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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Hobbes, Primroses and A Feather


It is the season for  Primroses and there are lots in bloom now. They are so very delicate.

A little feather had become caught in the grass. I love the colour and lines of the dry grass against the white softness of the feather.

Feather

Feather

 

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Moss, Stream and Sign

We took a new turning on our local walk today as the path has always looked quite seductive. It turned out to be one we won’t repeat but there was a beautiful moss and ivy covered wall with a shaft of sunlight falling on it.

Moss and Ivy

Moss and Ivy

There was a rushing stream tumbling through the bottom of the valley. We could hear it long before we  were able to cross it.

Stream

Stream

As we turned back for home, we spotted this delightful sign on a gate. I know quite a few people who could make good use of such a sign.

Watch out for our Grandchildren

Watch out for our Grandchildren

 

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Lunchtime Concert, Rose Window and My Scarf

What a lovely concert in the beautiful Truro Cathedral this lunchtime!  Here is one of our songs which I hope you will enjoy. It is ‘This is My Cornwall’ by Harry Glasson and is almost our Cornish anthem! Thank you to the lovely Mr S for the recording.

We were looking down the cathedral towards the Rose window and at one point the sun came through though I didn’t catch it then as we were singing! The photo was taken as we were leaving.

The Rose window in Truro Cathedral

The Rose window in Truro Cathedral

You will have seen that we all wear black with some splashes of red for our choir performances. This scarf is my new accessory for performances. I bought it specially for the wedding of one of our members for when we sang at her wedding in December and I love it!

My special scarf

My special scarf

 

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Milk Flower, Rainy Day and Sally-boots

This morning I added some milk to beaten eggs for breakfast and a beautiful milk-flower appeared.

Milk added to beaten egg

Milk added to beaten egg

Through a rain-stained window…..

Flowers, the Fledgling and a Hare

Flowers, the Fledgling and a Hare

Good friends are soon to become grandparents and so I decided to make some Sally-boots for the new arrival. I made them with the multi-coloured wool I used for Live-wire T’s balaclava but knitting something so small, one boot turned out blue, green and yellow and the other in pink , orange and purple making a somewhat quirky pair of boots!

Quirky Sally-boots

Quirky Sally-boots

I found more-or-less the same start point for the wool and made two more so now the new baby can have two quirky pairs or two pairs of matching boots!IMG_9279

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T's balaclava

T’s balaclava, with requested hearts

 

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Sea View, The Bengal and A Pie

This morning, it being cold, crisp and clear, we could see the sea from our bedroom window when we drew the curtains. How lovely is that? Shame about all the wires but it really was that blue!

The sea at Porthtowan and St Agnes

The sea at Porthtowan and St Agnes

The Bengal cat visited again. Can you see the plethora of white feathers on the ground? Something plucked a pigeon yesterday, no body to be seen, just a mass of feathers….. I don’t think that was done by a cat.

The Unnamed and very beautiful Bengal

The un-named and very beautiful Bengal

I’ve made a couple of individual Chicken and Leek pies today to put in the freezer. In fact, we share one but they would be for one for most appetites.

Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie, ready for baking

 

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Trelissick Treasures, Soup and Clock and No-one puts their children in a boat

Before I met some lovely friends for a coffee in the cafe at Trelissick I had a brisk walk around the garden. Here are a few of the delights therein.

We had a delicious soup for lunch after the lovely Mr S returned home from working on the boat in bitter if bright weather.

Carrot and Orange Soup

Carrot and Orange Soup

It was a full moon on Sunday so I was able to set the Moon and Tide clock that was one of my birthday presents. We were in Barcelona for the last full moon so this was my first opportunity.  I shall really enjoy watching the progress of the moon and planning outings based on the tide.

Moon and Tide clock

Moon and Tide clock, made from recycled flowerpots!

 

I am listening to BBC Radio 4 as I prepare this post. The following poem has just been quoted from. It is in a book about to be published called, I think, ‘Poems which make women cry.’

Warsan Shire, a Somali-British writer and poet in her 20s, uses her work to explore stories of escape and journeys. The poem below, entitled “Home”, is written from the perspective of someone escaping violence, and losing their home. Not only is Shire a very talented writer, this poem is also a powerful answer to common claims that asylum seekers are moving for economic reasons, or because they just feel like it. The majority of the Syrian people who have attempted to enter Europe in recent months were legitimately fearing for their lives, and felt like they had no other choice.  You can find the whole harrowing poem here. It is well worth reading.

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled 
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
pitied

 

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Mud, Pastels and Spring Planter

Waiting for the lovely Mr S and Nick the  Sailman to take down the Genoa for repair of the sacrificial strip, I took photos of the reflections in the wet mud as the tide was out. Even mud can be beautiful!

  
We went into Truro in the afternoon and had a cup of coffee in the art shop where the supplies for artists are just wonderful. I love the colours of these pastels and still have a yen for creating a scene in water colours. My sister is an artist, my Dad also,  as well as being a novelist and I still wish I had this talent. Maybe I just have to try to know if I can or not. 

 
There are some lovely Spring planters in Truro. 

 

 
 

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