Monthly Archives: February 2012

Paolo Nutini, Flowers in a Boat and Traveller Returns

1. Listening to Paolo Nutini on the journey up to London and these words stayed in my mind: “If you love the life you live, you’ll get a lot more done.”

Paolo Nutini

2. On Saltash Station there’s an old rowing boat full of Spring flowers, quite delightful.

3  Lucy has landed! Home from the trek up to Everset Base Camp.

I can’t work out how to put up photos from my iPad so they’ll all have to wait until we get home.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Gilgamesh, Twins and a Black Cat

1  Today I came across a scrap of paper on which I had written down something I heard on the radio and loved. Checking it out, I find it is from an ancient Iraqi poem, “Gilgamesh”:

” Let your every day be full of joy, love the child that holds your hand, let your wife delight in your embrace, for these alone are the concerns of humanity.”

I found this fuller explanation online: ‘Reflecting on the death of his friend, Gilgamesh decides to search for the key to eternal life, an ultimately futile quest. “Gilgamesh, what you seek you will never find. For when the Gods created Man they let death be his lot, eternal life they withheld. Let your every day be full of joy, love the child that holds your hand, let your wife delight in your embrace, for these alone are the concerns of humanity.”‘

2  Also came across this very old and much loved photo of my twins (sorting again!)

Lucy and Daniel

3  This lovely sleek cat joins us in the garden quite often and reminds me of my growing up days when we always had much-loved cats.

The Neighbourhood Cat

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Continued Brass Trade, Eden Reclamation Yard and Pine Lodge Gardens

Thank you, Peter

1  Yesterday, too late for my post, this lovely message came on Facebook – “My thank you to Sally Smith – I have made this for her as she kindly gave me 2 large sheets of brass. I have called this the Sally Smith Award Trophy – it is made from Mahogany and Brass.” Thank you so much. Peter Airey. It is a beautiful piece.

2  Went to Eden Reclamation yard to find edging tiles for the new terrace being started today. Found none but took some very pleasing photos of reclaimed stuff.

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3  On the way home called in at Pine Lodge Gardens to see the snowdrops.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Photography Course, Chips and John Betjeman

1  We’ve spent the day at Lanhydrock on a brilliant course on Camera Basics with Helen Morcom and Andrew  Rowe, patient and skilled teachers. The morning was in class and the afternoon was spent ‘in the field’. I can now take photos without using the Auto setting! I feel confident using the other settings and some of my photos are quite pleasing but I’ll have to keep practising.

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2  We had chips for lunch!

3  John Betjeman on Cornwall -thanks to my singing pal, Sally B. Mum and Dad gave me his collection of poems, ‘A Ring of Bells’ many years ago and, of course, I still treasure it.

John Betjeman


Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Blossom, Raised Beds and Welsh Snowdrops + Senegalese Wedding

1  On my walk down into Redruth today, this beautiful blossom took my breath away.

Blossom 25:2:2012

2   Mr S has cleared the patch for the new terrace and spread compost on the raised beds, ready for vegetable planting quite soon.

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3  Lovely friends brought us some more snowdrops from their place in Wales.

4   + a little extra! Just had over an hour with Daniel on Skype talking about the wedding and all the things we need to know about before we go to Senegal. I have to send my measurements to Ami so that she can get my wedding outfit made up for me before we arrive! It was Ndeye Marie’s 4th  birthday last week and Daniel sent some photos while we were chatting.


Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Reasons to be Cheerful, Piano Lesson and New Blog

1   Been to The Hall for Cornwall tonight to see “Reasons to be Cheerful’ a kind of homage to Ian Dury.  It’s fabulous! It’s funny and touching, it’s loud and it’s rude and it’s enormous fun! My face is aching from all the grinning and singing! It’s on tomorrow too  Do go and see it if you can! All the favourites are there in this musical/gig –  Reasons to be Cheerful, Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, Sweet Gene Vincent, Clever Trevor…..

2    Today’s piano lesson marked One Year of Lessons and my teacher tells me that she’s really pleased with my progress. So am I; there are pieces that I can play just for pleasure now, simple maybe, but pleasing nevertheless.

3   From a comment on yesterday’s post, I found this new blog which I found really touching. Do have a look.


Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Singing Amy Winehouse, Lucy News from Namche Bazaar and Daffodils

1  Fabulous singing session this morning learning ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse.  As the harmonies built up and then the melody came over the top – it was brilliant!  And I hadn’t liked it much on first listen. I love the way Claire can do that for us!

2   Came home to find this message from Lucy on Facebook:   “Now that was the hardest thing that I have ever done and possibly the hardest thing that I will ever do, I got very sick and nearly didn’t make it, but did and now I’m flying back down the mountains… lots of love to all… Still taking sponsorship…

We are so proud of her and delighted, that despite being so sick, she made it!

Everest Base Camp

3  There are daffodils in the garden, some open, others just bending their heads ready to burst.  There’s a field near Ponsanooth on my way to Penryn that has daffodils all over it and it’s such a delight to round the corner and see them.  It’s not commercial growing – they’re just there!


Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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