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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.

Malt Loaf, Feather and Evening Sky

I made a simple and healthy Malt Loaf today. We are enjoying it!

I spotted a feather hanging from the Clematis leaves and went out into the back garden to get a photograph.

Delicate feather

My walk took me down the lane to visit my lovely neighbour at her allotment this afternoon. She drew my attention to the beautiful evening sky behind me.

Early evening sky

For those of you who liked the sound of yesterday’s vegan supper, I have put the recipe on my Recipes – Savoury page. Here is the link https://mybeautfulthings.com/recipes-savoury/spinach-chickpea-and-lemon-pilaf/

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2019 in baking, Food, nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Last Night’s New Song, A Poem and A Vegan Supper

The Ingleheart Singers are learning a beautiful new piece, ‘Crossing the Bar’ an arrangement of Tennyson’s poem with the music by Rani Arbo and arranged by Peter Amidon. We managed just the first verse last night and here it is. It’s a four part harmony and each verse is going to be different. We love a challenge!

       

           Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,  
  And one clear call for me!  
And may there be no moaning of the bar,  
  When I put out to sea,  
  
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,  
  Too full for sound and foam,  
When that which drew from out the boundless deep  
  Turns again home.  
  
Twilight and evening bell,  
  And after that the dark!     
And may there be no sadness of farewell,  
  When I embark;  
  
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place  
  The flood may bear me far,  
I hope to see my Pilot face to face  
  When I have cross’d the bar.

I found a delicious sounding vegan recipe this week, Spinach, Chickpea and Lemon Pilaff and it tasted as good as it sounded!

Spinach, chickpea and lemon pilaff

 

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Berries, Hydrangea and A Painting

On my walk along the lane today, these berries made a bright flash in the gloom. I’m sure someone can tell me why they are still all here when the Cotoneaster plants in our garden have been stripped. Are they poisonous to birds?

Bright berries

I love how Hydrangea flowers hang on and on getting more delicate by the day.

Hydrangea

My Sister is an artist who lives in Hawaii . This is one of her beautiful pieces.

Beautiful painting and beautiful sentiment

 

Thank you Letter, Glass and My Dad

Our kids invariably complained when asked to write Thank you letters but I know they meant something special to my Mum and Dad as I discovered a box full of them when we sorted Dad’s things many years ago.  I know even more now how special they were as on Saturday we received a beautiful Thank you letter from one of our LiveWires. It will go into my ‘things to keep’ box.

On the back it says, “Thank you Granny and Grandgrand xx

For Christmas I received all the equipment I need to make pretty glass things without going to more classes. I have just finished my first piece done at home. It will look better hanging with the light through it but I have yet to source the rings for that purpose.

New glass piece with upcycled earrings

On this day in 1916 my Dad was born. He died in December 2004. It doesn’t matter how long ago you lost someone, there are moments when their loss feels like yesterday. We are so lucky to have all his books on our shelves so he is always with us.

Pueblo story-teller and novels by David Wiseman

 

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Six on Saturday – Winter Structures

I had thought to show you the signs of Spring in our garden – a lone Daffodil, Primroses and Snowdrops but Propogator himself did that so I’ll show you Spring later as it develops.
I love the effects of winter on the plants which show their structure more clearly when the foliage has gone or is dying.

Fern skeletons

Aquilegea seed pods

Zebra grass, Miscanthus Sinensis

Beautiful Birch stems

 

Weeping Beech

Cotoneaster

So, those are  my Six this Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from gardeners all over the world, take a look at the site mentioned abovet https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.

 

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A Poem, Reading and Friendship,

This poem amused me, based on truth as it is!

Dangerous coats

Reading is a great consolation.

Confucius on reading

Circles of love

 

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Reflections, Pink and Heart

Singing was lovely as always with the backdrop of The Penryn River.

Up The Penryn River

Walking back this morning, I spotted several lovely Camellias.

Pink Camellia

The following came my way today and I thought I would share it.

I love this!

 

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