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World Heart Day, Twins and Kindness

Forty two years ago yesterday, September 29th 1977, the older of our baby twins was operated on to save his life. He was 13 days old and the surgeon described his aorta as being as narrow as the inner tube of a biro. That wonderful surgeon, Mr Devereux, saved D’s life. I am reminded of this as a friend mentioned that yesterday was World Heart Day.

That lovely boy, who had to undergo two more heart operations, the second at 6 months and the final one at two and a half, is now the father of twins himself, LiveWires 5 and 6.

Shape sorting

The most important thing for us all to learn, in my mind, is to be kind.The following is what I wish for all our LiveWires.

 

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in family, Grandchildren, Kindness, Postaday 2019

 

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Queen Anne’s Lace, A Poem and Our House

Our walk ‘around the back’ along a short stretch of the Flat Lode Trail was rain free today. It was wild and windy and quite hard work but very satisfying. I was delighted to find Cow Parsley as our niece-in-law, a brilliant poet, recently shared the following poem about Queen Anne’s Lace, the much prettier name used by Americans.

 

Queen Anne’s lace grows quiet
by the roadside in spring.
With brilliant purity, leaves of chartreuse
and flowers champagne.
With edible bitter roots,
wild carrots you could call out by name.

Queen Anne’s lace grows dark
and brittle as a backdrop by fall.
She stays the night just as quiet as before,
with a heart hard as timber by sunrise
still delicate and breakable and
by some fortune still ignored
by the creatures with limbs that might call
out her name and

snap her by the stem for a memorial.

She will not break beneath the endless rains
the frost of the morning or
the bleak quiet of the cul-de-sac,
the shades of grey you could call out by name,
the warm bodies which brush blithe
against the lines of her form.

Queen Anne’s lace sleeps with
her fingers to the sky
and her body deformed in glory,
patient for the warm rains of late winter
and the sun like a cold flashlight
in the hazy sky which will beckon her
to wake once more and
glimmer by the highway
in hindsight
restored.

By Kari Bijou

We call this walk ’round the back’ as it goes up behind our house which can be seen, just, in the next zoomed in photo. Ours is the yellow painted one (the paint is called Cornish Cream) with a window in the attic, on the right of the two Victorian semis.

Our house

 

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Market, Conference and A Lane

Another busy day starting with having a stall at the Redruth Re-use, Re-cycle Market which was fun and I sold several pieces which was pleasing. The boots are a tiny version of the Sally-boots I knit for all new babies, knitted with fine golden yarn on very thin needles.

My sign on purple, white and green glass and a pair of golden boots

In the afternoon I attended a fascinating conference “Cornwall – Herstory”, run by the Institute of Cornish Studies. My choir were singing at the end of the conference which went down very well. I loved this particular slide when the speaker was telling us of the part Cornish women played in the abolishment of slavery while also explaining how some Cornish women benefitted from sad slavery – very interesting.

The campus at Tremough in Penryn is enormous and set on what was farmland. From the car park down to the lecture theatre students (and I) walked down this lovely lane which was transformed into a stream by the downpour that was happening as I splashed my way back after the conference.

 

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Nasturtium, Jelly Babies and Meatloaf

There is just one Nasturtium in our quirky monkey planter.

Sometimes only jelly babies will do!I made ‘A Most Excellent Vegetarian Roast’ today to share with veggie friends and it is very tasty! There was too much mixture for the tin so I made balls and fried them for our meal this evening. The recipe came from The Observer Food Monthly from August 2019.

I have posted the recipe for yesterday’s Jackfruit Lasagne on my recipe page. Here is the link https://mybeautfulthings.com/recipes-savoury/jackfruit-lasagne-vegan-or-vegetarian/

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2019 in Food, garden, nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Hedgehogs, Lasagne and September Flowers

One of the roundabouts in Truro has won an award! It is a delight to drive around but hard to take photos of so I have borrowed this one. If anyone can tell me the photographer, please do so that they can be credited. “The Roundabout Appreciation Society (RAS) praised the “quirky” roundabout in Truro, which features hedgehogs named Cecile, Patricia, Denzil and Kizzy.”

Truro roundabaout voted best in UK 2019

I have made another Jackfruit Lasagne to share with veggie friends. It is truly delicious!

Jackfruit Lasagne

In our late September garden there are Fucshia, Japanese anemones, Clematis and amid them all, a smiling Welly Dog.

Garden end September 2019

 

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Buddleia, A Mural and Seed Heads

A brave bit of Buddleia was sprouting out over the harbour in Falmouth this afternoon.

Lone Buddleia

There was a new mural on the wall from the car park into town.

Walking along above Gylly Beach later, the views were beautiful, as always.

Agapanthus seed heads

 

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The Last Few Busy Days

We arrived home on Wednesday evening and went straight to the sea.

Porthtowan

We spent Thursday unpacking etc. On Friday morning we went to stand with the Youth strike for the Climate in Truro

The Red Rebels

……..  and in the evening to a splendid Sing and Supper at Mount Pleasant Eco Park with friends.

The delicious menu

Saturday saw us in Truro again for International Peace Day and taking part in a flashmob in Truro Cathedral. The following video  gives a flavour of the wonderful event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qrh5gsj4Dg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3I76PlF-HhRaB1CPfe7ASme5VslagI6GG_bmPJMcJU8t_5tlR0TlqEZVo

Today I have made my first Christmas angel of the season out of Victorian window glass and some pretty beads I picked up while away.This afternoon we have been blackberry picking and got caught in a drenching storm and this afternoon ……..

Water rushing down the hill

….. I have made a blackberry cake, Thomasina Miers’ Spiced Blackberry and Brown Sugar Crumble Cake and so – we are home! More about our adventures in later posts.

 

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