Raindrops, Spring Flowers and Green Glass

The raindrops are on the flowers. I love the way that drops hover around the edges catching the light and becoming nature’s jewels..


Iris Reticulata

The stem on the Iris Reticulata was broken so I have brought it in and put in Mum’s green glass.




Glass, Periwinkle and A Poem

I’ve set up my glass workshop again now that we won’t be needing the dining room for a while and I’ve cut a couple of pieces today ready for Valentine’s Day.

Blue glass from the Victorian window

Using off-cut glass

There are periwinkles in flower in the front garden.

Today’s poem is “If This Is A Man” by Primo Levi on this Holocaust Memorial Day.

“The following words were written by Primo Levi, a Jew who suffered, during World War II, in the Nazi work camp known as Monowitz, aka Auschwitz III.

 “If this is a man”.

You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes or a no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.
Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children,
Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.



Posted by on January 27, 2022 in garden, nature, Photography, poetry, Postaday2022


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Ghost Apples, New Shoots and A Poem

These beautiful things are known as “Ghost Apples” They are created when freezing rain coats rotting apples, and when the mushy rotten apple falls out, it leaves a shell of ice.   I don’t know who to credit with the photos.

Lots of hope springing in the garden. Here are some Nigella seedlings on their way and a new shoot of Anemone Blanda.

Wendy Cope always says the right thing!


Posted by on January 26, 2022 in Photography, Uncategorized


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Stamps, Stones and A Sugar Spoon

Our Royal Mail has published some remarkable stamps to commemorate the Rolling Stones, The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World!  We have bought two sets to send to our favourite people over the next year or two. Today we have posted two birthday cards with Stones’ stamps on them.

I have made more Eccles Cakes so that I could photograph all the processes for my recipe pages. (I’ll make that page soon. The lovely Mr S is going to be away for a few days next week having a new knee fitted so I will be looking for things to to do!) The last instruction is to sprinkle sugar over the tops and I used my Granny’s antique sugar spoon which we have  used on pancake day since I was a little girl.


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Angie, View and Daffodils

We said goodbye to my very dear friend, Angie, today. Her daughters had asked that people wear a splash of colour, particularly the  colours of sand and sea as she so loved being by the sea. Despite my not being able to be there, (I watched online) I wore my best sea colours in a velvet jacket that Angie would have recognised.

Afterward the very moving ceremony,  we walked a walk that Angie joined us on during one of her visits and, in the words of the Humanist Celebrant, “rejoiced that she had lived, delighted in our friendship and were glad that we had walked some of her path with her.”

View of Carn Brea over some gorse

Daffodils flowering on the verge on the last part of our walk


Posted by on January 24, 2022 in Uncategorized


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Daffodils, A Poem and A Beautiful Film

Our lovely neighbour has brought us a big bunch of Cornish daffodils, just as she did on the day we arrived in 2008 and has done on the anniversary ever since. Thank you so much, S.

I have shared this poem before but as it was in 2014 when I had far fewer followers, I thought it worth sharing again. It really speaks to me and , I hope, to you.

The following very sweet film came my way today and I thought my Dear Readers would appreciate it too. Just click on the red link.



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Thich Nhat Hanh, Cushion and Vase of Hope

I was sad to read that this Vietnamese philosopher  died yesterday, at 95. Thank you, Thich Nhat Hanh, for your gentle wise ways and words and a lifetime of compassion and dedication to peace.
I have quoted him several times already in my blog and here are some more of his wise, warm words.
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
I visited old friends today for a long overdue catch-up and loved this cushion.
Afterwards I walked in a park that I used to frequent as a child and loved it. There was an addition since I was last here many years ago – the Vase of Hope.
I had just pressed publish when the following came in from my sister who lives in Hawaii. Thank you, Deborah.

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Chapel Porth, Porthtowan and Godrevy

We tried to go for. a walk at low tide this lunchtime but people were queueing in the car park as everyone seemed to have the same idea on this beautiful sunny and cloudless day.

On the way down to the car park

So, off we went to Porthtowan to walk along the sand towards Chapel Porth. . Here we were thwarted by the way the winter tides had created a sandbank with a stream to be crossed to go very far.

The sandbank


Wonderful rock formation looking like a high-heeled platform-soled boot

Later we set off to see the sunset at Godrevy.

Surfers in the sunlit sea at Gwithian

Trees on the horizon as we left Godrevy



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Curtain, Eccles Cakes and Piranesi

The curtain may not be conventionally beautiful but it represents hours of work, learning from Youtube, various frustrations and ultimately, satisfaction. I’ve made clothes since I was 14. I’ve been making curtains since I was 21 and furnishing our first flat but I have never made a box lined door curtain from velvet before and it was certainly a challenge. It now hangs from the rising portiere curtain rod that the lovely Mr S fitted last week in our sitting room and now, hopefully,  we will be protected from the draughts.

I’ve made some more Eccles cakes, much loved by the aforementioned Mr S.

I have just finished reading the  most magical novel, utterly entrancing and one which will be in my mind for some time.


Posted by on January 20, 2022 in baking, Postaday2022, sewing


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Daffodils, Handprints and Clay

I met a very dear friend for a walk this morning and we walked and talked and it was so good to spend time together. A few days ago I told you about the daffodils on the verges in Cornwall and today we went past some so here they are in all their golden glory.

Towards the end of our walk we visited a small church where the peace inside was almost palpable. It was beautifully simple and had some interesting art work around. First was the wall of handprints that caught my eye immediately.

High up in a small window, on the wide ledge, was an intriguing piece of pottery that I really like and I’d like to know more about it.

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