Monthly Archives: September 2021

Path, Street Art and Leonard Cohen

On my way to collect my beloved Beetle from our local garage, I went past a favourite lane, covered in wet Autumn leaves.

Further up the road, I had been told to look out for something that I would enjoy seeing. It was this delightful Dalmation guarding  what at a first quick glance looked like people at the beach. It wasn’t until I came home and zoomed in on the photo that I realised it was Dorothy and her pals at the end of the yellow brick road, a lovely humorous continuation of the yellow line on the road.

For those of my dear Readers who also like Leonard Cohen, I really enjoyed reading about him in The Guardian today in their ‘My Best Shot’ feature. The photographer is Ian Cook and  this is his story.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



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Magnolia, Snake Bark and A Sign

Walking through the gardens at Burncoose nursery was a delight, so many beautiful trees. A huge magnolia caught our attention.

Another beautiful specimen was one we think is a Snake Bark Maple. The bark was gorgeous. We used to identify it. If anyone can confirm or tell us different, we’d be happy to learn. .

Later, when I went to collect some veg for dinner from the allotment, I spotted a sign on a neighbour’s plot and we completely agree!



Triangle, Nasturtiums and Canna

Sitting in the sun room, watching the downpour that was stopping me plant the Narcissi, I saw how the light had caught the wrapper on the bulbs – and only at the one angle.

Next door’s Nasturtiums are creeping over the wall again and we love the colour they bring to that corner.

Our Canna is flowering!



Roses, Raspberries and A Rainbow

Last night’s storm took down our last roses so I brought them in, a little tattered but still beautiful  and still smelling so sweet.

One of our lovely neighbours at the allotment gave us some raspberries, red and golden ones and we had them just with a little cream – delicious. 

We were singing at the eco park tonight, “Look on the sunny side of life” when someone spotted a rainbow.


Posted by on September 27, 2021 in community, garden, nature, Photography, Postaday2021


A Rose, A Tail and Sunflowers

The golden roses are still flowering.

This amused us while we were having breakfast.

These are some of the self-sown sunflowers at the allotment. We’re hoping some will self-sow in our patch next year.


Cake for Autumn

Today’s walk took us to get our flu jabs and then into town for fruit and veg and a coffee at our favourite coffee shop, Home Ground where we can also indulge in Portuguese Custard Tarts.  The plums looked so good at the greengrocer’s that we bought some to eat and some to bake one of our favourite cakes for this time of year, Plum, Almond and Chocolate cake. You can find the recipe here if you’d like to taste it as well as look at it!

Plum, Almond and Chocolate Cake


Posted by on September 25, 2021 in baking, Photography, Postaday2021


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Breakfast, Veggies and A Visitor

It is  such a delight to meet dear friends for breakfast at various lovely venues, all near the sea. Today we met at the Blue Bar in Porthtowan and over a delicious breakfast and a splendid view, put the world to rights!

Our allotment is a source of joy to me, not just for what we grow but as a place of quiet contemplation and pops of colour on other plots.. I love that I can say, “I’m just going down the road to get some beans for dinner,”  and coming home with a lovely leek as well as the Purple Teepee beans, some chillies and some white dahlias to share with  friends and neighbours.

I hadn’t realised that a little visitor had hitched a ride on the leek. He’s now in the back field.


Scrumping, Hugging and A Painting

After a delightful walk through the gardens with dear friends, we arrived at the old apple orchard in Trelissick.  This orchard used to be known as the  ‘fruit garden of Cornwall’ and contains 70 different varieties, almost all Cornish. There were so many windfalls and we tasted a few, leaving the rest for the squirrels. My favourite to taste was Collogget Pippin, crisp and juicy. We weren’t really scrumping but told tales of doing so many years ago! Click on the red link to find out more.

Tree hugging was also on our tour. All four of us couldn’t quite link up, needing a LiveWire to fill the gap but, sadly,  none of us had one with us. 

In the garden centre section of the shop there were beautifully painted signs.


Caterpillar, Logs and Flowers

Three of these caterpillars have descended on our fuchsias, apparently one of the favourite foods of the Elephant Hawk Moth. They are so spectacular that I don’t mind sharing fuchsia leaves!

We collected our winter logs today, loved this log pile.   I was amused to see that the owner’s number plate was LOG! In the garden centre where we bought some more Tete a Tete bulbs for the little wall garden, I spotted this little broken off hydrangea stem which is really pretty.



Walk, Paddle and Beach Treasures

I love September sun and today, in bright but gentle sunshine, we walked along the beach from Porthtowan to Chapelporth and back and we  hardly met anyone. Enjoy the gallery and click on any photo for more detail.

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