Driving to Falmouth this morning, we came out of the mist and into a bright day and later the sun suddenly shone through the sails at Gyllyngvase Beach today, so lovely.
While the rest of the UK is apparently sitting under a heat wave, we are sitting under mist and murk but I do love this early morning effect on the garden and the fields and trees behind which have disappeared.
The fabric I chose at the weekend was ready for click and collect so I collected it this morning, washed it straightaway (so it doesn’t shrink later) and this afternoon I have almost made myself a new one with the butterfly fabric. The green is for Christmas masks as I reckon we’ll be wearing them for a long time yet. The other one is just because I love the colours.
P.S. I am still waiting for my Lost Stock box to arrive but today when walking into town, across the road, I saw a lovely stranger wearing the white Dorothy top (people have been posting photos of their items and I recognised it) and she looked so pretty in it, I had to go across and have a chat. She is delighted with all four tops in her box! Looking forward to mine arriving – hope it’s soon.
Lost Stock is explained here, in The Guardian
Today I posted a little book to its author. Many years ago, when teaching Year 7s, we used to read ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ by Lynne Reid Banks and from that inspiration, the children wrote their own story in chapters. I kept Paul’s which is delightful and as I have followed his very interesting career and stayed in touch, I am able to return this lovely piece of work to him.
The lovely new owners of our Greengrocer’s shop, Grow Box, were yesterday giving away some Cornish Cream if you bought some strawberries which I hadn’t realised until the cream was added to my bag. That meant, of course, that I had to make some scones. I used the trimmings to make some Cheese scones of which I am even more fond, if I dare to admit that!
This gentle poem came my way today and seems so very apt for these difficult days. Be kind to yourself as well as to others.
I first fell in love with Samantha Bryan’s Fairies in the early 2000s when I saw an exhibition in the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds. The invention, the humour, the whole premise and the beautiful construction entranced me and I bought my first Fairy. Who knew that fairies don’t simply fly but have to learn? That they wear L plates to warn others of their inexperience? That they need various intricate contraptions to help them learn to fly? That they do stretching exercises before setting off on their roller boots, or with a lifting device, under an air balloon or with a propellor? That they need special protective equipment? My quirky collection of ‘Brains Fairy Aiding Inventions’ shows all these and more.
When I retired from teaching in 2006, I was also mentoring student teachers and commissioned Samantha to make me a Fairy piece showing a Fairy being encouraged in her efforts to become fully fledged and ready to go out on her own. Samantha sent me four beautiful designs that she had sketched and this is the one I chose.
It’s time I added to my collection!
We have spent the afternoon with our Dear Friend who is 101 years old. We had some delightful conversations as I did some embroidery by her bedside. What a joy and a privilege to spend all that time with her as N&G went out for lunch to celebrate their Wedding Anniversary. We took a big garden bouquet for the Wedding Anniversary couple and a beautifully scented bunch of Sweet Peas for T.
Last night’s Full Moon was beautiful, quite low in the sky and glowing. This month’s moon has various names, all to do with the harvesting that happens in August – Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon and Barley Moon.
A lovely group of our singers met in the stone circle near the newly planted woods this afternoon. We couldn’t sing but it was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, people we have all been missing over the last 5 months. J often dog sits for Kaja and is much loved as can be seen here as J is stroking Kaja and the delightful little Graham, a visiting dog.
Storms over the winter took our arch down. The lovely Mr S has been building a new one and today added the top to the four posts and I am delighted to have the structure back in our garden. When it is finished with its trellis sides, we can untie the Wisteria to go over the top, the Clematis to go through the trellis and the Peaceful Garden with the bench and sculpture will become a hidden spot again.