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Mittens, Storm and A Sticker

What a day! We watched the inauguration of Biden and Harris and found it very moving and full of hope for the future and we loved the poem, The Hill We Climb, by 22 year old Amanda Gorman, a ray of sunshine, from her words to her yellow coat, as my SIL said.  You can find out more about this remarkable young woman here. Another lovely thing was seeing Bernie Sanders in his wonderful hand knit mittens.

“To anyone watching the U.S. Inauguration events today, I’d just like to point out this iconic knitwear moment, and also say that this photo is the Berniest thing that ever Bernied. No understated classic black leather men’s gloves for our Bernie Sanders — he went for warmth and practicality, and I bet he has the most comfortable pair of hands of anyone there.
Bernie Sanders’ chevron and diamond patterned mittens were made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vermont. She gave them to him over two years ago and he began wearing them on the campaign trail during his run for presidential nominee. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.” Taken from a Facebook post by The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done.
Storm Christoph is far worse for our friends in the North, Here it is wet and windy but we have no flooding.Our Sailors’ Barometer has been overflowing to tell us that the storm has been overhead.
Our friend, who winter swims with her pals, The BlueTits, has this delightful sticker on her car as we saw on our walk today.

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Bubbles, Boiling and Marmalade

I’ve spent the day making marmalade, two batches  made and one more batch tomorrow – 16 jars of varying sizes.

Bubbles on the Seville oranges

Beginning to boil

16 jars


Posted by on January 18, 2021 in Photography, Postaday2021


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Topophilia, Apricity and A Gift

I love finding new words. There is a word for love of a place: topophilia, popularised by the geographer Yi-Fu Tuan in 1974 as all of “the human being’s affective ties with the material environment.” In other words, it is the warm feelings you get from a place. It is a vivid, emotional, and personal experience, and it leads to unexplainable affections. This is the word to describe my love of Cornwall. I grew up in Cornwall and left to become a teacher when I was 18 only returning to visit family for the next 40 years but I always needed to come home. That we did 13 years ago.

St Ives where we had our honeymoon in 1967

Apricity is another lovely word meaning something I have described several times in recent posts without having the proper word – it is the warmth of the sun in winter. I felt it again today.

I was late to the allotment this afternoon and when I arrived the lovely Mr S told me that an allotment friend had been along and brought me a beautiful piece of glass. She had had to remove it from a doorway and had thought of me and my glasswork. It is really lovely and I will enjoy getting to work with it before too long. Thank you very much S. I’ll let you know what I make with it.


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Six on Saturday – 16th January 2021

It’s been a mixed week of rain, bitter winds and a sun that is beginning to feel warm! My six today are all pleasing  to see in our garden and seeds for hope for the future

  1.  The edible trough has herbs and lettuces still.

Lettuces in the edible garden, ready to eat

2.  The Alliums are shooting up.

Allium Drumstick/ Sphaerocephalon

3.   There are buds beginning on the Snowdrops.


4.   Tiny Nigella seedlings have appeared, all self sown.



5.   There are buds on the Lavender!


6.   Seeds for the allotment arrived in the post today!

Sarah Raven seeds

The inspiration for Six on Saturday comes from The Propagator. Pop over to see his posts and to read sixes from lots of other gardeners to find out how gardens all over the world are faring.


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Dawn, Allotment and A Celebration

There were lots of beautiful colours in the dawn sky this morning.

A warm sun shone this afternoon and we spent a couple of hours at our allotment clearing ancient gooseberry bushes and weeds out of the fruit cage that we have inherited. We can now see where the currant bushes are and plan on pruning them quite hard soon.

We have been back in Cornwall for 13 years today so had a celebration meal of Chicken Pot Roasted in Milk, Bay and Nutmeg, the meal we made for Thanksgiving, very tasty indeed.


Baking, A Parcel and The Sea

My day got better today when LiveWire no2 called to ask if I could bake with him. Of course! Video call and ingredients all ready, we spent a happy couple of hours making Choc Chip and Raisin Cookies. Our lovely neighbour likes it when I bake with him too as we share out the results.

A late parcel arrived yesterday wrapped in this delightful brown wrapping paper.

