that we were able to sit outside for our coffees and a bee landed on my raincoat (un-needed today!) A friend took the photo for me.

Bee

Bee

As we left I spotted this beautifully coiled rope complete with shadows because the sun was still shining. We haven’t had so much sunshine for weeks!

Coiled rope

Coiled rope

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Beauty, nature, Penryn, Photography, Postaday 2016

 

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Creativity, Granola and The Baby Carrier

If I am creating I am happy – be it food or knitting or sewing, writing or making photographs. As the picture shows, it is a way of life! 

 
Today I made Granola for a few breakfasts – oats, seeds, almonds and agave syrup with fruit to be added at time of eating. 

 
I have finished the Mei Tai Baby carrier and am delighted with it. It is sturdy and pretty and warm. I think I have found a baby to borrow to try it out on, photos in a day or two of it in use. 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Beauty, Food

 

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Bird Watching, Pancake Day and Crêpes Suzettes

There has been a great deal of bird activity in the garden today though they flew away into the trees each time there was a hail shower. There were Goldfinches, Green Finches;  a Robin; Blue Tits and Great Tits; Long Tail Tits and just one Nut-hatch. The day of The Big Bird Watch there wasn’t a bird in sight!   Click on any photo to see the birds more clearly.

It’s Pancake Day and we started with Savoury Pancakes stuffed with turkey in a tasty peppery sauce. Later this evening we will have our Crêpes Suzettes which we love!

Stuffed Pancakes

Stuffed Pancakes

Crepes Suzettes

Crepes Suzettes

 
 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Time

The beautiful Mud Maid in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, has been there for a long time already and will be there for a very long time to come. She is the work of Cornish sculptors Sue Hill and Pete Hill and is a favourite for our Grandchildren to visit. They love the Giant too. For others in this Challenge, click this link.

Mud Maid by Sue Hill and Pete Hill

Mud Maid by Sue Hill and Pete Hill

 

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Weather, St Euny Churchyard and The Diaspora

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. -John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (8 Feb 1819-1900)

  It certainly was a bracing afternoon as we walked around St Euny Churchyard this afternoon. Come for a walk with us and imagine the wind of Storm Imogen howling through the trees and between the stones. It is fascinating to see how the Cornish miners of tin and copper, who went all over the world to share their skills, to Mexico and America and Cuba, came home to Cornwall. Click on any photo to read the stone more easily.

 

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Sewing, Life and Today

It has been another wild day today though with less rain but it was definitely an indoors day so I made a bit more progress with my Mai Tei baby carrier. I had had hopes of making several but I’ve spent at least 6 hours on this one so far. Perhaps the next will be quicker as I will know what I am doing!

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

and Life…….

Life - we have just the one each

Life – we have just the one each

Today is ‘Send a card to a friend Day’  I’ve done that, in fact we have sent two.

 
 

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