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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hebe, Haystacks and A Titanic Moment

1   I love how the sun has caught the purple edge of the Hebe leaves and highlighted the stamens on the flower.

Hebe in my Suffragette garden

Hebe in my Suffragette garden

2   Going out in Skippalong today to follow the Tall Ships Parade of Sail we noticed pleasing haystacks on the horizon.(I’ll post a gallery of the beautiful ships tomorrow)

Tall haystacks

Tall haystacks

3   Our friends took the opportunity for a Titanic moment as we were moving through the channel to see the Tall Ships.

N&G's Titanic moment

N&G’s Titanic moment

 

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Seed Head, Basket of Flowers and Savoury Scone

1    The clematis in the front garden has lovely fluffy seed heads – and this one has a Green Shield Bug on it.

Seed head and beetle

Seed head and beetle

2   Truro’s hanging baskets are quite splendiferous this year – every turn brings another beauty.

One of Truro's glorious hanging baskets

One of Truro’s glorious hanging baskets

3   We are having a picnic with friends tomorrow and I have baked a Mary Berry recipe, a Scone Tray Bake for the shared lunch. I’ve also collected lots of beautiful salad leaves from the garden.

Peppadew and Cheddar Scone

Peppadew and Cheddar Scone – it tastes as good as it looks! I had to try a bit so that it fitted the box!

 

 

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Rosehips, Hollyhocks and Cuckoo-pint

1   Leaving my piano lesson today, the hedge once full of wild roses is now full of Rosehips. Had I more time, I would have collected some for Rosehip Jelly.

Rosehips

Rosehips

2   A neighbour is growing Hollyhocks. These pale pink beauties are about10′ tall!

Pink Hollyhocks

Pink Hollyhocks

3   Along the lane the Arum maculatum, also known as cuckoo pint or cuckoo-pint here in the British Isles is named thus in Nicholas Culpepers‘ famous 16th Century herbal. These berries are sadly poisonous if very glossy and lovely looking!

Cuckoo-pint

Cuckoo-pint

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Fray

I like the frayed nature of some bark and grasses.

Frayed Silver Birch trunk

Frayed Silver Birch trunk

Fraying grasses

Fraying grasses

For others in this Challenge, click on this link.

 

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Falmouth Art Gallery, Unicorn and Tall Ships

1   We were in Falmouth for the four day Tall Ships event and had a delightful day, first in the always pleasing Falmouth Art Gallery. There was a really touching exhibition on ‘The Boy Who Bit Picasso” about the friendship between Picasso and a young boy and his family. If you get the chance, do go and see it.

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2   We called in to see an exhibition of work, The Art of Happiness, by our very talented artist friend, Suzanne Crook, and I fell in love with a small painting which we bought as our Anniversary present to each other. On our way through the town we spotted one of her signature pieces, a fantastic bejewelled Unicorn. I would so love to have one of these!

Rocking Unicorn by Suzanne Crooke

Rocking Unicorn by Suzanne Crook

3  And at last we arrived at the Tall Ships – they really are magnificent. Look closely and you will see some sailors on the  main stays. It looks very precarious!

Some of the Tall Ships in Falmouth Harbour

Some of the Tall Ships in Falmouth Harbour

 

 

 

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Goldfinches, Love and Lasagne

1   More and more Goldfinches are coming to feed each morning. This photo was taken from indoors and a long way away. You may have to click and zoom to find all six if this lovely family.

A Goldfinch family feeding

A Goldfinch family feeding

2   I like the thoughts in this little poster that was sent to me.

Do your best

Do your best

3   Supper tonight was a delicious Chicken and Mushroom Lasagne.

Golden topping

Golden topping

 

 

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Jewel Raindrops, Marmalade and Celebration

1   More rain and more jewel drops on the leaves!
Rain drops in the sun

Rain drops in the sun

2   All the fruit is now out of the freezer and 15 jars of marmalade now join the Raspberry jam on the shelves. What a glorious colour the marmalade is.
Seville Orange Marmalade

Seville Orange Marmalade

3   We are out tonight for a delicious dinner to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary, off on the train to Penzance.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Beauty, nature, photography, Postaday 2014

 

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Sand Dollars, Rain and Light Balls

1   I was sorting through one of my treasure boxes today, one that I haven’t looked at for years and years and I discovered four beautiful sand dollars, three still hairy and one cleaned up by the sea. We collected them on Savannah Beach, Georgia, USA in 1980! They have been wrapped up in tissue paper for many years and it was a lovely surprise to see them again and to remember our walks along the beach. Click on any photo to see the delicate flower pattern. They really are the most beautiful things.

2   The garden is delighting in the rain and I like how the downpour has distorted the view from the kitchen.

Drenched garden

Drenched garden

3   I have loved these coloured light-balls ever since I first saw them in Truro some years ago and the other day we bought some! They are all connected up and now I just need to place them.

Light balls

Light balls

 

 

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Autumnal Colours, Sweet Peas and Raspberry Jam

1   It certainly feels Autumnal today! It’s raining and so much cooler and the leaves are beginning to turn.

Autumn Colour

First Autumn Colour

2   In a lull in the rain, I went out and collected our last few Sweet Peas. I wish you could smell them too….

Our last few Sweet Peas

Our last few Sweet Peas

3   I decided to use the Raspberries that we picked in the summer to make Raspberry Jam and Raspberry Jelly so as to free up space in the freezer. Now they can be stored in jars on the shelves and leave room for all the batch baking of dinners that I am preparing.

Today's jam and jelly

Today’s jam and jelly

 

 

 
 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette

At Chapelporth the other evening I took this photo of another photographer up high on the rocks.

Taking a photograph of a photographer at Chapelporth

Taking a photograph of a photographer at Chapelporth

This next was of balancing dancers in Falmouth last summer.

Dancers at The Pavilion in Falmouth in silhouette

Dancers at The Pavilion in Falmouth in silhouette

I love how this next silhouette of an old engine house chimney has furry edges.

Wheal Busy in silhouette

Wheal Busy in silhouette

I know this was last week’s challenge but I’ve been too busy! To see other splendid photos in this Challenge click here.

I dedicate these photos of Cornwall to my sister, Deborah, whose birthday it is today.

 

 

 

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