Monthly Archives: July 2016

A Red Tailed Bumble Bee, Tendril and Gratitude

Our Cornflowers are attracting lots of pollinating insects, last week a stripy Hoverfly and today a beautiful Red Tailed Bumblebee.DSCN3664

I love the corkscrew way the Clematis tendrils are curling around the purple flowers here.DSCN3633 (1)

This French proverb came my way recently and I like it.Gratitude



Sails, Songs and The Sunset

A morning’s sail followed by an entertaining evening of song with The Devil’s Hat Band and then a glorious sunset.



Twin Knitting, Buttons and Borage

I am knitting baby clothes in pairs for our twin Live Wires due next January! Only just able to share this delightful news.:)

Twin cardigans with buttons from the expected babies' Great Great Grandfather

Twin cardigans with buttons from the expected babies’ Great Great Grandfather

My Father’s Father, my Grandfather,  was a button salesman and I still have cards of his buttons which I have inherited and treasured. I have sewn some of them onto these tiny cardigans which pleases me greatly.

Buttons from my Grandfather

Buttons from my Grandfather

The blue of Borage flowers is gorgeous and really enhances a salad.

Beautiful Borage

Beautiful Borage


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Baby Hat, Birthday Cake and Agapanthus

It was a wonderful morning with the choir, The Suitcase Singers and friends. We sang some beautiful ‘feel better’ songs, one of them a beauty by Helen Yeoman which she wrote in response to an atrocity by the Taliban in 2009. We need to feel the love and spread the love. The harmonies created are almost overwhelming.

It was Claire’s birthday so I had made her a delicious cake, Chocolate, Almond and Date Cake ( a new sugar free recipe apart from the chocolate drops that I added!)

One of Claire’s daughters was with us today having just returned from a month long school trip to Uganda where her school firm links with local schools. Before Saffron went, she and all the other pupils first fund raised both for the cost of the trip and to support the schools that they visit and each pupil collected a suitcase of donations, baby clothes, art materials, school supplies and games equipment. Among the things that we sent was one of my knitted baby hats and today Saffron gave me photos of the baby to whom it has been given. You can imagine my delight and the tears of joy!

The school kept a blog while they were away if you would like to read of their experiences click the red link.


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Weekly Photo Challenge – Cherry On Top

The Cherry On Top this week was going for a walk after the rain finally stopped and finding some beautiful raindrops caught in webs and on leaves. Click on any photo to see the reflections in the drops and to appreciate the strings of diamonds on the webs in the grass.  For others in this Challenge click this link.



Penzance, Art Deco Lido and Flowers

Home late! Come back tomorrow for photos! You’ll be pleased that you did!

Here they are  – click on any photo for the caption. The delightful street sign photos were taken from a moving car.


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Cornflower, Sunflower and A Cliff Walk

We have lots of Cornflowers in bloom. I caught one with an unusual Bee on it.  This afternoon I went to visit Sue at her allotment. Her Sunflowers are very lovely and this evening we  walked to Wheal Coates watching the activity in the sky, hang gliders and Kestrels! Click on any photo in the gallery for more detail. The feathers on the Kestrels are just amazing!


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Buddleia, Carn Brea Castle and Baby Snails

The rain stopped and we went out round the back along a short section of The Flat Lode Trail. The Buddleia is now blooming though we didn’t see any butterflies which is quite unusual as it has the nickname Butterfly Bush. The Gorse and the Heather are in bright bloom too.

From the top of the hill we could see Carn Brea castle in the distance and realised that we could see sky right through the window!DSCN3322

On the metal plate of a gate, the lovely Mr S spotted some tiny snails, barely 2 cms across. You can see that they are hardly the size of the rust spots.DSCN3334


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Rose of Sharon, John Donne and Happiness

As I drew the curtains back this morning, the sight of our neighbour’s Rose of Sharon looked as if the sun were rising over the wall and I thought of a favourite love poem, John Donne’s The Sunne Rising, which you will find under the photo of the bright golden sunshiny flowers.

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon


               Busy old fool, unruly sun,
               Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains call on us?
Must to thy motions lovers’ seasons run?
               Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
               Late school boys and sour prentices,
         Go tell court huntsmen that the king will ride,
         Call country ants to harvest offices,
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
               Thy beams, so reverend and strong
               Why shouldst thou think?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long;
               If her eyes have not blinded thine,
               Look, and tomorrow late, tell me,
         Whether both th’ Indias of spice and mine
         Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.
Ask for those kings whom thou saw’st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear, All here in one bed lay.
               She’s all states, and all princes, I,
               Nothing else is.
Princes do but play us; compared to this,
All honor’s mimic, all wealth alchemy.
               Thou, sun, art half as happy as we,
               In that the world’s contracted thus.
         Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
         To warm the world, that’s done in warming us.
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy center is, these walls, thy sphere.



This meme came my way today and I’d like to share it.



Happy and peaceful days to you all, my dear Readers.


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Be Brave, Day Lily and Love For Our World

Be the kind of person

Thank you for those words, Nikita Gill.

The Day Lilies are very lovely, a new one every day.DSCN3308

There are terrible acts of violence happening all over the world and today it has all come a little nearer to home as we have family in Munich. We have heard that most of them are safe and await news of the others. (Just heard that they are safe too.)  My heart hurts every time we hear of such attacks and hear the news from war torn areas and of the plight of the refugees. We need more love in our world. I try to be the kind of person who spreads love. Take care, all my dear Readers.



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