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Tonight’s Blue Moon

through the tree at the back of the garden.

Blue Moon 31.7.2015

Blue Moon 31.7.2015

Blue Moon

Blue Moon

 
 

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Thistle, Hang-gliding and Special Ice-Cream

It was a beautiful day today and we took our books up to St Agnes Beacon, watched the sea and the activity and read in the warm sunshine.  The purple thistles were glorious against the deep blue of the sea.

Thistle and Blue Sea

Thistle and Blue Sea

2  I had fun watching the hang-gliders.

Hang-glider

Hang-glider

3  Later we went to Chapelporth for the wonderful ice-creams that they serve there. They are called Hedgehogs and are a dollop of Cornish ice cream topped with a dollop of Cornish clotted cream which is then rolled in Toasted Hazelnuts – utterly decadent and delicious!

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

I loved this message from the life-savers.

Whoo Hoo

Whoo Hoo

 

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Pictures From the Train

We have travelled home today  from a lovely few days with family in London and as always the journey home was magical.  As we pull in to Truro station, I can almost see my 6’3″ Dad there waving at me , meeting me from college up-country and taking me, not straight home but straight to Perranproth , sea-starved as I was.  Here is a gallery of scenes from the train. to give you a flavour of how wonderful this journey is. Click on any photo for more detail.

 

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Brunch, Paper Flowers and Post Box

We love having brunch in Caffe Concerto before we spend the day in The Royal Academy. Today I had Eggs Benedict – delicious!

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This is the rose that was on our table.

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In the Burlington Arcade there were hanging bouquets of beautiful paper flowers.

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Along the street I noticed a very interesting plaque on a post box.

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Given yesterday’s post – I smiled at a dozen strangers today and eleven smiled back. Three stopped for brief cheerful conversations. I was very happy with that!

 

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Icing, Tiles and Community Happiness

There is a delightful cafe in North Finchley where children can be treated to a Gingerbread person and a tube of icing with which to decorate using their own imagination. T’s became a ginger bread Granny with curly hair and two bionic hips!

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The entranceway in the cafe and the sides and front of their counter are all done with colourful tiles.it makes for a warm and welcoming entrance.

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While we were sitting, waiting for KJ to pick us up for lunch, we were approached by three lovely young women who wanted to try out some ideas on us. If they gave me a flower and wished me a good day with the plan that I should then do the same, would I like the idea? Yes, I said. I would do that. How often did I smile at strangers? All the time! Do they smile back? Yes, most of the time. I told them about my blog and asked if they would mind being featured as their ideas really appealed to me. Their aims are to see how they can promote community spirit between people. They were really smiley and left me with some food for thought.

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Shakespeare, Blue Raindrop and Cherry Tomatoes

Sorting out some books today, I re-discovered my Granny’s prize book, presented to her in 1902. The stories are beautifully told and I loved them as a child. The author’s name doesn’t appear on the front, only on the spine. The illustrator, Gordon Browne, is credited on the front cover. I do like this Bottom and the fairies.

The Shakespeare Storybook

The Shakespeare Storybook, one hundred and thirteen years old!

The spine where the author's name is written

The spine where the author’s name is written

Presented to my Granny

Presented to my Granny

2   The Agapanthus I showed you about 10 days ago is opening. I loved how the rain drop looks blue in the curl. Click on the photo and zoom in!

The agapanthus is opening

The agapanthus is opening

3   Our Cherry tomatoes in the hanging basket are doing really well. We had our first harvest today and they are delightfully sweet.

Hanging Cherry tomatoes

Hanging Cherry tomatoes

Our Cherry tomatoes, first picking

Our Cherry tomatoes, first picking

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Close Up

My daily blog often has close up shots as I find beautiful things. Here are a few of my favourites. Click on any one for more detail.

Reflection in a Grand-baby's eye

Reflection in a Grand-baby’s eye of the black and white art book she is looking at

For others in this Challenge, click here.

 

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Peace Walking Man, Bagpuss and Escallonia

I have told you about our friend Paul who is walking from Rome to Jerusalem in the cause of Peace (click here for my first post about him). Today this video of an interview in Milan came to us. I thought you might like to meet him, the Peace Walking Man as the Italians call him, in his own words. Please click on the link.

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2  I was talking to a friend this morning about Bagpuss, the saggy old catpuss, whose TV show was so loved by our children. Only two days ago, I had bought a little Bagpuss that I had been wanting for months! The shop he was in has just changed hands and I thought he may not be replaced so I just had to get him to add to the soft toy collection that is loved by our Little Livewires.

A Bagpuss kitten

A Bagpuss kitten

3   The other day we bought a white Escallonia to brighten up a rather dull corner and today, Mr S planted it. It is evergreen so will still be lovely when the Fuchsia near it has died down for the winter.

Escallonia

Escallonia

 

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Marrow, Smiley Bus and Baskets

Last night as we came home quite late we found this beautiful marrow on our doorstep – from Sue-next-door’s allotment. Thank you. Now to find a new way to cook it! Marrow and Ginger Jam was a family favourite. I shall have to look up the recipe.

Marrow in the dark

Marrow in the dark

I love our new Cornish buses. As they approach they seem to be smiling and each one makes me smile back!

Smiley Cornish buses

Smiley Cornish buses – you can just see the Town Clock in the distance, towering over the main street

3    There are beautiful hanging baskets all over our town, brightening up the streets.

Just a few of the beautifully full and colourful baskets in Redruth

Just a few of the beautifully full and colourful baskets in Redruth

This may not seem to be a beautiful thing but it is in that it takes away all the uncertainty – I have my date for my second Hip Replacement operation – August 19th.
This is a very good date as all the family will just have left after a 10 day holiday with us, D&A&NM from Barcelona, KJ,J&T from London, L&B from Norfolk and M from Exeter. We will have all our four together which hasn’t happened for almost two years so it is very exciting.  It is also more than 12 weeks before Christmas so I will be back, all singing and dancing for that celebration when we are hoping that the whole family will be together again as the Visas needed by the Senegalese contingent of our family are for 6 months. Big smiles all round!

 

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Sea Singing!

It was the last sing with Suitcase Singers this term so afterwards we all went down to Gylly Beach for a big sandy picnic.  A bunch of them went in the sea and sang for those of us on the beach and it was rather lovely!

Singing in the sea

Singing in the sea

I did make a video but the sound of the sea and the wind almost drowns out their singing of Oxygen.

 

 

 

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