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A Treat, A Stone and A Poem

A treat arrived in the post ready for tomorrow, a chocolate filled Advent Calendar for grown-ups.

On my rainy walk up from town, the wetness had shown up all the colours of the stones in the Cornish hedge.

A friend shared the following poem the other day and I thought you, my readers, would like it too. I found the last stanza particularly poignant.

On a Pebbly Beach

When our family was young
and the children took off over the stones like little dogs
as we followed in our different conversation
and the game was, to come back with the Best

it struck me that grownups tend to select
those that the sea had spent her centuries of energy
smoothing and buffing
from rock until perfectly formal, the ovoid, the oval
while our youngsters go for the grotesque,
the knobbly ones with fractured faces and funny holes
that can have fingers poked in and out of them
or look like puppies or gulls

and now that I sleep diagonally
and walk alone on this beach
it is truly hard to decide
whose preference was the more mature.

John Birtwhistle.

 
 

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A Visitor, Lunch and The Moon

A beautiful  and quite nervous cat that we’ve never seen before visited the garden today.

Lunch today was very tasty Bubble and Squeak with a few leaves from our edible garden.The full moon is tomorrow but it looks huge and full tonight and we can see it this month, there being no cloud!  I love all the rings around it.

 
 

Life Affirming Sun, Sea and Food

We went to The Square at Porthleven to collect our “cook-at-home” meal for tonight  – Pate, Confit Duck and Sticky Ginger Pud with Chantilly Cream.   We were there around 4pm and so enjoyed seeing the crashing waves, the cold water swimmers, the surfers and the sunset. Then we came home and fixed our dinner following the instructions given to us.   Enjoy the gallery.

Dinner was divine!  Every course was delicious and full of flavour. We didn’t want our meal  to end!

If you think the first and last courses look a bit small, bear in mind that we shared them, all three courses being too much for us!

 

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A Fairy, Leaves and A Pebble

Walking into town today we passed a fairy by her tiny doorway.

On the way home I collected some lovely  leaves.

The other day, on Godrevy Beach, I found this pretty little stone, only about 2 cms across.

 
 

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Thanksgiving, Sky and A Parrot Flower

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO THOSE WE KNOW AND LOVE IN AMERICA!

We celebrate Thanksgiving at our house in honour of all our family and friends, including blogger friends, in America – in Georgia, Hawaii, Arizona, Washington State, Vermont and Massachusetts and elsewhere.  We have cooked a mini turkey (a chicken!) tonight and served it with some sides using recipes from family in Atlanta.

The sky this afternoon was very dramatic – I think its called a Mackerel Sky.

Our neighbour has the most amazing Strelitzia that reaches to the ceiling in her conservatory and it has five flowers! They are remarkable.

Strelitzia, also known as Bird of Paradise

 

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A Poem, The Sea and Some Sky

My poet friend, Kim, posted this evocative poem today and has given me permission to share it with you, dear Readers. I remember that longing for the Cornish sea when we lived far away from home. Also, the last verse  rings particularly true as today I walked by the sea with a lovely friend where I felt, ‘Blessed by the sea and its motion,’ as well as by the warmth of a special friendship.

Godrevy Lighthouse

As we left the allotment this afternoon, the sky was peachy and beautiful.

 

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A Tree and A Bench

Forgive me for mentioning Christmas so early but we made a rare visit to Camborne today and the tree was going up, a lovely big pine. The thing that really caught me attention though was the Christmas bench which I found quite delightful.

An old bloke in the square called out to me, “‘Ee’s not real, my lover! The real one ‘ll be along dreckly!”

 

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Cheesecakes

One of the joys of making a half of Granny’s fudge recipe is that it leaves half a can of condensed milk so, at the weekend I was also able to make two mini Lime and Ginger Cheesecakes, one to freeze and one to share tonight. Click the red link for the recipe for the fudge.

 
 

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Resting

Having a break tonight. Back tomorrow. Here’s Chapel Porth for you to enjoy. xx

 
 

A Delivery, A Gift and A Special Message

Although we need to have deliveries in lockdown, we want to cut big supermarkets out as much as possible so when our local Greengrocer, The Grow Box, first expanded their range, then added a butchery department, we decided to give them a go. Wow! We are not disappointed! Easy to get a slot for delivery and a lovely chap at the door with paper bags full of fresh stuff for the next week. Just look – and almost all local, Cornish produce – eggs, milk, sausages, leeks and carrots, broccoli and a courgette. Only the fruit will have traveled far.

We have spent several hours at the allotment today and have nearly cleared the patch outside the fruit cage – very satisfying! Even better, was being brought a beautiful Savoy cabbage by fellow allotmenteers to welcome us into the community – how very lovely and we’ve had some of it tonight with our Cornish sausages.

Yesterday, I made some family fudge from my Granny’s recipe. Today, there was a comment from my cousin in Australia as follows:

“I remember this fudge well! It appears in my mother’s recipe book as ‘Mima’s Fudge’ and was a special treat during my childhood. I now have the urge to make a batch!”

That absolutely delighted me! I will post the recipe soon but be warned, it is very wicked indeed!

 

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