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Reflection, Egret and English

The tide was in on the Penryn River as I arrived for singing this morning. The water was very still and the reflections gorgeous.

Later, after singing and with the tide receding, I noticed an egret pootling about in the mud.

Having family and friends in America, this chart amused me.

While we are talking about words – is anyone else enjoying Quordle? I’m loving it!

 

 

Bloom, Arundhati Roy and A Movie

I missed this Hydrangea bloom from my blog yesterday, in the front garden. Lots of plants seem fooled by the unseasonably warm weather we are having.

I have quoted Arundhati Roy before and love these words of hers too.

Imagine another world. Arundhati Roy

Dear Reader,  have you watched “Don’t Look Up” ? If not, please do. It’ll set you thinking.

 

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Stones, Lights and A Bookmark

More sorting revealed these stones that LiveWire No 3 and I collected and wrote on some years ago. I’m going to put them in the garden at some point.

The lovely Mr S has put the lights on our little Christmas tree planted in the back garden. Now it feels like Christmas.

Many years ago on our first visit to San Fransisco we found the wonderful City Lights Bookshop. I bought a book of poetry and was given this bookmark. We also did the Armistead Maupin trail finding all the places in his Tales of the City series, a series I loved.

 

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Leaves, Susie Cooper and A Plate

In the front of the cookery book, Giving Thanks, that I used for one of yesterday’s recipes, I found some pressed leaves that I had collected in Massachusetts some years ago and had forgotten all about – a delightful surprise.

Having sent the Welsh dresser to the auction we have some sorting to do and decisions to make about what to keep and what to give away. I love both of these pieces, a Susie Cooper plate and one plate from a dinner service belonging to Mum and Dad. Susie Cooper China was one of the most successful and prolific designers that the UK ceramic industry has ever seen. Her career spanned from 1902 to 1995 and covered some of the most recognisable periods of the Twentieth Century.

Susie Cooper serving dish

No 7507

Mum and Dad sold the rest of this dinner service when somewhat impoverished but for some reason, this one is still with us. Perhaps someone will recognise the maker.

 

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Reflections, Thanksgiving and Pecan Pie

What a beautiful start to my morning as we sang with this view of the Penryn River.

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA and in solidarity with family and friends in America, we cook up a storm of a Thanksgiving dinner using some family recipes.  We’ve cooked a small turkey crown with and cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, using our beans and recipe from the book “Giving Thanks’ bought in Plimouth some years ago, mashed potatoes, kalettes with shallots and bacon, stuffing  and gravy to be followed by Pecan Tart for pud.

Happy Thanksgiving to family in Atlanta, Hawaii, Seattle and Phoenix and friends in Flagstaff, Vermont and Sacramento. Also to all my blogging friends- Happy Days!

Pecan Pie

 

4th July and Pasty Party

Happy Independence Day to all our friends and family across the pond.

There was a Pasty Party this afternoon at the allotment, the first time all the allotmenteers have been able to gather together for many, many months.  Here is my lovely neighbour delivering the orders.

We’ve had a lovely weekend with Daughter No 1. How precious these times are after such a long time apart.

 

Rhododendron, Bouquet and A Kachina

Walking up from town in the rain today, we were stopped in our tracks by this beautiful Rhododenron in a neighbour’s garden.

I picked this little bouquet in our Suffragette garden this afternoon to take to friends where we were planning on tea and cake in the garden. The rain drove us indoors yet again but we had a lovely time together. It’s so good to be able to spend happy times with friends again.

We’ve found a new place for one of our Kachina dolls. This one is a Cricket and we bought it in the Heard Museum in Phoenix in 2016.   For more information on Kachinas,  check out this post.

 

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Camellia, Pears and A Proverb

The white Camellias on our walk are still lovely.

Also on our walk we came across this box of free apples and pears. We happily took some pears and this afternoon I have poached them in vanilla for desserts over the next few days.

Last time we were in Arizona (too long ago)  I bought a little book of Native American Proverbs. I like the one on the cover and this one below  (and many more ) from inside.

“Be kind to everything that lives.”  Omaha

And, excellent news, I received my letter from the NHS today inviting me for my vaccine. I booked immediately and get my shot tomorrow and my 2nd dose on 18th April. Shortly after that I’ll be able to hug family if/when they can visit.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2021 in America, Photography, Postaday2021

 

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Catkins, A Gift and A Happy Story

Catkins, a sign of Spring on our bright and brisk walk.

A friend popped round on her walk today so that we could swap books and she brought me some beautiful sea glass too. So, I now have new red glass and some sea glass and I need to get back to work.Thank you so much, H, much appreciated.

The following lovely story came my way today and I thought you’d like it too, Dear Reader.

 

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Inauguration Evening Dress, Sky and Snowdrops

This beautiful embroidered dress is such a gentle reminder of the positivity and sincerity of the First Lady. I love too that she is a teacher.
The following is taken from a Facebook post this morning:
“Dr. Jill Biden’s Inauguration Evening Dress had flowers from all 50 States plus the US territories embroidered on it, with the flower of Delaware sewn near her heart and the other flowers branching out from it. What a lovely message from a lovely woman.
ETA: “Inside of the coat, representing the lifelong calling and service of Dr. Biden as an educator is a hand embroidery on the lining with a quote from Founding Father Benjamin Franklin:
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”’
The materials used were existing available fabrics to minimize the impact on the environment.”
Pictures from designer Gabriela Hearst. Jessica Bustamante
The skies were so beautifully blue today, the moon already risen and the apricity so lovely – until the black clouds came over and the hailstorm  swirled around us with the sharp hail bits stinging our faces!
In St Euny Graveyard, on our route down Church Lane on the way to the Great Flat Lode, the Snowdrops are blooming.
 

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