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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Truro Station, Tea-Cups, Cornish Lane and Dessert

I must be a glutton for punishment but suddenly, I couldn’t let P&V get on the train this morning without waving them off so we went to Truro Station this morning to do just that. For some reason, it was less sad than last night and felt right.

Children’s art in the station foyer

Afterwards we went to Trelissick for some  R&R and lunch in the old house which was a special treat. I loved the clock in the dining room and plan on trying to make one like it.

Tea-cup clock

The drive home through the lanes is always beautiful.

Sunlight through the trees

We went to Porthtowan for supper with the Munich contingent and had a beautifully presented ‘dessert’ made by the little cousins.

Flower dessert

 

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Tea Set, By The Sea and Goodbyes

For many years, when we lived in Yorkshire,  I worked for two weekends in June as the ‘cash and wrap’ lady for Jane and Ted Hamlyn’s selling weekend. As payment, I always received beautiful pieces of Jane Hamlyn’s salt glazed pottery and I have the loveliest collection of her pots and some of Ted’s paintings.  One year, she made a tea set for a customer and then one for me for Grandchildren that we hoped to have but of whom there was as yet no sign. Now we have some and this week we have given the tea-set to B, LiveWire No 4. She has played with it every day and is delighted with it.

Jane Hamlyn Tea-set

We had lunch today at The Blue Bar with B, LiveWire No 4 and her Mum, Daughter No 3, my beloved Brother and his wife. Here is B, looking for her little cousins on the beach.


LiveWire No4 at the window of the Blue Bar

We have said Goodbye to my kid Brother and my beloved SiL today who leave on the train tomorrow morning and I am very sad. We have had a brilliant time and very soon I will be able to focus on that. Right now I am sad.

 

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2018 in art, family, Grandchildren, Postaday2018

 

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Poem, Cream Tea, Sign and Flower Paints

A beautiful poem came my way today and in these days of terrible stories of how refugees are being treated around the world, gives us all pause for thought.  It is Red Brocade by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952. I have shown others of her poems here and have loved each one of hers that I have read.  Thanks, P.

The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
where he’s come from,
where he’s headed.
That way, he’ll have strength
enough to answer.
Or, by then you’ll be
such good friends
you don’t care.

Let’s go back to that.
Rice? Pine nuts?
Here, take the red brocade pillow.
My child will serve water
to your horse.

No, I was not busy when you came!
I was not preparing to be busy.
That’s the armor everyone put on
to pretend they had a purpose
in the world.

I refuse to be claimed.
Your plate is waiting.
We will snip fresh mint
into your tea.

We took Cornish Cream Tea to our German family who are staying in Porthtowan this afternoon. It was the first time the children had had such a treat and they loved it – splits, homemade Strawberry Freezer jam and Cornish clotted cream!

Split with jam and cream

This delightful sign was on the beach today. Thanks, S, for the photo.Sign on Porthtowan Beach

LiveWire No 4 came home with us for tea and bedtime to give her Mum a break. Before tea, she helped me with the deadheading, loving to collect all the colours together. She then started to add their colours to her drawing and we were all delighted with the resultant colours.

Painting with flower petals

 

 

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Playing, Drinking and Eating

Oh, these family days are fun! Today was spent very happily with Daughter No 3 and her LiveWire with all manner of imaginative games and dinner tonight was with my kid brother and SiL at a local hostelry where the food is excellent and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming.

Playing jump up and down the steps

Good wine

Pavlova to share!

 

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The Pandora Inn, Swans and Restronguet Creek

We met all the family at The Pandora Inn on Restronguet Creek to have a Silver Anniversary lunch. The sun shone, the cousins played we all had a fine time!

 

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Cosmos, Lupins and A Poem

We have said goodbye to a friend today, a Humanist and a Socialist. We each took a red rose to put on his coffin and it was very beautiful . We listened to John Lennon’s Imagine and to an anti-fascist song, one which I sing with my choir, Bella Ciao, amongst the memories and life stories and it was all very moving.

Our white garden is very pleasing. White Cosmos in one border and the Lupins in another.

White Cosmos

White Lupin Spires, just standing there

I love the poetry of Seamus Heaney and this one is another delight.

Lupins – Seamus Heaney

They stood. And stood for something. Just by standing.
In waiting. Unavailable. But there
For sure. Sure and unbending.
Rose-fingered dawn’s and navy midnight’s flower.

Seed packets to begin with, pink and azure,
Sifting lightness and small jittery promise:
Lupin spires, erotics of the future,
Lip-brush of the blue and earth’s deep purchase.

O pastel turrets, pods and tapering stalks
That stood their ground for all our summer wending
And even when they blanched would never balk.
And none of this surpassed our understanding.

 

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Bouquet and Another Family Day

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This morning on our way to the Blue Bar for lunch with all the family, our newly met little niece, presented me with a little bouquet.

Little bouquet

Great fun was had by all the little cousins.

Getting water for the moat

The London branch of the family were due to leave by train this afternoon but in getting to the station we discovered that the train had been cancelled and the next one not for two hours which meant arriving in London well after 11pm. Home we went again to return for the 6.03pm.  When we arrived at the station the lovely lady behind the counter called us over and told K that she was doing her an up-grade to First Class because of the inconvenience! The children were over the moon and so was K! What a lovely kind and considerate thing for her to do.

 

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