Monthly Archives: May 2022

Allotment Joys

Tonight’ meal was Cajun salmon with new potatoes dug this morning, peas with lettuce and garlic (the French way) using lettuce that was a gift from an allotmenteer this morning and a dill sauce with fresh dill from another generous allotmenteer.


Elephants, Swans and Flowers

My Dear Sister-in-law sent me the following:  “I saw your beautiful ring on the blog and I thought you might like to see this remarkable and well chosen gravestone at Oakland Cemetery. (photo posted on findagrave.comAt age 12, Olivette Eugenia Smith Allison (1923-2010) was sent to the Steele Pitts Home for abandoned, abused, orphaned and neglected children in Atlanta (founded 1888.)  She subsequently graduated from Atlanta University with a degree in social work and began work at the Home in 1950.  She served as director from 1976 to 2009.  The marker was chosen because elephants never abandon an orphaned calf.  It was estimated that Ms. Alison cared for approximately 5,000 children in her career.”  My dear friend Angie would have loved this. 
Two swans in the water near the boatyard where we were showing the boat to some prospective buyers.
Later, walking along Cliff Road, we were pleased to see all the flowers on the cliffside.

Perfection, Protests and Purple

Here is our first, very beautiful strawberry from the allotment – just enough to share.

Some time ago, I read of a protest/demonstartion to take place in Truro today.

I was so upset and angry at the fact that all six of our MPs had voted against allowing unaccompanied refugee children to come here to join family, that I went to the charity shops to buy some children’s shoes to add to the protest and today we went to add them to the ones outside the cathedral. The demonstration was organised by Safe Passage Uk.

Just one purple allium has flowered. We don’t know where the rest have gone…….

It’s a much deeper purple that it appears to be here.

If you looked at yesterday’s blog before I added the link to Cornwall Live’s report on the Hurling to Goal, do pop back and click on the link. Their photos and narrative really bring the afternoon to life.


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Poppy, Singing and Hellfire Kernow

Early on I went to check on the lottie and on next door’s plot was this gorgeous poppy.

At midday I met my choir at an Open Studios event where we entertained the visitors and  I left in time to go to the inaugural Hurling to Goal Tournament.

In the words of a friend, H,  “I absolutely love the sightly bonkers community I am lucky enough to live in. Hurling to goal at Redruth RFC. Demons played brilliantly and narrowly lost in the final!”  We love it too.  Our town was divided into quarters and H was in the Demons quadrant. We are in the Saints and our team won!
From the programme:  “Hurling to Goal’ was described in detail by Richard Carew in 1602. It is a forerunner of rugby with equal numbers on each team, ‘dealing’ the ball when tackled and no forward passing allowed. We’ve been working with pupils from Redruth School to revive our ancient Cornish sport.”  Here is the report from Cornwall Live. Do click on – there are some fabulous photos and the whole story is told. Feel free to leave a comment to go back to the organisers. .



Kiss, Shadow and Poppy

Vapour trails

Flowers on the hedge

yellow poppy


Colours, Brownie and A Poem

I love the colours on the plot next to ours in the allotment.

I made Brownies this afternoon.

Today’s poem in A Poet for Every Day of the Year is this delightful one by Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Love’s Philosophy”.


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Blueberries, Postbox Topper and A Cardiologist

I  read a new recipe on Facebook and it sounded so good, I had to make it – Blueberry Crumble Bars. Here’s where you can find the recipe. As I often do, I made a few (healthy) changes which I can tell you about if you ask in the comments.


Another postbox topper has appeared in our street, to celebrate the upcoming Jubilee. I consider my self to be a citizen not a subject and I am not a Royalist but I do admire the skill and dedication that has gone into making this beautiful piece. The maker knows I am putting this on here today.

Today I read about Dr. Helen Taussig, the founder of the field of paediatric cardiology. She was born on May 24th 1898 and had to struggle to become a Doctor. You can read more about her here   Dr. Taussig was one of the innovative cardiologists in history and developed a medical procedure that saved the lives of tens of thousands of ‘blue’ babies. It is because of another cardiologist that we have our son who as a baby had to undergo three heart operations, at 13 days, 6 months and 18 months.  The cardiologist and the surgeon have our everlasting thanks.


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Blues, Hollyhock and Celebration Seeds

I sang at a care home in Falmouth with The Suitcase Singers this afternoon and it was an absolute delight to see the joy on people’s faces and to have them join in with Cornish songs. Afterwards we went to see the sea at Gylly Beach.  I love the variety of blues seen here and the tiny paddle boarders, the yachts and other vessels.

On the cliffside along Cliff Road, there are Hollyhocks growing.

As well as Angie’s ring, her daughters gave everyone at the funeral and me though I could only watch online, Sunflower seeds to celebrate her life. I have several at the allotment.


Flowers, Strawberry and A Ring

I’ve cut lots of Aquilegea to bring into the house.

Our strawberries at the lottie are being to colour.

My dear friend Angie died at the end of last year and her dear daughters have sent me her silver elephant ring. Angie and I both loved elephants for their special qualities of never forgetting and for taking such good care of each other. Now I am wearing the ring with love in my heart for our very special friendship and for the lovely daughters she raised. You can read more about her and what she meant to me  if you click on the red link..








Edibles Trough, Spider and Supper

The trough outside the kitchen is flourishing – the lettuces are doing well, the Violas ready for salads and cakes, the borage seedlings all coming on well and the chives beginning to flower.

What a pretty little white spider on the Californian poppies.

Supper was a kind of deconstructed lasagne, to save baking time. Pasta with the ragu (from the freezer)  and then the cheese sauce (from the freezer) on to tagliatelle, took only ten minutes and was delicious.

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