1 It’s been a beautiful sunny day and I’ve been tidying up the garden. Lifting the lid on the rhubarb forcer, I found these delicate slug trails which shimmered and silvered in the sunshine. I’m not sure what the surface film was made of, webs perhaps.
Looking down into the terracotta rhubarb forcer onto the film with silvery slug trails
2 The purpley-blue of these little flowers is very beautiful. (I can’t remember the name and the label has gone. Help please?)
Blue star flowers
3 The smoke may not be beautiful but to have our first barbecue tonight was!
1 I’ve been looking at this beautiful sculpture for months, after singing on Thursdays, and longing to have it as mine. I’ve been saving up and today, went into the workshop for the second time. The first was months ago to enquire about it. Today, I have bought it. The Fledgling is now mine and I can pick it up next week. It has been waiting for me all this time!
The Fledgling by Richard Holliday
2 The clouds this evening have been beautiful, all sorts of lovely patterns. I have to learn what the patterns mean in terms of weather to come.
3 Our Clematis Montana is coming into flower and is very lovely.
1 Yesterday at the Museum, I was interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall about what object I was putting into the Wildworks’ Cabinet of Cornish Curiosities and my piece was used in the Breakfast programme! You can read about my object here.
2 I ordered some seeds a couple of days ago and they arrived today! I am so impressed with the company! They are called Seedaholic and provide a fantastic service. The seeds came beautifully packed and with all manner of useful and interesting information. The ground is now ready and I plan to sow them tomorrow.
Red Oak Leaf Lettuce seeds
Nicotiana seeds, Jasmine Tobacco
3 We’ve bought the most delightful new birdhouse with two storeys, the top one a nesting box and the lower level for seeds. The lovely Mr S put it up last night and whenever I see it, it makes me smile!
1 I took the bus into Truro this morning and was delighted to find it was a double decker so I was able to get some pleasing shots of the countryside we went through.
The sea from the bus
I love the green of Spring leaves, from the bus
Truro Cathedral from the bus
2 I spent most of the day volunteering at the Royal Cornwall Museum helping with the Wildworks project, The Museum of Us. The fabulous Cabinet of Curiosities is filled with treasures from Cornwall, most collected by Jane Darke, from Porthcothan and other beaches in North Cornwall. If you are reading this and live anywhere near Truro, do come and marvel at the stuff inside the cupboards and drawers and bring in an object that means Cornwall to you. The project aims to collect objects that will be displayed in the cabinet and become The Museum of Us. Do click on the photos to see the detail and to read the labels.
Drawer in the Cabinet, all items found on Cornish beaches
Driftwood from all over the world washed up onto North Cornish beaches
Mum and the two girls at the Cabinet with Jane Darke
3 Two lovely little girls, aged about 6 and 4, came in with their Mum and their shoebox of treasures collected on Treyarno Beach and showed them to me explaining why they loved them. I loved the piece of Cornish stone that Poppy had embellished so prettily and she was happy for me to take photos of her special beach-found treasures.
Poppy’s treasure box
Poppy’s beautifully decorated stone
Corn husk, found by Poppy, possibly come over on the seas from America
Storm Trooper’s hat, found by Poppy on Treyarno Beach
1 The golden glow of the duck eggs I was about to use for lunch was very beautiful.
Glorious golden Duck eggs
Naturekitchen Herb Salt
Duck eggs with Cornish Herb salt
2 An omelette with the duck eggs and mushrooms and salad was our simple lunch today.
3 The lovely Mr S has finished sanding the 100+ year old floor in the dining room, removing years of grime and varnish and it looks so softly beautiful. Now to decorate and then to put the furniture back.
P.S. You will all, no doubt, be aware of the terrible murder of a young soldier in London last week. Such hatred has been stirred in some people by this. Russell Brand has written with eloquence, love and tolerance here and I thought you might like to read his words that I echo. With love to all my readers of all religions and none, wherever you are in this beautiful world that we share.
1 Friends have recently adopted a wonderful dog whose owner is off to Australia so couldn’t keep him. He’s a Lurcher and is one of the sweetest and best behaved dogs I have ever met. I’m not really a dog lover, having been seriously frightened as a child, but Duke is just delightful!
2 Our friends have a delightful cottage just by Tehidy Woods and we spent a lovely sunny afternoon walking and talking our way through the woods up to the coast and round again. Click on any photo for an enlargement.
Sunlight on new leaves
Sawn off trunk
Tree in pool of sunlight
Another woodland path
Where is this path going?
3 The sea was many beautiful hues of blue in the sunshine.
Rocks and sea
Golden gorse and the sea
All in all, it was a beautiful day in every way: sunshine, wonderful natural beauty, exercise and being with good friends – what more could one ask? And, I almost forgot, a delicious Cornish cream tea before our walk and a fabulous meal afterwards!
1 After another lovely day with L and Grandbaby B, I came home just in time to be part of the Three Choirs event at Trelissick Gardens: all three of Claire’s choirs singing together on the great lawn, about 100 of us and it was brilliant! The cafe art being done by the artist Carol, whose work I wrote about here, is now finished with a beautiful Tower added to the lovely Wisteria stencils.
Trelissick Water Tower by Carol
2 On top of the Water Tower is a delightful weather vane with a golden squirrel instead of the traditional cockerel.
The Golden Squirrel on the tower
3 The Wisteria outside the cafe is in full bloom and echoed by the stencils inside (See this post for the photos) Further into the garden and after the concert, I took the last photo by the light of tonight’s full moon!
1. We had given up on our white Camellia flowering this year, its first season with us and then, this morning, I noticed this beautiful blossom, in May rather than February – but it is as cold as February so maybe it has been fooled!
2. Grandbaby B has a new bouncing cradle where she is happy to lie and watch what’s going on. She is also beginning to smile and found a musical toy pleased her greatly.
3. We’ve been watching the Great Tit going in and out of the nest box just outside the window. L says there are six baby birds in there so no wonder he’s so busy. I was delighted to catch him on camera!