We really needed a different place to walk today so drove a few miles to the North coast. Our walk was short in the bitterest of chill winds!

Sea at Porthtowan



Lichen, Primroses and A Painted Window

As we walked along Lovers’ Lane, birds were dropping bits out of the tree above us, among them, this pretty bit of lichen.

There was a letter in The Guardian this morning saying that in Burton in Lonsdale, North Yorkshire, the first primroses have just been seen. Here in Cornwall, we’ve had them in flower since November both in our garden and in the hedgerows as here. 

Walking past the Nursery School this afternoon we noticed the painting of local landmarks on the windows.

And today, I remember my Dad whose birthday this is. He was my rock.


Dew Drops, Curls and Reading

Walking this morning, I spotted some wool, I think, in the hedge. It must be from a wooly dog as sheep don’t come along this way! I loved the way the drops of dew had gathered in the strands.

In a conversation with Judy of Newenglandgardenandthread this afternoon, I found myself quoting words (referring to technology rather than a little girl) that were spoken to me many times as a child when I was being less than my lovely smiley self!  I looked them up and found this little poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (American poet, 1807-1882)

There was a little girl, who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead,
And when she was good, she was very, very good,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

She stood on her head, on her little trundle bed,
With nobody by for to hinder;
She screamed and she squalled, she yelled and she bawled,
And drummed her little heels against the winder.

Her mother heard the noise, and thought it was the boys
Playing in the empty attic,
She rushed upstairs, and caught her unawares,
And spanked her, most emphatic.

I only remember the first verse being used and I used to join in with the reprimand finding it amusing and a bit of a challenge!

This afternoon I have finished my Jolabokaflod book, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Oh, what a story, what beautiful writing, what evocative descriptions! I was sorry to come to the end and can wholly recommend it – just have a box of tissues nearby. Being the mother of twins myself, there were parts I found completely heartbreaking.



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Mud, Dogs and Another Robin

We have avoided one of our routes up to The Great Flat Lode because there has been such a lot of rain and that makes for a lot of puddle dodging. There has been much less rain recently so we tried that route only to discover that it is a completely impassable quagmire as a tractor has been churning up the mud and the puddles!

We frequently pass this handful of hounds!

Another Robin sang for us on this walk.


Six on Saturday 9-1-2021

It’s very cold, it’s wintery dark too early and we are all worried about the virus but there is hope in the garden. Nature will have her way, has kept us supplied with greens over the winter and now new shoots are appearing heralding a bright and beautiful Spring.
Here are my six for this week.
1. We redid the wall border in the early Autumn, planted lots of bulbs and some Clematis. This evergreen one has just taken off and is already all over the trellis.

Clematis Wisley Cream

2  In the same border are lots of winter flowering pansies which we can see from the kitchen window. The orange ones have been much more successful than the purple ones and make lovely bright spots in the border. Lots of the bulbs are peeping through.


3.  I went looking for Snowdrop shoots and found a few. Some I expected to find are smothered in weeds and we’ll have to get to clearing that little patch quickly to give the flowers some air and a chance.

Snowdrop shoots

4.  The raised beds continue to supply us with Kalettes otherwise known as Flower Sprouts. They are delicious quickly stir fried in garlic butter.

Kalettes/Flower Sprouts

5.  We acquired an allotment in the Autumn (great excitement having waited several years) and all we’ve really done is clear the dense weeds. We have however planted some Osteospermum along the path and a row of Elephant Garlic which has started to sprout! Yippee.

The Daffodils in the front garden  are quite tall and almost ready to bend their heads over so flowering isn’t too far away……

6. We have spent some happy hours planning the allotment and have this week ordered lots of seeds – for Dwarf French Beans, Courgettes, Leeks, Pumpkin, Tumbling Tom Tomatoes and Kale. News of those in due course.

And, just for fun, on our walk today and in someone else’s garden,  we were serenaded by a Robin who stayed there singing as we approached, as we went by and until we were so far away, we couldn’t hear him any more. What a treat!

The inspiration for Six on Saturday comes from The Propagator. Pop over to see his posts and to read sixes from lots of other gardeners.


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