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Monthly Archives: June 2019

First Sweet Peas, Weather Vane and Labyrinth

We picked our first sweetly scented Sweet Peas today.

The sky was blue and the ship on the weather vane showed up well against the cloudless sky.

I love how the evening sun lights up the labyrinth.  A  few  moments  before,  the whole labyrinth  was  illuminated.

 

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Market, Poppies and A Bee

We’ve had a brilliant time at the Redruth Re-loved Market today, lots of compliments and lots of sales! Here is part of our display on my stall!

Our Poppies are beginning to open.

The bees are busy collecting pollen.

 

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Breakfast, Glass and Sea Glass

Breakfast for LiveWire 4, designed by herself, Banana  and Blueberry Pancake with the biggest strawberry on  top,  with  cream  and  maple  syrup.

Her next design was with glass, choosing the colours and pieces that went together with the piece of brooch that she had brought before their holiday in the Scilly isles.  I shall make it for her in the next week or two.

She also chose a piece of sea-glass from all those she had collected on the beaches they visited when on holiday.

What a fabulous collection for me to work with in future pieces.  Thank you to the family for collecting so many beautiful bits for me.

 
 

Paddling, Painting and Sculpting

Off to St Mawes again today for lunch with my brother and his wife and our youngest daughter, her partner and LiveWire No 4. Paddling and ice creams were the things of choice in the heatwave that is now blowing across the UK.

I enjoyed watching an artist on the road with his palette, painting, I think, one of the pretty cottages but not the sea.

At the beginning of June it was Open Studios and we visited a Woodland Sculpture Garden where I fell in love with a beautiful piece, ‘Finger Labyrinth.’   It has not left my mind and I have pictured it in our garden. Today we went back and bought it and it is now exactly where I had envisioned it and it is perfect.  The garden was great fun for LiveWire No 3 who made her own sculptures.

 

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Cake Mix, Glasgow and Roses

I made a Chocolate and Beetroot Cake this afternoon for family arriving this evening. I love the mix when the egg yolks meet the melted chocolate.

If only everywhere welcomed refugees as Glaswegians do.

Blooming roses….

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2019 in baking, nature, Photography

 

Toilet Twinning, Poppy and A Bee

Our four clubbed together to send a surprise to the lovely Mr S for Father’s Day and it arrived a couple of days ago. They have twinned a latrine in Zambia  and we now have the Certificate in our downstairs loo.  When we volunteered in Mapoch, South Africa, building a classroom, we also worked on building a latrine for the school children and staff so this gift seemed particularly appropriate. www.toilettwinning.org

We’ve had a couple of sunny days after all the rain and the flowers are blooming…….

……. and the bees are visiting.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2019 in nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Take a Side, Pride and A Poem

We live in very uncertain times and many of us feel worried.  At choir we are learning several songs of strength and resistance written by our leader and I always leave choir feeling stronger and more determined.   One of our songs (and I will share them after their debut concert in July) is about standing up in the face of injustice and defending those less able to do so for themselves. I was reminded of these words of Desmond Tutu:

  “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

On Sunday, in Saltash, we waited for the Cornwall Pride Bus and the parade. It was brilliant and very well supported. One of our songs is about being who you want to be and loving who you want to love and I will share that one later too.

I have a friend who is a poet and he has recently had an event where he gave away A Poem on a Paper Bag – a delightful idea. He visited Cornwall last week but we have family here so couldn’t meet up. However, he has sent me my very own Poem on a Paper Bag and here it is, in his very own handwriting. Thank you so much, Kim. I love it – Jackdaws caught to perfection!

Kak-Kak by Kim Ridgeon

 

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King Harry Ferry, Gin and A Woodpecker

Over on the King Harry Ferry today to meet up again with my Brother and SIL, over here from America, in St Mawes, a pretty place even in pouring rain.

A G&T with my lunch!

And home again on the KHF.


Then an peaceful hour bird watching – a lovely variety (they don’t seem to mind the rain) including our first Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in some time.

You’ll have to look carefully to spot the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

 

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Saltash, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Ann Glanville

The Suitcase Singers went by train all the way to Saltash Regatta & Waterside Festival 2019 today to sing in the glorious sunshine, the highlight of the day being singing ‘Ann Glanville’ around her statue. It was a brilliant day out, singing our hearts out and interestingly,  being underneath the Brunel Bridge for a change!

Boat full of flowers on Saltash station

The Suitcase Singers with Ann Glanville about whom our lovely Claire, choir leader, has written a song

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

His bridge

View of the bridge from up the hill

Blue plaque to Ann Glanville

 

 

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Summer Pudding for Summer Solstice

Friends and family for dinner tonight and this was our pud.

Happy Summer Solstice to all my readers.

 
 
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