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Little Bouquet, Hydrangea and Visa Success

We went to visit a friend who has recently joined the Hippie Club, having had his hip replaced a couple of weeks ago. We took a little bunch of Sweet Peas with some Pittosporum from our garden.

Sweet peas

In their garden is a beautiful blue-flowered Hydrangea bush.

Blue flowers

Blue Hydrangea

We came home to the excellent news that our Senegalese family have been granted their Visitors’ Visas and so can come to our Golden Wedding Celebrations in August! We will have all 15 of the family here! You probably wouldn’t believe the intrusive hoops we have to jump through for their Visas to be granted for a 10 day visit – our income, how many rooms in our house to accommodate the family, our itinerary, our passport details, our driving licences………

 

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Rear Window Box, Frida Kahlo and Sophie Hannah

Walking through Penryn this afternoon, I happened upon a treat – two window boxes on the back of a car! I smiled all the rest of the way to get my hair cut.

Lobelia and Primroses

Two window boxes

Here is another window from Studio 10 where the Frida Kahlo Exhibition opens on Sunday.

Studio 10, Bond Street, Redruth

Frida Kahlo

It is always hard to leave a place you love but more than that, it is the leaving behind of the people that you love. Sophie Hannah says that she wrote this poem when she was leaving Manchester for Cambridge and wanted to reassure a friend that her decision to leave did not mean that she no longer cared for them. The poem has a lovely rhythm about it and is easy to read aloud, giving me the feeling that she is speaking directly and in person to the one she is leaving.  The poem also makes me think of times when we are left by someone and it was not their intention at all……

Leaving and Leaving You

When I leave your postcode and your commuting station,
When I left undone all the things we planned to do
You may feel you have been left by association
But there is leaving and leaving you.

When I leave your town and the club that you belong to,
When I leave without much warning or much regret,
Remember, there’s doing wrong and there’s doing wrong to
You, which I’ll never do and I haven’t yet,

And when I have gone, remember that in weighing
Everything up, from love to a cheaper rent,
You were all the reasons I thought of staying,
And none of the reasons why I went

And although I leave your sight and I leave your setting,
And our separation is soon to be a fact,
Though you stand beside what I’m leaving and forgetting,
I’m not leaving you, not if motive makes the act.

 
 

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Beaver Badges, Bumper Sticker and Confucius

The garden has had some much needed rain today and I have been indoors sewing badges onto LiveWire 3’s Beavers uniform. I brought the job home to do and tomorrow I can post the little sweater back complete with badges.

Colourful embroidery

Embroidered name

In Falmouth this evening, we parked next to a car with a bumper sticker which I now aim to find for my car!

This is me!

Bumper sticker

One of my blogger friends posted the following quotation from Confucius this morning. Thanks, Ute. I like it.

Everything has its beauty 

but not everyone sees it. 

Confucius

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Beauty, Humour

 

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Purple Poppies, Frida Kahlo and Orange Car

I love the delicacy of these purple poppies’ petals.

A pair of purple poppies

A pair of purple poppies

We chose the route home that takes us along Bond Street where there is a newish gallery called Studio 10 whose windows we like to look into. What treasures there today! A whole exhibition to Frida Kahlo – and when I looked it up, I discovered that the exhibition, The Frida Experiment, starts on Sunday until July 15th with this byline –  ‘Sixteen artists working in various disciplines expressing how Frida Kahlo has influenced their work.’ I shall be back next week to have a proper look.

Frida Kahlo at Studio 10

Studio 10

Nearer home, there is a house where interesting cars can often be seen. Today it is this orange delight. I don’t know what it is but I like it and hope one of my readers may be able to enlighten me.

Waiting to be told what this car is....

Orange vehicle

 

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Dendrites, Window Box and Eggs

I love the feathery patterns in our sandstone terrace, dendrites not fossilised plants. You can read about them here https://thefossilcartel.com/2015/09/dendrites-mini-still-life-in-stone/

The window boxes on our shed are filling out prettily.

Friends at choir often bring eggs to sell. They have some new chickens who are laying beautiful small blue eggs, a lovely contrast with the big brown ones.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Beauty, environment

 

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Bee, Verbascum and White Strawberries

It is good to see bees busy on these Summer days.

Busy bee

Bee collecting nectar

I love the peachiness and furriness of these Verbascum flowers.

macro detail

Verbascum

What a feast for supper tonight! Our lovely neighbour came in to share our roast chicken and brought with her a cornucopia of fresh produce from her allotment – new potatoes (which I cooked with mint and butter), broad beans (for which I made a creamy white sauce), a courgette (which I fried in butter with lemon zest) and White Strawberries for our dessert. I think they are lovely with their tiny red seeds and they certainly taste good! The birds don’t recognise them as ripe so they survive!

Sweet treat!

White Strawberries from Sue’s allotment

 

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Sweet Peas, Cake Slice and Shelley

I have picked the first Sweet  Peas from our garden and they smell divine.

I bought a new cake slice when we were in London – no cake to slice with it yet!

I don’t usually post political stuff on here but today Jeremy Corbyn has been at Glastonbury and I loved his speech. In there were the following words: “In every child there is a poem, in every child there is a painting and in every child there is music.” Given that these essential subjects are being squeezed out of our current curriculum, these words were music to my ears. He  finished off with a quotation from Percy Bysshe Shelley – brilliant!

“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number-
Shake your chains to earth like
dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many – they are few.”

There were well over 100,000 in his audience!

 

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