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About mybeautfulthings

Finding the beautiful in the everyday - I write about three things each day which please me in some way - people, food, art, nature, words, music and anything that makes me smile and I hope will make you smile too.

World Refugee Day, Sweet Peas and a Book

Singing and collecting – both very successful; Sweet Peas now ready for first cutting and a new book that I bought yesterday.

The collection

Suffragette book

First pickings

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Flowers, A Gull and Some Sandals

Padstow was our destination today to meet our family visiting from America.  After a mizzly journey, the sun came out for us and showed Padstow at its best.

From Padstow across the River Camel

The baskets of flowers all over the town were quite glorious.

Baskets of flowers

Overflowing basket

Our Seagull was there again.

Herring gull

Regular readers will know that I love a beautiful pair of shoes even if I can no longer wear high heels!

I love these!

 

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Our Nephew, Singing and Cats

Our nephew, Mark Galen Lucas, is an artist in glass and his work is remarkable. He has given me permission to show you this beautiful piece about which he says, “This piece is about depression. As one hand is trying to evolve and flower, the other plucks the petals not allowing anything unfamiliar to take hold.”

Molecular Self-destruction by Mark Galen Lucas

We are learning ‘Lean on Me’ at choir, ready for singing at World Refugee Day on Wednesday. The arrangement by our leader, Claire Ingleheart,  is sounding amazing. I’ll give you a recording after Wednesday’s performance.

Two of next door’s cats visited this evening.

England won!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in art, Beauty, garden, glass, nature, Postaday2018

 

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Seed Head, Veg Trug and Knitting

After the mizzle this morning the Clematis seed heads were beautifully covered in little droplets.

Isn’t this just exquisite?

Our all-edibles trug is looking luscious! Various Lettuces, Thyme, Gives, Borage, Nasturtiums and tiny Violas, almost in flower, all ready for salads in the weeks to come.

I love the ferns underneath too, makes this a piece of art!

I have been knitting again – squares this time for the WildWorks’ production, “UnEarth” which will be in the Lost Gardens of Heligan in July.  I have taken a couple of paragraphs from their blog that explain both the story and the reason for the knitting.  See below the photo.

My first 4 squares, handed over today

“The show, which will be at The Lost Gardens of Heligan from 3rd to 22nd July, is a story of war, love, loss and hope. It explores what happens when war is over. It’s been co-commissioned by Heligan and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. 100: UnEarth forms part of 14-18 NOW’s 2018 season marking 100 years since the Armistice.

During WWI people back home were asked to do many things, work in factories, work the land and knit. They were asked to knit items to send to the troops overseas. Women were also tasked with working in munition factories. We’ve combined the knitting and the munition historical references and will be creating a knitted torpedo – an artwork that will feature as a part of the show.”

Afterwards, the squares will be restitched into blankets.

 

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A Visitor, Nasturtium and Wild Strawberries

The Bengal Cat came to call again. We haven’t seen him for several months and were pleased to have him stop by again. His markings are so beautiful.

Bengal cat

We have some Nasturtium flowers on the pan stand. When it becomes a tower of flowers, I will show you the whole thing.

Nasturtium

I found a few wild strawberries in the herb wall this afternoon. I ate the first one and brought the rest in to  share.

Tiny wild strawberries

 

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Menu, Foxglove and Lupin

After just four days in London we have returned home today and for the first time ever have eaten in the Pullman dining car.  We were travelling with my brother and his wife who are visiting from America for a couple of weeks in Cornwall so it was a very special treat for us all. We had just a main course which was delicious.

The Pullman menu

Although we had only been away a few days, there must have been some strong winds as both a Lupin and a Foxglove had been broken off. I have brought them both in for our indoor enjoyment. The Runner Beans have grown almost to the tops of their canes, there is a mass of salad to eat, there are green Raspberries and a baby Tomato as well as some Sweet Peas in flower. Everything grows so quickly at this time of year!

White Foxglove

White Lupin

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in nature, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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R A Summer Exhibition – Some Favourites

What an exuberant Summer Exhibition this year, curated by Grayson Perry! It is full of humour and politics and there was lots to enjoy and admire  but with only one piece this year that truly moved me. Have a look through the gallery.

The piece that I looked at for ages and found most moving was a collection of carved Buttermilk prison issue soaps called Prison by Lee Cutter, just a small selection of detail for you here.

Prison Culture Lee Cutter

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in art, embroidery

 

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