For Angie, my friend, on her and my birthday with love.
For Angie, my friend, on her and my birthday with love.
My beautiful and very talented friend, N, made this delightful felted picture of one of our favourite places, Godrevy.
It is where I would rather be today whereas I am nearby in St Michael’s Hospital having my hip replacement done. In four days I should be home and becoming increasingly mobile!
It was such a beautiful day today, a clear blue sky and lots of bright sunlight if rather cold. I was taken to see the sea at Chapel Porth, one of my favourite beaches so that I can hold that memory tight for the next few weeks.
2 We pass this charming little lighthouse on our way down to the beach and today I was able to get a photo.
3 This afternoon I have been drooling over my Christmas present from daughter No 2, a cookery book, ‘Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache’ by Harry Eastwood and planning all the baking I shall be doing when I am back on my feet and off my crutches.
Tomorrow is the day and as my lovely and wise Mum used to say, “This too shall pass.” I must admit to feeling somewhat apprehensive but this time tomorrow I shall have my new hip and be on the road to recovery. I’ve scheduled a few posts for the next week or so until, hopefully, I can start posting again.
1 Through the heavyrain this morning came a beam of sunlight. There was no rainbow but a beautiful patch of blue sky amid the clouds.
2 I have just finished off two pairs of leg-warmies for Grand-baby B. One pair matches the fingerless mitts that I made for her just before Christmas.The lovely Mr S will post them next week.
3 Last week I bought rainbow yarn for a new project which I started last night. It is in crochet which I can do but am not so expert in. Fortunately this project is very relaxed and it won’t matter that the sides are not straight! I love the colours which are not well replicated here. The Indigo is a lovely deep, dark blue and the Violet much more violet than in the photo.
1 A cosy indoors day today with rain hammering down and wind blowing, only popping out to pick up the paper. That was when we saw something to make us smile at next door’s front door. There’s snow expected further North. I doubt we’ll see any in Cornwall.
2 This good news story came my way so I’m sharing it with you.
“Yesterday this pile of blankets was all over the ground filthy, partially wet and frozen having been slept in the night before. I saw a D.C. city worker putting the stuff into what looked like a trash bag. Then this morning I walk by the same spot and see the blankets had been washed and folded… Made me smile”
3 As I unwrapped the present from Daughter No 3 and family yesterday, I began to smile and that smile has not left me! L said she was delighted when she found this small sculpture for us as she felt that it was just perfect and it is!
Just us this Christmas for the first time since we were married! After Birthday Breakfast – not mine but in honour of Daughter No 2 – we went off to Godrevy. For lunch we had Smoked Salmon and Prawn Stack, one of my recipes. We thought we really should do it ourselves as 1,788 people have looked at the recipe in December and it comes at the top of a Google search! It was delicious, of course! Now the goose is just out and resting so there won’t be another chance to post tonight – So, Happy Days to you all, my lovely readers.
Firstly, I would like to wish all my lovely readers a wonderfully Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
1 We went off to Trelissick Gallery today to see if we could find me a Christmas present. We did! Of course it is a surprise until tomorrow and it is to be my birthday present as well…. Here is a gallery of the lovely views and Christmas at Trelissick for you to enjoy. click on any photo for the caption and to see the detail.
2 It is traditional at our house to roast a ham for Christmas Eve and today was no different except that I made a wonderful crusty topping that was just delicious.
3 The International Space Station has passed over Britain twice this evening. The first time, 17.22, we were outside and chatting to our lovely neighbours while we watched but it was just too cloudy. The second time at 18.58 we watched it make its way across the sky. What magic! Some parents are telling their children that it is Father Christmas on his sleigh going by!
P.S. In the midst of our celebrations I just want to send my condolences to the mother in Glasgow who saw her 18 year old daughter and her own parents killed by the dust-cart that ran through Queen Street yesterday. What unimaginable horror to lose three precious loved ones at one fell sweep. My heart hurts for her. I send her love and hugs through the ether as so many others are doing today.
1 It always amuses me when I see this lovely face looking out at me from some merchandise, today, while wandering through the supermarket. Louis Tomlinson of One Direction was a lovely pupil in my English class many years ago! It’s his birthday tomorrow, so Happy Birthday Louis!
2 We are having a goose this year for Christmas dinner and I collected it this morning. This afternoon I have made the stuffing, leaving it now for the flavours to mingle. It has sausage meat with onion, apple, Armagnac-soaked prunes, sage, cloves and mace all mixed together. My mace is from some brought from Jamaica by my Sister-in-law when she went home a few years ago. I did not know until then that mace is the beautiful outer layer of a nutmeg.
3 I realised today that my favourite wool shop, Knitcraft Wool Shop, will be closing early tomorrow and not re-opening until 29th December when I will be unable to go shopping. The other day, I discovered a beautiful project for my recuperation days that requires yarn in every colour of the rainbow. Here they are:
1 Truro was lovely on this rather warm December day (11C/50F). We did some shopping, had hot chocolates at Oscar’s, visited the Cathedral and brought pasties home for lunch. Click on any photo for the caption and detail.
2 Arriving home, I discovered one of our lovely friends had called in to bring Christmas wishes as we had had to miss their Winter Solstice party and G also brought me a super collection of DVDs for my recovery time after my operation on 29th December. Such love and kindness are much appreciated. 3 This afternoon, after waving goodbye to four of our family, L and Grand-baby B Skyped and that was just a delight, listening to so many new words. This age of language learning is such magic.