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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Reflection, Shadow and Primrose

Don’s blog, read early this morning, touched a chord and even before my breakfast I had spotted three beautiful things!

1  The sun catching a beautiful piece of green glass that was my Granny’s and throwing light onto the window edge.

Reflected sunlight

Reflected sunlight

2   Those of you who know my copper Monkey Planter, made by Jeremy Beswick, will recognise this shadow thrown by the early morning sunshine.

Monkey shadow

Monkey shadow

3   A fallen Primrose with its soft furry stem lies on the stone wall.

Primrose

Primrose

P.S. I love the serendipity of the colour tones that sometimes happen in my posts. It happened yesterday and it has again today. There is no artifice in this! It truly is serendipty – I don’t even notice it until I look at the preview and then it pleases me – another beautiful thing!

 

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Akebia Quinata, Raindrop and Malus Blossom

Between our garden and next door is a fabulous plant called Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine or Five-leaf Akebia) a shrub that is native to Japan, China and Korea. It scrambles over the fence and at this time of year produces lots of tiny purple flowers that are supposed to smell of chocolate but that has eluded me so far.

2   Lupin leaves collect the rain and the raindrop catches all the angles of the leaves.

Lupin Leaf with raindrop

Lupin Leaf with raindrop

3   Our Crab Apple, Malus Evereste, has lots of blossom.

Malus Evereste  blossom

Malus Evereste blossom

 
 

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Dendrites, Narcissi and The Weird People

Our patio is getting its annual clean with pressure washing. I’m like a big kid playing with the water. I love it every Spring when the Dendritic patterns are revealed again. Cornwall is very damp and a green film grows over the stones over the winter and it’s like magic when there they are again, so delicate and pretty!  I used to think they were fossilised ferns but no……  “Dendrite Limestone (sometimes called picture stone or painted stone) is an amazing original work of art by Mother Nature. The patterns occur naturally due to the presence of iron and manganese oxide Dendrites.  Dendrites are the branch-like formations of manganese oxide crystallising within the limestone.”

2   The lovely Mr S brought me some beautiful flowers to help chase away the virus.

Narcissi

Narcissi

3   This delightful blackboard came my way today. Thanks, Rachel – spot on!

Blessed are the weird people Jacob Nordby

Blessed are the weird people – Jacob Nordby

 
 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Motion 2

Last Mid Summer Solstice, jumping the flames as part of the Mid Summer ritual. I love how the stripes are all blurry showing the speed with which the jump is made. What a joyful celebration it was!

Jumping the flames

Jumping the flames

For others in this Challenge, click here.

 

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Bee, Fly, Knitting and ShelterBox

1   I fed a tired and possibly cold, bee some sugar syrup this morning and we were very relieved to see it fly away later on. Look carefully and you can see it drinking from the spoon.

Bee sipping sugar solution.

Bee sipping sugar solution

2   A fly settled on the tarpaulin I was working on this morning. I have never seen one like it with its orange patches on the wings and orange tipped feet. I have tried to look it up and would be delighted if someone could identify it for me.

Unidentified fly

Unidentified fly

Our lovely neighbour’s niece is expecting her first baby any day now and the first size Sally-boots are ready.

Sally-Boots

Sally-boots

I have mentioned Nepal in my last two posts. I just heard that our Cornish based charity, ShelterBox, is on the ground already and assessing how they can help. They had a deployment of boxes in the area so will be able to provide help quickly. They are a wonderful charity. Look them up here . I am so deeply moved by this tragedy having fallen in love with the place and its people on our visit in 2013. Here is the Durbar Square as we saw it and a photo from ShelterBox.

 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Motion

In honour of our fellow human beings in Nepal who are suffering in the terrible earthquake, I give you a gallery of ‘motion’ pictures taken when we were lucky enough to visit in October 2013. Beautiful people, beautiful country. My heart goes out to them all.  Click on any photo for detail and the caption.

For others in this week’s Challenge, click https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/motion/ .

 

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Car Boot Sale, Potting On and Today’s Poem

This morning we went off to the car-boot sale to see if we could find plants we are looking for – some Verbena Bonariensis and some Lupins. We found both. I am always on the hunt for fine bone china beakers and today I found a very pretty one for 50p! There is a little ivy leaf inside too.

New beaker

New beaker

I have spent all afternoon potting on some plug plants of Cosmos, all white ones as we love the look of white flowers in evening summer sunlight.

Potted on seedlings

Potted on seedlings

Today’s poem in my book, Poem of the Day, is one I learned by heart as a child and which has a special resonance for me.

Home Thoughts, from Abroad by Robert Browning

O, To be in England
Now that April ‘s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossom’d pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray’s edge—
That ‘s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower
—Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

 

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