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Poppy, Walk and Help?

Another Poppy is blooming. At breakfast time it popped out of its sepals and later in the day was fully open. As the sun left that part of the garden, it closed up again.

Our walk today was very blustery! Join us going up to the Flat Lode Trail with a view of Carn Brea, past the St Uny engine house and back home.

We have a problem in the edible trough. A little Viola plant died last week, just went limp and gave up the ghost. Yesterday, all was well with the rest of the Viola border and today – another plant seems to have died. Any ideas? The trough is damp, everything else, lettuces and the rest of the Violas seem fine…….

 

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Fire, Fresh Veg and A Cake

It was so cold last night that we lit the woodburner, in July!

Warmth

All the vegetables tonight came from our  raised beds – potatoes, Mangetouts, Dwarf Beans and Curly Kale and for dessert, Chocolate Mud Cake with just picked Raspberries.

Instead of layering up the cake I made with T earlier, I froze one half which today I have defrosted and iced  to have with our raspberries.

 

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Mum’s Chimneys, Full of Colour

I said yesterday that I would show you Mum’s chimney collection which I inherited  so here they are in the order in which you would see them if you were to visit us in our garden. You would be so welcome, Dear Reader!

Steps up to the garden, lined with various Mints, Lavenders and Vanilla Nemesias – scented all the way

 

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Begonia, Borage and Bugs

Mum’s chimneys are so full of flowers this year, just glorious.I’ll do a whole post devoted to chimneys soon while they are in glorious flower.  Mum would be proud, wonderful gardener that she was.   After she left teaching, of deaf babies, she refused to write ‘retired’ on any forms and wrote ‘Gardener ‘with pride.

The Borage in the edible trough is flowering. I love adding the flowers to salads and to gin, when we have any in!

I spotted a couple of interesting bugs today, firstly a Shield Bug (I think) on the raspberries. We have only ever seen green ones before but think we have identified this one as a Hairy Shield Bug. Can they choose their colour depending on where they are like some magical spiders?

Hairy Shield Bug

The next was a luminescent green creature which I think I have identified as a Thick Legged Flower Beetle, a fairly boring name for such a wonderfully coloured creature.

Thick Legged Flower Beetle.

 

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Zebra, Kintsugi and Resilience Calendar

It’s really cold on this first day of July (as it has been for much of June)  and the horses we pass regularly on our walk were wearing Zebra jackets which amused us.

 

Today when a piece of china is broken, it becomes an opportunity to use my Kintsugi kit again. It is so pleasing that the mended piece is even more beautiful than the original.

Action for Happiness have made their July calendar appropriate for our times which are hard for so many people. Stay well,  Dear Readers. There’s good advice here. Keep calm, Stay wise. Be kind.

 
 

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Greenfinch, Edible Garden and Baking

This is the first time this year that we have seen the Greenfinch at the feeder.

Our edible garden is blooming . We can’t keep up with it all.

This afternoon I have baked, over Skype, with LiveWire No 3 who is now 9 years old. T chose the recipe and we cooked along together, all sorts of ‘homeschooling’ going on without anyone noticing –  reading and maths, chemistry and problem solving! T’s ganache turned out much better than mine!  We now have the most delicious Chocolate Mud cake in each of our homes! I’ll decorate the rest of it with Violas tomorrow – and the second layer when friends call by for tea in the garden on Friday. It was a brilliant afternoon that we both enjoyed enormously. It’s my turn to choose the recipe for next week. That one will take some beating!

T’s Chocolate Mud Cake, double layers

Just one layer split for us, the other piece being frozen for another time.

 

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Postcards in Isolation

Our lovely neighbour is an artist and has been part of the Postcards in Isolation project, explained below.  She has been drawing ‘”Little Lockdown Pleasures,” the things that have given her pleasure while in lockdown. Because we live next door to each other we have been able to ‘meet’ over the wall throughout and this has been special for us both, staving off the worst of the feeling of isolation. Here is the postcard that she made of one of her pleasures.

Postcards in Isolation  was started by WildWorks, recognising that lots of people are not connected digitally. If you were shielding and not able to see your family and friends, then receiving a little personal artwork might prove cheering. It works by people nominating friends or family members to receive an art postcard. WildWorks artists then make the cards and hand write a message. Each card is unique. They  are also making cards for St Petroc’s, a local charity for the homeless, and Age Concern. Here are three more of Sue’s postcards which have gone out to cheer people up.  What a delightful and spirit-lifting idea.

The cards are free, but as this is not a funded project they ask that people make a donation if they feel able to. https://wildworks.biz/projects/postcards-in-isolation/

I’ve been embroidering all day, having the most lovely, peaceful and productive time.

 

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Shades of Yellow

Our walk today was highlighted by yellows, started after I spotted the yellow Holly leaf. After that, the yellows just shone out at us.

This afternoon, the yellow theme continued as I worked on some embroidery, a Christmas present for one of our LiveWires.

 

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Ladybird, Buddleia and Pudding

I learned today that a swarm of Ladybirds is called a Loveliness –  A Loveliness Of Ladybirds. With a name like that, no wonder Ladybird is believed to bring good luck, and when one spies one, is a reminder to count your blessings. Here is the one, a bit fuzzy as it wouldn’t stay still, that landed on the lovely Mr S yesterday.

The wild Buddleia which we see on our walk is blooming. It is also known as the Butterfly Bush so we hope to see lots as we go by in the next few weeks.

Also on our walk this morning, we could see that the Blackberries are beginning to form and we remembered that we still have some of last year’s in the freezer as family haven’t been able to visit. Blackberry and Apple Crumble is always on the menu when they do. We decided to celebrate being able to watch a football match on Tv for the first time in 3 months with exactly that. I have even made custard!  It’s a shame there’s no-one to share this family favourite with.

 

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Reds of Three Hues

Our eyes were drawn to the dramatic flash of red in the hedgerow on our walk today – it’s a Dock leaf.

Yesterday there was a bud and today a glorious frilly Poppy. Now it’s raining very hard so I hope it survives a bit longer.

Red again as I spotted out first two raspberries. We must net soon or we’ll have to share them.

 
 
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