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Purple Poppies, Frida Kahlo and Orange Car

I love the delicacy of these purple poppies’ petals.

A pair of purple poppies

A pair of purple poppies

We chose the route home that takes us along Bond Street where there is a newish gallery called Studio 10 whose windows we like to look into. What treasures there today! A whole exhibition to Frida Kahlo – and when I looked it up, I discovered that the exhibition, The Frida Experiment, starts on Sunday until July 15th with this byline –  ‘Sixteen artists working in various disciplines expressing how Frida Kahlo has influenced their work.’ I shall be back next week to have a proper look.

Frida Kahlo at Studio 10

Studio 10

Nearer home, there is a house where interesting cars can often be seen. Today it is this orange delight. I don’t know what it is but I like it and hope one of my readers may be able to enlighten me.

Waiting to be told what this car is....

Orange vehicle

 

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Dendrites, Window Box and Eggs

I love the feathery patterns in our sandstone terrace, dendrites not fossilised plants. You can read about them here https://thefossilcartel.com/2015/09/dendrites-mini-still-life-in-stone/

The window boxes on our shed are filling out prettily.

Friends at choir often bring eggs to sell. They have some new chickens who are laying beautiful small blue eggs, a lovely contrast with the big brown ones.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Beauty, environment

 

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Bee, Verbascum and White Strawberries

It is good to see bees busy on these Summer days.

Busy bee

Bee collecting nectar

I love the peachiness and furriness of these Verbascum flowers.

macro detail

Verbascum

What a feast for supper tonight! Our lovely neighbour came in to share our roast chicken and brought with her a cornucopia of fresh produce from her allotment – new potatoes (which I cooked with mint and butter), broad beans (for which I made a creamy white sauce), a courgette (which I fried in butter with lemon zest) and White Strawberries for our dessert. I think they are lovely with their tiny red seeds and they certainly taste good! The birds don’t recognise them as ripe so they survive!

Sweet treat!

White Strawberries from Sue’s allotment

 

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Sweet Peas, Cake Slice and Shelley

I have picked the first Sweet  Peas from our garden and they smell divine.

I bought a new cake slice when we were in London – no cake to slice with it yet!

I don’t usually post political stuff on here but today Jeremy Corbyn has been at Glastonbury and I loved his speech. In there were the following words: “In every child there is a poem, in every child there is a painting and in every child there is music.” Given that these essential subjects are being squeezed out of our current curriculum, these words were music to my ears. He  finished off with a quotation from Percy Bysshe Shelley – brilliant!

“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number-
Shake your chains to earth like
dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many – they are few.”

There were well over 100,000 in his audience!

 

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Frilly Poppy, Haymaking and Nigella

A poppy opened this morning.

Hay is being made in the field behind our house. How lovely to be back in the country side after our week in London!

The Love-in- the -Mist , self seeded this year, is in flower.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2017 in Beauty, environment, garden

 

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Leaving London and A Party for Perun

It was cheering to see the flower-filled planters on our drive to Paddington Station this morning. The photo was taken at speed through the car windows!

I have shown you the sculpture of Perun, the Slavic Thunder God, as he has been developing next door. He is nearly ready to be taken to Slovakia and tonight a party was held in the front garden to wish him well and to send him off in style. Click on any photo for the essential detail. We are so lucky to have such fabulous neighbours!

There was Slavic soup, very tasty, and fabulous Strawberry Thunder Cake in his honour, all made by our lovely friend Shazz and all absolutely delicious.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Independence, Flowerpots and Treats

We love walking to school with the children. Some of the best conversations are had on these journeys. It is also lovely to see them striding out with such confidence.

Down one of the lanes to school we spotted strange creatures in the trees over a fence.

T had art club after school today so it was J’s turn for a treat at the lovely French cafe we like to frequent when in North Finchley, Joie de Vie.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Beauty, Food, Grandchildren

 

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