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Kintsugi, Potting On and A Posy

Some years ago I learned of the Japanese art of kintsugi, the ancient art of mending broken pottery with gold, thus making the mended piece even more precious that it was when whole. Last year I broke a very precious green glass pot inherited from my Granny. It smells still of her powder as it contained powder and a puff which, as a little girl, I found quite fascinating. I was heartbroken and then found a kintsugi kit online! I mended the powder puff glass and an old serving dish that was broken some years ago. Today, needing a pot to plant up the rest of the Sweet Peas, we decided to mend an old terracotta pot inherited from my Mum which she had mended once but which had come apart at one of the joins. So, kintsugi into action again!

Lots of little plants arrived earlier than expected and needed to be potted up so I spent a happy couple of hours doing just that in 9cm pots donated by our lovely neighbour, looking forward to a summer of beauty.  These will all going into pots on the steps.

I picked a beautiful little posy this evening.

 
 

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Today’s Walk, Donations and Growing Lambs

It was lovely that on our walk, while keeping two metres apart, everyone smiled, said hello and wished each other to stay safe. Here is a view from TheGreat Flat Lode looking out over St Euny Church  and over to the sea on the North Coast of our beloved Cornwall.

Last week, St Petroc’s, the local charity for the homeless, put out a call on Radio Cornwall, for towels and soaps. We put together a couple of bags but could find no way to get them to Truro. Today a young woman who works with the charity came by and picked things up. Being homeless in today’s circumstances must be just about impossible but St Petroc’s are doing a wonderful job.
A donation came my way today too, of some very lovely pieces of glass. These belonged to our Dear Neighbour Bill Mitchell and S has just given them to me and I thank them both. I think these pieces will make a beautiful Tree of Life.

The lambs in the back field are growing. We love watching them bounce about and here share a joyful few moments with you.

 

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Daffodils, Lentils and Preparation

Our order from Sarah Raven arrived much earlier than we anticipated so we have had to empty the daffodil pot in order to plant the Sweet Peas. I cut the Daffs to bring in and we have buried the bulbs so that the leaves can die down naturally.

I have made a Ragu sauce with lentils instead of meat tonight and it was delicious.

We have prepared the planting place for the Sweet Peas with their wigwam. I’ll put the beautiful looking little plants in tomorrow.

Tonight my neighbours and I will be in the garden at 8.30 to sing for peace as people around the world will be doing. Join in if you would like to singing Peace, Salaam, Shalom.

 

 

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Narcissi, Lunch and Cushions

Our last Narcissi of this type in a jar with some Rosemary prunings are brightening up the kitchen.The words are from Bob and Roberta Smith who think that the common goals humanity aims for; love, peace and well-being, outweigh the things that divide us.We  agree.

We had lunch in the garden again, in the sunshine and sheltered from the very cold wind in our arbour.

The back of the arbour is wood and hard to rest back on, so we came up with the idea of hooks to hang seat cushions on and we are very pleased with the result.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2020 in art, Food, Photography, Postaday2020

 

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A Cat, Narcissi and A Poem

My post today is for our Dear Friend, N, with all the love we can muster. First, one of next door’s cats posing on a post.

Our Suffragette garden is full of white and green. The purple bits (crocuses/Hebe)  finished before the Narcissi burst into life or haven’t flowered yet (purple tulips)but we are reminded of the strength of those amazing women whenever we are in the front garden.  We can find that strength now.

This poem came my way the other day and I wrote to the poet to ask for permission to share it with you here – Serenity Prayer by Brian Bilston, so apt at the moment. Thank you BB. I have posted one of his poems before. Click here to read it.

 

 

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Tulips, Lambs and Reading

We are loving how the tulips react to the sunshine, being closed in the mornings and wide open as they warm up in the sunshine.

The lambs in the back field are so curious. When I appear over the wall they are always on the alert.

Reading in the sunshine has long been a pleasure and now more people have the time to do this and to escape into other worlds.

 

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P.E. Lessons, Tree Work and Magical Droplets

Yesterday Daughter No 3 told me about an online PE session that she and LiveWire No 4 are doing each weekday morning so I had a look at it. What fun and what a beautiful and charming young man as teacher! I joined in what I could (not a lot really!) and it felt really good that for a short time I was doing a workout with the LiveWires. It is a live video and invites comments for a shout-out so I sent a message saying, “Granny Sally, 74, in Cornwall enjoying PE with Grandkids in Suffolk and London” and we got a shout-out that we and the London contingent heard!  Try it with your distant Grandkids – it’s fun to feel that, despite the distance, we can still do things together.  Joe creates the most amazing online community with his positivity and encouragement.

A  Dear Friend is also a tree surgeon and today he came along to save our phone line from being broken by next-door’s trees. He did a fantastic job, all of us staying at least 2 metres apart, much more when he was up the trees!

G started early and the dew was still on the plants. I could hardly believe the way the droplets had gathered here on the beautiful new leaves.

I have forgotten what this plant is called…….

 

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Lunch, Bread and Pak Choi

We had planned to go to our friends for lunch today. We were going to plant some more trees and then to have lunch in the new woodland, two metres apart of course, with our own soup in a flask. However yesterday’s announcement made us think twice about that so I put our soup in the flask anyway and we took our lunch out into the garden where the veggie plots are awaiting planting.

I baked bread this afternoon while I was cooking dinner. In the photo of the bread is our last homegrown  Pak Choi which I stir fried with shallots and garlic to go with our store cupboard Corned beef hash.

After dinner, we couldn’t resist a couple of slices of warm seedy bread and butter!  Truly scrumptious!

 

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Spring Flowers, Singing and A Cat in a Tree

Our garden is a haven of peace and colour and bird song. We are so lucky.  The sun has been shining today and we felt the warmth.

There can be no choir today but our wonderful leader, Claire, has sent us a class from warm up to wind down, reminders of songs we know and the four parts for a brand new song so that when we are all together again, we will have a new song almost ready. Here is a starter song to get us all going. It made me weep to hear her voice again but after a few listens I was bouncing around the kitchen singing my heart out!

Next door’s cat Zorro was tree climbing but I wasn’t quick enough to catch him full face.

 

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Breakfast, Bouquet and Rainbows

As it’s Mothers’ Day, the lovely Mr S made me a special breakfast, the ‘children’ all being unable to be here. The raspberries were homegrown, the blackberries picked in the nearby lane and have all been in the freezer. They were especially delicious.

Princess Breakfast

Here is a garden bouquet  for Mother’s Day to the Mother in us all and to the Mother of us all.

Flowers from our garden

Several years ago Daughter No 2 sent me a rainbow maker for Mother’s Day. Today it was throwing rainbows into our downstairs loo and onto the delightful painting that we have in there, a present from friends in the North when we left to come home 12 years ago.

Yesterday’s News by M Clarkson

 

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