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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 which I hope will make you smile too.

United Nations, Autumn and Fungi

The U.N. is 75 years old today and to celebrate asked people all over the world to share photos of #TheWorldWeWant. Here is a link to see the amazingly beautiful photos submitted. Do click on, they are truly heartwarming. . https://www.un.org/en/exhibits/page/theworldwewant

I love Autumn, the colours of leaves, the abundance of fungi, the damp earthy smells, the early evenings and the late dawns. 

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Visiting, Colour and Free Food

I had a delightful visit with a lovely choir friend this morning, treated to Lemon Drizzle Cake and coffee and special cookies to bring home. Suddenly J said, “There’s a heron in the garden!” and there it was, just 6′ away at first. He was eyeing up the fish in the pond but took to flight when I stepped out to get more pictures.  Here are the photos I managed to get of this elegant creature. Apparently the Heron signifies patience, just waiting and going with the flow – seems about right for these strange times.

Walking home I passed a lovely  tree, covered in gloriously glowing Autumnal colours.

A bit further on, along the lane, were some delicious Blackberries and I remembered to take the photo this time before I ate them all!

 

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Clematis times Three

It’s past mid October and we have Clematis in flower, most surprisingly a Nelly Moser looking wonderful.

Nelly Moser

Clematis Huldine should be in flower now and is quite prolific!

The third one is just beginning to flower and is in the new wall border. It’s Clematis Florida Sieboldii.

 

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Cake

I made a cake today, Blueberry Crumble Cake. I’ll post the recipe soon. It’s scrumptious!

 

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Rose, Hydrangea and A Poem

We have yet another bloom on our Golden Wedding bush and two more buds if they survive the storms.

I tried to take a photo of a lovely blue hydrangea for a reader that I know loves them but the wind was wild! I took a short video instead.

Daughter No 3 sent me this beautiful poem thinking it might qualify as a “beautiful thing.” It most certainly does. My photo is of the moon rising over St Agnes Beacon,  three weeks or so ago.

“If the Moon Came Out Only Once a Month” by Cathy Ross

If the moon came out only once a month
people would appreciate it more. They’d mark it
in their datebooks, take a walk by moonlight, notice
how their bedroom window framed its silver smile.

And if the moon came out just once a year,
it would be a holiday, with tinsel streamers
tied to lampposts, stores closing early
so no one has to work on lunar eve,
travelers rushing to get home by moon-night,
celebrations with champagne and cheese.
Folks would stay awake ’til dawn
to watch it turn transparent and slowly fade away.

And if the moon came out randomly,
the world would be on wide alert, never knowing
when it might appear, spotters scanning empty skies,
weathermen on TV giving odds—“a 10% chance
of moon tonight”—and when it suddenly began to rise,

everyone would cry “the moon is out,” crowds
would fill the streets, jostling and pointing,
night events would be canceled,
moon-closure signs posted on the doors.

And if the moon rose but once a century,
ascending luminous and lush on a long-awaited night,
all humans on the planet would gather
in huddled, whispering groups
to stare in awe, dazzled by its brilliance,
enchanted by its spell. Years later,
they would tell their children, “Yes, I saw it once.
Maybe you will live to see it too.”

But the moon is always with us,
an old familiar face, like the mantel clock,
so no one pays it much attention.

Tonight
why not go outside and gaze up in wonder,
as if you’d never seen it before,
as if it were a miracle,
as if you had been waiting
all your life.

“If the Moon Came Out Only Once a Month” by Cathy Ross, from If the Moon Came Out Only Once a Month. © Forsythia Press, 2012.

I have tried to track down the poet but cannot find any contact to ask her permission to post it. L found it on another blog and I have contacted the blog writer who doesn’t know how to get in touch with Cathy Ross. If anyone out there can help, please do.

 

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Number 50, Lunch and A Sign

I sent photos of the new masks to Barcelona last night and this morning had a call – teenage LiveWire doesn’t want beads this time, please can I make another with elastic? Of course! That makes a total of 50 and today I have cleared away all my sewing stuff ready to get my glass out again.

Patterned lining so it’s different from her Dad’s

Lunch was mini pizzas made with part baked rolls, some reduced passata with herbs, pomodorino tomatoes and cheese – scrumptious!

Coming up from town, we noticed a warning sign, kindly put out by someone along our lane.

Monday night is choir rehearsal. I really miss my singing and the people with whom I sing.

 

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Autumn Colour and Yet More Masks

The beautiful Autumn day saw us just take our local walk where there was a surprising amount of colour – and lots of blackberries still to snack on.

Much of my day was spent completing the next set of masks for our Barcelona family. That’s 49 I’ve made altogether, for us, family and friends and I think that’s enough!

Masks for Mum, Dad, teenage daughter and three year old twins

 

Language Creates Reality

Some time ago, last June in fact, I made two fabric story books for a little friend of ours, Arthur. You can see them here. Arthur is a beautiful one year old who has Down Syndrome. His Mum, Becca has created language cards to help us all to better understand how to speak to and about people with Down Syndrome. BBC Breakfast showed the following interview yesterday . Please watch.

The reaction world-wide has been amazing. This is what Becca has told us today –

“Language Creates Reality update:
We had over a million online views in the first day, and were the 2nd most watched story across the world on the BBC app all day. We have been asked to translate the cards into French, Spanish, Belgian, Dutch, Irish, German, and Italian so far …and have been offered translators for some of them. Since the show we have had over 100 emails from professionals who are sharing the cards on a major scale through their networks, many of whom are teachers and medical professionals. ITV West Country have approached us as they now want to cover the piece. We are on CBeebies Instagram. Frugi have celebrated the cards with a blog https://www.welovefrugi.com/…/language-creates-reality…/ Arthur is soon to appear in River Island and Asda modelling their clothes. I will always be thankful to the amazing creative collaborators Bear and Pear www.bearandpear.co.uk – and Thom and Angie Jones for pushing this forward… AND I am very grateful to YOU ALL for being part of this movement and adding your passion and sharing. Together we can, and are, making powerful positive change…”
 Here are the cards for you to read, share and print out.

Please feel free to Re-blog this post. Let the whole world know about the wonderful work Becca is doing and what she is achieving. Photos sent by Becca for inclusion here.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2020 in friendship, Postaday2020, Uncategorized

 

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Berthe Morisot and An Autumn Walk

We joined a Zoom lecture this morning about my favourite artist, Berthe Morisot. It was given by Stella Grace Lyons and was fascinating.

The Cradle by Berthe Morisot

Afterwards, it being a glorious Autumn day, we went off for a favourite walk along to Loe Bar on the Penrose Estate. Join us!

 

 

 

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Tunnel Lane, Bark and Ice-Cream

We are so lucky with our lovely walk into town!

Isn’t this beautiful bark?

A walk on the cliffs and an ice-cream finished off our day.

Ice cream at Godrevy

 

 

 

 

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