I noticed some windows in Redruth for the first time today and loved the fact that ‘DRESSES’ and ‘MANTLES’ are still etched into the glass. I’m hoping a local reader will know what the shop was in its heyday.
The West End Drapery Stores were quite something and the premises are still lovely on the outside. One section of the old shop is being renovated and has been recently painted and the floor tiles cleaned up.
I baked some Courgette and Mozzarella Muffins today and they were delicious.
There were protests all over the country today about our Parliament being prorogued. 1.5 million have signed a petition in less than two days. Despite our strong feelings, there was still humour to be found in some of the posters and in the words of our songs.
We met several friends there despite the whole thing only being organised overnight and we were delighted to met Georgie, a friend’s lovely curly haired puppy who has grown so much in a few weeks.
There are three spires on our Cathedral but only two visible from the car park.
Here’s a poem by John Clare that resonates with me.
Nature Has a Feeling
All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks Are life eternal: and in silence they Speak happiness beyond the reach of books; There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay Is the green life of change; to pass away And come again in blooms revivified. Its birth was heaven, eternal it its stay, And with the sun and moon shall still abide Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.
John Clare, photo by Natalie Doig, sent to me some time ago.
There is an early Autumnal feel in the air despite the occasional warmth of the sun.
1. We have been eating beans for a couple of weeks but now there are more than we can deal with so, having made pints of Runner Bean Soup, I have today made a big batch of Fagiolata, as suggested by our lovely neighbour. The purple beans looked lovely against the red of the tomatoey, oniony, garlicky sauce though as soon as they were cooking, they became green.
2. The Crinodendron always delights at this time of year with some crimson flowers still, the glorious pearl-filled seed pods and the tiny new flowers just starting.
3. The Dahlias come into their own in late August. I love them with the white Cosmos.There’s our Welly Dog in the background.
4. Hydrangea Petiolaris is even more gorgeous as it turns from white to russet.
5. New plantings of Pak Choi and Winter Lettuce in the edible trough are beginning to come through. The upside-down hanging basket frames are to protect the seedlings from next-door’s cats.
6. We have cut the Gladioli to have indoors as the wind has not been treating them well.
If you would like to join in Six on Saturday, (or even Sunday) go and visit The propagator.
At the garden centre we bought some Leucanthemum and the sales assistant asked, ‘Shall I get rid of the Horse Fly before you put the plants in your car?’ Yes please was our reply.
A horse-fly, Tabanus eggeri,
Walking through town I noticed a door with beautiful glass which I haven’t spotted before.
A door on Bond Street
Our lovely nephew and family gave us a box of chocolate biscuits, two bottles of wine and a very pretty rose bush to say thank you for lending them our beach equipment and having them round for supper – it was all a pleasure for us so the treats were both unexpected and special.
Special chocolate biscuits
It’s my kid sister’s birthday today so this post is for her! Love you, D.
Our buses have charming slogans on the back and today we saw a new one.
The car park in Camborne has delightful carving of local plants.
What a quiet day! Everyone has left and we have spent the day washing bedding and towels and missing everyone. Here is the pillowcase from the lovely ‘cats in sneakers’ bedding set we use for the LiveWires.