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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.

Magpies, Soup and A Gift

I watched a pair of Magpies from the bedroom window this morning. They were working together to break up some thin prunings, obviously collecting for a nest. They were both working really hard!

Magpies collecting nesting material

I left the squash to roast while we were out and so the delicious soup was very quick to make for lunch. If you’d like the recipe, you can find it here.

Thai Spiced Squash soup

A small packet arrived today –  the gift of a DVD of the play ‘Jeremy Visick’, derived from my Dad’s book,  that I saw at the beginning of the month and wrote about here. The writer and producer also sent me the script to enjoy at leisure. What a very kind and much appreciated gesture.

A very special DVD

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2019 in Food, nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Grape Hyacinths, Robin and Libraries

These beauties are on top of a Cornish hedge on our walk up from town.

Cornish hedge with Muscari and Celandines

Robins often take a rest on Welly Dog before going to the feeders. This was in driving rain.

Robin in the rain

Libraries are so vital to the health of the nation.

Libraries!

English teacher hat on! Albert Einstein needs capital letters!

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2019 in environment, garden, Photography

 

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Around our Town

Three things on our walk today that pleased me were 1. a tiled entrance. 2.  some stained glass and 3.  renovations happening at The Old Fire Station.

I wonder what was sold in ‘The Red Shop’

There were several of these windows over two shops, really beautiful.

Gorgeous!

The old Fire Station has been abandoned for many years and looking rather sad but last year it was sold and is being renovated. It was lovely to spot someone working on the chimney and a new roof being done as we went past today.

I’ll show you as progress is made.

 

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Lambs, Quiche and Bouquet

We have lambs in the back field! It is so lovely to see them, just one pair of twins at the moment but we hope for more. Last year the pregnant ewes were taken away before the lambs were born and only brought back when the little ones had grown quite a lot.

Twin lambs

There was a knock at the door this afternoon and there was a Very Dear Friend with her arms full – of flowers and a Leek and Stilton Quiche, both of which smelt divine!

Fabulous flowers

We have had the most delicious Quiche for supper with salad and send our heartfelt thanks to our very lovely friend for her love, concern and cooking!

Leek and Stilton Quiche

 

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Breakfast, Jays and Nothing

We love this special breakfast!

Eggy bread with fruit, maple syrup and creme fraiche

A pair of Jays visited us briefly this morning and I managed to just catch one through the window. What beautiful birds they are!

One of the pair

One of our Cornish pre-schools sent this poem home  and it resonated with me. How many times have our kids said,”Nothing!” when asked what they’ve been up to at school? This is the same school where the children will be painting their noses red for Red Nose Day next week rather than buying lots of plastic noses – well done to the staff leading the way. I love their attitude.

The Nothing Poem

 

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A Spring Lunch, A Yellow Splash and A Gift

A bright day today with the odd hail shower found me first pruning odd shrubs and then indoors working on my glass pieces. An easy and favourite colourful lunch was what we needed.

Avocado, Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

Between the tree trunks and through other bulbs, the splash of bright yellow seen from the kitchen window brightens up the garden.

Daffodils

I am loving playing with glass, creating pretty pieces especially using bits of earrings etc given to me by friends. Yesterday I came home to find a little bag hanging on the front door handle.

From Margaret – thank you so much!

Here are my newest pieces at the design stage. They may change before they are done.

Two pieces in the making

 

 

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Six on Saturday – Here and There

It has been quite cool and windy this last week but Spring flowers still delight us in the garden. The Crocuses are all gone but the Muscari, the Tete a Tete, other Narcissi and the Chionodoxa Pink Giant are all looking lovely.

1.  The double wall garden is full of colour. I am very pleased that I oiked out all the thuggish wild strawberry plants a few weeks ago. The bulbs have flourished since.

In the double wall

2.  The Chionodoxa have opened and look really lovely. Thank you to SOS readers who helped me to identify these last week.

Chionodoxa Pink Giant

3.  We have been thinking that two little bushes that we bought last year, Potentilla Snowflake,to go on either side of the steps, had died but yesterday noticed a tiny leaf. I shall have to keep an eye on the weather as icy storms seem to be forecast  next week and I would hate the newly emerged leaves to be killed off.

Potentilla Snowflake is waking up

4.   It’s time to plant up the edible garden in the trough that is just underneath the kitchen window. I have some herbs there all year – two Thymes and the Borage keeps going and Chives for most of the year. I suddenly noticed how well the Garlic Chives are doing already.

Garlic chives

5.  The next two are not in our garden but in the gardens of Burncoose nurseries where we went for a short walk this afternoon – Magnolia . Click on the photos to get the full picture.

6.   We heard this bush/shrub/tree before we found it! It was alive with the buzzing of bees! Neither of us know what it is so here is a close up of the flowers and a longer shot of the bush/shrub/tree to show its size. Look carefully, there is another enormous Magnolia behind.

To see what other gardeners are talking about for their Six on Saturday, visit The Propagator  and read the comments from people all over the world. You could join in too!

 

I love patterns in numbers and words –  palindromes, the 9x table for instance.  I am easily pleased – today I have 2,222 followers, a pleasing number in several ways!

 

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