Cornish Mists, Precious Books and Pressed Flowers

04 Sep

1   We are promised four days of Summer starting tomorrow but today is a typical Autumn day, full  “of mists and mellow fruitfulness”  (From John Keats’ poem, To Autumn, 1820:)

Mist droplets on a web

Horses in the mist and a rabbit running away

2   I spent this damp day doing more sorting. If you’ve been following long, you’ll know that constant but gradual ‘de-cluttering’ of things I inherited is happening at our house!  Today it was a bookshelf where I found some beautiful books which have gone straight back onto the shelves! Just look at these…..

The Fern World, published 1877.

Just look at that beautiful lettering!

Fronds unfurling – plate

Fronds unfurling -index to plate

Plate Four

Plate Four info

Published by the Great Western Railway in 1923

I travelled on some of those branch lines, pre Beeching.

I’m saving another treasure for another day. It is so lovely to handle these books knowing they were also loved by my Mum and Dad.

3   Pressed in a Diary and long forgotten, I discovered some beautiful pressed flowers. I picked all these in our garden the day we moved back to Cornwall mid January 2008. I am thrilled by the retention of colour in the primrose, the crocus, the snowdrop, the tiny blue flower and the greenery.

Beautiful flowers pressed January 2008


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24 responses to “Cornish Mists, Precious Books and Pressed Flowers

  1. Kathleen Richardson

    September 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’m new to My Beautiful Things and really appreciating the beauty you spot. A special addition to my days. Thank you.

    Keep writing…

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comments. I hope you continue to enjoy my beautiful things 🙂

  2. dhphotosite

    September 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    All beautiful things indeed!

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Aren’t they? That book of ferns is amazing – I could have posted so many lovely photos!
      Thank you for your appreciation 🙂

  3. aleafinspringtime

    September 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Dear Sally, those are some really beautiful pictures. I really love them! Sharon

  4. niasunset

    September 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you dear Sally, this is amazing post again, the web fascinated me. Love, nia

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I do love webs covered in dew drops! 🙂

  5. Flowerpot

    September 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Wonderful Sally – great pictures and another great post xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Good luck to you for this afternoon! You’ll be great! 🙂

      I took orders for 6 more copies of your book at the Inglehearts on Monday! xx

  6. valeriedavies

    September 5, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Is there any chance of these beautiful posts being made into a book so that we can keep them forever, and mull over them and savour them over and over again? Please?

  7. hotlyspiced

    September 5, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I love that beautiful old book. It’s gorgeous. And a treasure. How special to have something in such good condition from so long ago. xx

  8. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    September 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    fascintating – thank you for sharing these – enjoyed them immensely

  9. lodgehousebandbsomerset

    September 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    just lovely, great photos

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    September 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Your life is so FULL. You are amazing…

  11. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    September 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I wouldn’t even have noticed the rabbit running away if you hadn’t mentioned it. Good catch.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you! I was pleased! )

    • mixedupmeme

      September 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I missed that too. I always look at her pictures big and up close. You see so many more amazing things. 🙂 It’s like another story within a story.

  12. Choc Chip Uru

    September 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Those beautifully pressed flowers, that lovely dewy scenery – reminds me of girl with the dragon tattoo 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      I loved that book! Thank you for your always pertinent comments! hope the exams are going well 🙂

  13. granbee

    September 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Since Cornwall is that part of England that reaches furtherest west towards the U.S., I very much value these treasures from this early September day there.


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