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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.

Bread, Gladiolus and a Bird Box

The family have been out and about in Falmouth today, shopping for new school shoes and visiting the Maritime Museum where they had great fun. Because they were coming for tea and we have to meet in the garden, I made finger food – hot dogs which are always a favourite. Homemade bread rolls are  always satisfying to make and they went down a treat, stuffed with locally made sausages and fried onions.

The pattern on the back of the Gladiolus is lovely.

This photo came my way a few weeks ago and I thought I would share it as it both pleased and amused me.

Post Bird Box

There’s a funny thing! The first time I read this, I read through the three errors and me, an ex-English teacher!

 

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Woodpecker, Beach and Rainbow Flowers

We love it when the woodpecker comes to call.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

We’ve spent the day at the beach again with Daughter No 2 and the LiveWires whom we hadn’t seen for eight months until yesterday.

After supper at the Blue Bar we had a half hour in our garden where the LiveWires collected flowers all the colours of the rainbow and T borrowed my camera to photograph them.

 

Roses, Sails and A Lane

We were mired in mist and murk again today and the droplets on the roses looked like tiny  jewels.

Driving to Falmouth this morning, we came out of the mist and into a bright day and later the  sun suddenly shone through the sails at Gyllyngvase Beach today, so lovely.

There was sunlight later on our way home slanting through the trees.

 

Mist, Web and New Fabric

While the rest of the UK is apparently sitting under a heat wave, we are sitting under mist and murk but I do love this early morning effect on the garden and the fields and trees behind which have disappeared.

The mist droplets were everywhere on spiders’ webs and very pretty.

The fabric I chose at the weekend was ready for click and collect so I collected it this morning, washed it straightaway (so it doesn’t shrink later) and this afternoon I have almost made myself a new one with the butterfly fabric.  The green is for Christmas masks as I reckon we’ll be wearing them for a long time yet. The other one is just because I love the colours.

P.S. I am still waiting for my Lost Stock box to arrive but today when walking into town, across the road,  I saw a lovely stranger wearing the white Dorothy top (people have been posting photos of their items and I recognised it) and she looked so pretty in it, I had to go across and have a chat. She is delighted with all four tops in her box! Looking forward to mine arriving – hope it’s soon.

Lost Stock is explained here, in The Guardian

 

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Goldfinches and Tomorrow

For Ti with love.

Tomorrow is a new day.

 

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Clematis, Day Lily and Lily Pots

We love our purple Clematis – this one is in my Suffragette garden but flowers more next door than for us!

I love the colour combination of this Day Lily with the Agapanthus.

Lovely colour combination

Our Lily pots are at their best.

Lilies and more Lilies

 

 

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A Book, More Masks and Peace

Today I posted a little book to its author. Many years ago, when teaching Year 7s, we used to read  ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ by Lynne Reid Banks and from that  inspiration, the children wrote their own story in chapters.  I kept Paul’s  which is delightful and as I have followed his very interesting career and stayed in touch, I am able to return this lovely piece of work to him.

I have made eight masks for our London family and they arrived today.

I saw this today and wanted to share it with you all, Dear Readers. Peace to you all, wherever you are in  the world.

 

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Baking, Cream Tea and A Poem

The lovely new owners of our Greengrocer’s shop, Grow Box, were yesterday giving away some Cornish Cream if you bought some strawberries which I hadn’t realised until the cream was added to my bag.  That meant, of course, that I had to make some scones. I used the trimmings to make some Cheese scones of which I am even more fond, if I dare to admit that!

Cornish cream tea with Strawberry Freezer jam

This gentle poem came my way today and seems so very apt for these difficult days. Be kind to yourself as well as to others.

The Mountain by Laura Ding-Edwards

 

 

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Not All Fairies can Fly

I first fell in love with Samantha Bryan’s Fairies in the early 2000s when I saw an exhibition in the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds.   The invention, the humour, the whole premise and the beautiful construction  entranced me and I bought my first Fairy. Who knew that fairies don’t simply fly but have to learn? That they wear L plates to warn others of their inexperience? That they need various intricate contraptions to help them learn to fly? That they do stretching exercises before setting off on their roller boots, or with a lifting device, under an air balloon or with a propellor? That they need special protective equipment? My quirky collection of ‘Brains Fairy Aiding Inventions’ shows all these and more.

My first Fairy

Fairy doing an exercise designed to strengthen leg muscles in preparation for impact during landing

Fairy doing an exercise designed to strengthen leg muscles in preparation for impact during landing

Waiting for repaired wings and looking a bit sad 2004

Air balloon assistance

Beautiful detail

I love her pleased expression

Brain’s revolutionary V.T.O.L. Apparatus (assists fairies in vertical take-off and landing) 2003

Improved pedal powered fairy vehicle

All the Fairies have labels typed on an old typewriter adding to the quaintness of the whole.

 

When I retired from teaching in 2006, I was also mentoring student teachers and commissioned Samantha to make me a Fairy piece showing a Fairy being encouraged in her efforts to become fully fledged and ready to go out on her own.  Samantha sent me four beautiful designs that she had sketched and  this is the one I chose.

Mentor with fairy in training 2006

It’s time I added to my collection!

 

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Blackberries, Bouquets and Crocosmia

On our walk earlyish this morning, I collected bits from Blackberry bushes as at this time of year, every stage of the fruit is on show. The ripe ones are delicious!

We have spent the afternoon with our Dear Friend who is 101 years old. We had some delightful conversations as I did some embroidery by her bedside. What a joy and a privilege to spend all that time with her as N&G went out for lunch to celebrate their Wedding Anniversary. We took a big garden bouquet for the Wedding Anniversary couple and a beautifully scented bunch of Sweet Peas for T.

Our Cornish lanes are now orange as the Crocosmia come into bloom, gorgeous!

 
 
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