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Altruism in August and An Accident

I was going to post this tomorrow but have had a little accident today so am taking the easy route. While making more masks for the family, I stitched through the middle finger on my right hand. How? I just don’t know ! I am an experienced sewing machine user…..  The people at our local Minor Injuries Unit were brilliant, kind and efficient but now I can’t sew for a few days. I shall have to read all day!

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Church Lane, Shadows and Lobelia

Church Lane becomes quite dark when all the trees have a good growth of leaves. It makes for a very pleasing quiet start to our walk.

Oak tree down the lane

I love the shadows thrown by the field gate.

Shadow gate

In one of the little snickets in town, a short cut that we take, we spotted some lovely Lobelia growing at the base of a down pipe.

 

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Haircut, Surprise and Hydrangea

This was the view today when I had my hair cut in the garden.

Some time ago we planted some Rosa Rugosa on the other side of the wall, just inside the field and today we saw flowers! And the first blackberry!

Hydrangeas are in beautiful flower right now. We pass this one on on of our walks.

We are going to the cinema tonight – our first to a Drive-in!

 

Sweet Peas, Colour Contrast and A Birthday Video

Our Sweet Peas in one pot are glorious. The other pot is finished. 😦

Sweet Peas

Serendipity again as the bright orange Montbretia/ Crocosmia has popped up with the purple Tom Thumb Pittosporum hedge.

Montbretia against the dark Tom Thumb Pittosporum

A  couple of months ago , I was asked to take part in a Birthday video for an ex pupil of mine. The idea was to screw up some paper with a Happy Birthday message on it. Have it thrown to you from the left, unscrew it, show the message to the camera and throw it off to the right. It made for a very special and individual birthday present.
It occurred to me that it would be a lovely thing to do for our dear choir leader, Claire, with whom we have been unable to sing in person for 5 months because of the Covid situation. Fortunately we have in one of our choirs a brilliantly talented individual who agreed to put together the 60+ videos valiantly made by our community of choir members! Thanks so much, Kenn! What a success it has been! Here it is for your delectation. The setting is the Penryn River, our view from the rehearsal room and the music is sung by the choirs.

 

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Windblown, Nigella and Pork Pies

Such wind and rain over night and the garden has suffered. The Aliums have blown over across the Daisies and Cosmos creating a rather dramatic purple, white and green picture which I love.The golden roses below which looked fabulous yesterday have lost all their petals.

The self sown Love-in-a-Mist is flowering – such a pretty flower and a lovely delicate palette of colours from blue through to white with all shade of pinks and mauves between.

I spent a happy hour baking over Skype with LiveWire No 2 today, his choice of recipe, Mini Pork Pies, which have turned out really well. We had a couple for supper with veg and they tasted scrummy. I am going to freeze the others for picnics later in the summer when the London contingent of our family are coming to stay nearby so that we can see each other again, first time this year. It will have been over 8 months since we have seen each other in person……It’ll be fun to actually share the pies with J after having baked them with him this afternoon.

 
 

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A Border, A Bee and A Bird House

There is a delightful border full of colour just around the corner from us.

On our walk today, a new one, we passed a Butterfly Bush alive with bees and not a butterfly to be seen.

Along the walk, by the stream, we noticed a rather lovely bird box up in the tree.

It was a strange and oddly disconcerting walk that we won’t be doing again. The signs tell it all.

 

Six on Saturday – Colour and Produce

Our garden is a riot of colour at the moment as I showed in yesterday’s blog. Here is some more colour and some food! We are eating the purple Mangetouts almost every day – and they had just been picked for supper when I took the photo – and the tassels on the Sweetcorn are looking very lovely. We won’t be eating them for a couple of weeks though, I think.

Do pop over to The Propagator to see what other gardeners are showing this week, See here for the participant’s guide.

 

Fairy Wings, Garden Colour and Singing

I fitted the repaired wings to two of my Fairies today and am delighted with how they now look and that now they will be able to fly, albeit that they are learners!

We are delighted with the serendipitous odd pops of colour in our garden. Both the Poppy and the Crocosmia are self-sown.

In the last few days, members of The Inglehearts’ Singers have recorded themselves at home singing new words to Trelawny, the Cornish anthem,  words designed to encourage people in Camborne to wear their masks and to help each other in these uncertain Covid times.

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Fairy Wings, A Feather and Macro Delight

Some time ago I mentioned that a couple of my beautiful Fairy collection, made by Samantha Bryan, had poorly wings. See here for that post. I wrote to Samantha to explain the problem and she wrote back telling me how to remove the wings and to send them to her for repair. This I did, with the beautiful feathers given to me by my dear friend, Nicky. The repaired wings arrived in the post today along with two tiny bits of leather in case any further repair is need. Just look! Aren’t they beautiful? I shall show you when I have attached the wings in a day or two.

Feather wings from Samantha Bryan

Our eggs arrived today, one with a feather attached – seems just serendipitous for the day!

I love my new camera and the macro facility. I have missed it so much! Here, some Rose petals and an Alium.

 

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Walk Near Restormel Castle

My favourite camera died some months ago and I just didn’t get around to sorting it by post when I couldn’t get to the shop. Last weekend I decided to find out about replacing it. A local shop where we have bought things in the past had the camera I wanted for £149 as they have decided not to keep so many in stock for some reason. My first foray into finding the camera I wanted brought up the price of £407! So today, we headed off to St Austell to pick up the bargain and from there went to two garden nurseries and then for a walk. Join us as we leave the Duchy Nursery and head towards Restormel Castle. Click on any photo to see a bigger picture. So happy to have a Nikon Coolpix again, just have to charge it up……..

 

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