Daily Stuff, Clematis and Red Leaves

12 Oct

Storm Callum has been beating its way across Cornwall today and we have mostly stayed indoors doing the everyday stuff. This poem by Naomi Shibab Nye, Daily,  seems the right one for today though no washing was hung outside!

Daily - Naomi Shihab Nye
These shriveled seeds we plant,
corn kernel, dried bean,
poke into loosened soil,
cover over with measured fingertips
These T-shirts we fold into
perfect white squares
These tortillas we slice and fry to crisp strips
This rich egg scrambled in a gray clay bowl
This bed whose covers I straighten
smoothing edges till blue quilt fits brown blanket
and nothing hangs out
This envelope I address
so the name balances like a cloud
in the center of sky
This page I type and retype
This table I dust till the scarred wood shines
This bundle of clothes I wash and hang and wash again
like flags we share, a country so close
no one needs to name it
The days are nouns: touch them
The hands are churches that worship the world


The Clematis over the arch is hanging very low making it hard to get through – but I love how it looks this late into the season. Even after the storm, it is still looking good though blown about all day. We still have dangerous winds to come…….

Clematis taking over

Yesterday in Penryn, these richly coloured leaves caught my attention.




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7 responses to “Daily Stuff, Clematis and Red Leaves

  1. commonprose

    November 1, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Gorgeous clematis!

  2. maureenjenner

    October 13, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    The season of mists, winds, rain and the multi-coloured fruitfulness that is autumn; a season we love or the echo of summer or the harbinger of winter, but the clematis, in all its forms, has always been welcome in all the gardens I have created over some sixty years.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 13, 2018 at 9:15 pm

      I love Autumn, its colours and its mists and I like cosy evenings by the fire. 🙂

  3. Heyjude

    October 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    The clematis is wonderful – name?

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      When the storm subsides, I’ll check the label. 🙂

      • Heyjude

        October 12, 2018 at 11:17 pm

        Thank you! Hope you are not getting too battered. It is pretty horrendous up on the hill, though no danger of flooding!

        • mybeautfulthings

          October 13, 2018 at 5:16 pm

          We are okay. We are also up a hill so no fear of flooding but it has been very wild! Stay safe. 🙂


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