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.
2 A neighbour is growing Hollyhocks. These pale pink beauties are about10′ tall!
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
Underside of the biggest sand dollar
Tops and bottoms
Cleaned by the sea
2 The garden is delighting in the rain and I like how the downpour has distorted the view from the kitchen.
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.
1 It certainly feels Autumnal today! It’s raining and so much cooler and the leaves are beginning to turn.
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
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.