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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Rainbow, Slow Cooker Supper and Singing

I love rainbows.

Behind Truro

I tried a new recipe for tonight and it was delicious. I’m trying to do two each of vegan, vegetarian, meat and fish over each eight day sequence and this is a splendid vegan meal.

Classic Celeriac Pot Roast ready to start its six hours

We have been singing carols for the start of Krowji’s open week of art sales – lots of fun. Here is a small group singing a bit of Gaudete.

 

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St Michael’s Mount, Windsurfer and Sunset

We had hoped to see the Marazion murmuration this evening but the wind was far too strong and the starlings just flew in in small groups and went straight to roost in the reeds. There was still beauty to be found!

St Michael’s Mount

One of three windsurfers having fun

Dramatic sunset

 

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Fruity Decorations, Angel and Pockets

There was a delightful Christmas Market outside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  I resisted most of the stalls though I loved the fruity decorations which I am going to try to make and, everywhere we go, I buy a new Angel for the Christmas tree. There was music playing around the market and one of the songs was ‘Nana Nanita’ a Spanish lullaby which both my choirs sing.

Fruity stall

New Angel

I have another lovely poem by Kim Ridgeon to share. I find this somehow evocative of childhood  and love the ideas of pockets full of secrets, beliefs, memories and fears. I don’t know who is in the photo but I do have permission to show both the poem and the accompanying photo.

Pocket song from Jean

 

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Books, Clouds and The Nearly Home Trees

We took a couple of books with us for the Grandbabies (who are now 20 months and not babies at all so LiveWires 5 and 6) and then took LiveWire No 1 shopping in Granollers to choose her own good read. She chose a Wimpy Kid book, stories also loved by her English cousin, LiveWire No 2. We also found more books for the little ones in Catalan and English. These are children who, like their big sister, are growing up speaking Wolof, English and Catalan (and later Spanish too!) It is brilliant to hear them understanding all three languages and responding.

Flying home today was almost entirely fog bound but then the clouds broke up for a few moments and we could see the snow-covered mountains.

Over the Pyrenees

If you read my blog regularly you will have seen similar photos before.  All of us who leave Cornwall for whatever length of time and then drive back in, look forward to our first glimpse of the Nearly Home Trees which signals our return to our beloved Cornwall. This was taken at speed!

We love this copse in Devon, just before the border into Cornwall, that signals we are nearly home.

 

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Gaudi, Wisdom and Garden

Where were we? Click on any photo for more detail.

Wow!

I loved these words found in the Grandbabies’ nursery.

Live all the days of your life / Live every day to the full – Jonathan Swift, found in the Nursery

A very pleasing garden in the Primary School, where all classes take their turn to cultivate and to share in the produce.

School garden

 

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Statue, Acacia and Cake

Reading outside the greengrocer’s

Acacia

Millionaire’s shortbread

 
 

Glass, Sky and Playing

I have always loved Bristol blue glass having grown up with a beautiful piece which I have featured here before – a glass rolling pin. Find it here.

Bristol blue glass

The sky has been clear and beautiful today.

Blue sky

LiveWires 5 and 6 have been playing with a shape sorter made by my Grandfather for my Mother to use in her teaching of infants. Then my three siblings and I played with it, next,  our four children and now it is the LiveWires 5 and 6 watched over by their big sister who are playing with the toy made by their Great, Great Grandfather. Isn’t that just wonderful?

LiveWires 1, 5 and 6

 

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Sculpture, Angel and A Poem

Outside the bank in Truro we came across a sculpture. I need to find out more about it.

Metal work soldier to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War

The lights are on in the City of Truro.

Christmas Angel in Truro

The following very moving poem came my way and I have permission to share it. It is one of the ‘ghost generation’ in the sculpture above.

Eternity by Kim Ridgeon

If only no-one could see the borders, whether from outer space on here on our blue planet. Thank you for this, Kim and Jean for introducing me to it.

 

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Dessert, Advent Calendar and Truro, City of Lights

We had dinner out before late night shopping and then the wonderful City of Lights lantern parade.

Dessert – such a good idea – a sliver of cake with coffee

I fell for this beautiful colourfully felted Advent Calendar but it cost £99. It has inspired me to make something similar for next year. I shall have to start in January!

Advent calendar

Detail

The lanterns this year were better than ever. Many of my photos haven’t worked but here is a taste of the skill and loveliness of the carefully crafted lanterns.

 
 

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Passion Fruit, Roses and A Veggie Supper

On my walk today I noticed some orange colours in the vine growing up one of the houses. As I neared the building,  I realised that it was a Passion flower plant with fruit and a flower still blooming in mid November and at 2C!

Passion flower vine

At Sue’s this afternoon, catching up, every now and then there was a soft sound as the petals fell from the pink rose. What a beautiful picture all the colours make here.

What gorgeous colours!

Supper tonight was delicious, a new recipe that I came across in my sorting on a supermarket recipe card dated from 2005. As usual, I adapted it a bit!

Rarebit Stuffed Peppers

You can find the recipe on my Recipes – Savoury page or here https://mybeautfulthings.com/recipes-savoury/rarebit-stuffed-peppers/

 

 
 

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