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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Maine Coon Kittens, Teapot and Feather

1   Our eldest daughter has just adopted two very beautiful Maine Coon kittens. Here they are at 13 weeks old. They are making her very happy! There’ll be more photos to come I am sure.

M's Maine Coon kittens

M’s Maine Coon kittens

Gizmo and Lisbeth

Gizmo and Lisbeth

Aren't they just beautiful?

Aren’t they just beautiful?

2   I found this beautiful little decorated tea pot in a junk shop many years ago and today used it to make a fresh ginger and lemon infusion with Cornish honey. Delicious!

3   This lovely little feather  landed on a leaf outside the front door.

Feather caught on a leaf

Feather caught on a leaf

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters 3

The title, Letters, immediately made me think of the sort that you post and I remembered the delightful photo collection of mail boxes I made when in New England last Autumn. We don’t have letter boxes like these in Britain and I loved finding interesting and personalised mail boxes along our road trip. Click here if you would like to follow our road trip around New England in the Fall. Some photos were taken from a moving car when it wasn’t my turn to drive!  Click on any image for a bigger version and here for others in the Challenge.

 

For more fascinating takes on this theme have a look here.

 

 

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Garden Blues, Peace Knits and A Bouquet

1   Our garden has gone from being mostly yellow with a bit of blue to being mostly blue with a bit of white and it’s lovely! Click on any photo to see the detail.

2   I have just finished my fifth piece for Wool Against Weapons and have sat in the sunshine this afternoon listening to bird song and making a start on the next one.


I am posting the instructions for the pieces here for my blogging friend, Patty, who would like to know how to contribute to the 7 miles of Knitting for Peace. If anyone else out there would like to join the cause, we’d love to have your pieces to add to ours!

KNITTING AND CROCHET DIMENSIONS
1 unit =100cm long x 60cm wide        39.5″ long x 23.5″ wide

Use any stitch and any wool…suggestion: approx. 80 – 90 stitches wide – dk size 7 needles/4.5mm with approx. 100 rows – use a tape measure, it really varies!
crochet dk chain approx 75 st
any stitch
any colour of pink!

(I have found that I need 110 stitches on 5mm needles but it really does vary. To gauge how much wool knitters would need,  I weighed my first piece and it weighs only 180 grammes but the Suffragette one weighs 300g with the others coming in somewhere in between!)

3    A lovely surprise this afternoon – H from The Ingleheart Singers very kindly called in with a beautiful bunch of flowers from all my singing friends saying how much I am missed. I’m missing them too and the singing in harmony. Singing would be good for  for my soul and for my lungs and I want to get back as soon as possible!

Lovely 'Miss you' flowers

Lovely ‘Miss you’ flowers – Thank you so much, Inglehearties!

 

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Cornish Lane, Door Knocker and Classes Booked

1   The lane we walk down to town is a mass of Spring growth – Bluebells, Ragged Robin, Three Cornered Leek, Fiddleheads on two kinds of Fern and fresh green Nettle growth.

The lane down to town

The lane down to town

2   This delightful door knocker made from a small trowel caught my attention in Falmouth.

Delightful door knocker

Door knocker and shadow

3   We were in Falmouth to book our Sailing Classes. Sadly they are booked up until the end of May but then we do our two day RYA Level 1 course!

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Beauty, nature, photography

 

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I Did It! I Went Sailing and I Loved It!

Some of my readers will know that I have a fear of being on or in water though, of course, I love being near and watching the sea. When the lovely Mr S bought a boat, I knew I had to beat this fear. Today we went for a Taster Sail with The Falmouth School of Sailing and I just loved it! Rob, the Centre Principal, was brilliant, showing me the boat, giving me the option to come back another day as it was really quite windy and gusty today and generally making me feel safe.
Within moments I had been given the tiller and just found myself grinning with delight at the whole experience – the wind, the feel of the boat, the sound of the water, the splashes and  – well, simply the exhilaration of being out on the water. Mr S says he couldn’t take his eyes off me because I was just grinning from ear to ear and he was so delighted that I was enjoying myself after a very quiet and worried morning.  We are both very happy!   Our next move is to sign up for the RYA courses to learn how to do this properly.  Click on any photo for an enlargement.

 

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Note to Self and A Recipe

Today I’ve posted two Photo posts for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters – and the recipe for Easy Peasy Lemon Cheesecake  which I spoke about yesterday so here is a note to myself to look after myself. You could do the same! Take care all my lovely readers.

Note to self

Note to self

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Food, Postaday 2014, Words

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters 2

Imagine being the Stone mason who, 200 years ago, had to carve the letters into this gravestone which is in Mylor Churchyard, Cornwall.  What a story is herein told, especially by the graphic portrayal of the lightning, the waves and the boat  For more fascinating entries in this week’s Photo Challenge, click here. 

To the memory....

To the memory….

 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

We saw this delightful piece of art using neon letters in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts last Autumn.  I really like the way it tells visitors what they can and shouldn’t do in the nicest possible way.  To see lots of other interesting interpretations in this Challenge, click here.

Neon art by Jeppe Hein

Neon art by Jeppe Hein

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Blossom, Earth Day and Easy-peasy Cheesecake

1    Our Malus Everest is coming into blossom. From beautiful red buds come the most delicate pinky flowers.

Beautiful blossom

Beautiful blossom


2    Talking online with another blogger today, Louisa about Earth Day, 22nd April, I was reminded again of the philosophy of Native American. This from their code of ethics:  

Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her. 

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3   I have made a family favourite dessert for a shared supper tomorrow – Mum’s Easy-peasy Lemon Cheesecake. I saved a little of the mixture for our supper tonight. I’ll put the recipe up very soon.

Just the best and easiest Cheesecake

Just the best and easiest Cheesecake

Little Cheesecakes

Little Cheesecakes to sample tonight

 

 

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Arbour, Violet and Gold

1   I have spent the entire afternoon sitting in the arbour, listening to the birds, an old fashioned lawn-mower and Radio 4,  knitting my fifth piece for Wool Against Weapons and reading the odd chapter. An afternoon full of peace and tranquility – bliss!

The Arbour, my knitting, the radio and a good book to read

The Arbour, my knitting, the radio and a good book to read

2   On my way to the back of the garden, I spotted a beautiful Cornish Violet peeping through some Primroses. In all the years I was away from Cornwall, I always had Cornish violets and primroses in my garden.

Cornish violet

Cornish violet

3   In the back wall serendipity has had a hand. The Primroses that I planted there have centres that exactly match the golden blossom on the Berberis Dawinii and the border is looking beautiful.

Berberis Darwinii

Berberis Darwinii

Cream Primroses with a golden centre

Cream Primroses with a golden centre

Today is also World Cancer Day. Most of us know of someone who has won the battle, someone who is fighting the battle and someone who has lost the battle … let’s remember them all, especially today …
My heart remembers my lovely Mum and Dad, my dear friend Kath, to whom I dedicate this blog and two dear friends we met while volunteering in Mapoch, Marnie and Pastor Peter. They were both remarkable people and you can read about them by clicking on the red links.

In the past, I have mentioned ‘going up to England’ and some readers have questioned this, saying but isn’t Cornwall part of England?  Today, The UK Government have announced that the Cornish people will be officially recognised as a national minority under the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/cornish-people-formally-declared-a-national-minority-along-with-scots-welsh-and-irish-9278725.html

 

 

 

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