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The Lost Gardens

We’ve had the best last day with the LIveWires and Daughter No2 in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, exploring areas we hadn’t visited before and generally having fun. The rain wasn’t a problem at all as we were all wearing the right clothes!  Join us in the gallery.

Charming entrance made with old tools

The Mud Maid made by Sue Hill and Pete Hill

Blue Heron


Surprise, Harvesting and Dinner

I’ve been to the Eco Park countless times and today took LiveWire No 3 to sing with me. She joined us on various zooms during lockdowns and loves singing with Claire. On the way out she spotted something I have never seen before, zebras behind fences! What a surprise!

Look very carefully!

After singing this morning, we spent the afternoon at the beach and later collected some more Dwarf Purple Beans for tonight’s meal. It’s lovely to such enthusiastic help with the harvesting.

Tonight’s meal with the family (Daughter No 1 has joined us for the day too) – Marmalade Chicken.

Marmalade Chicken



Special Discovery

For some time I’ve been thinking I need to clean up the frame of a sweet, hand coloured photo of me at three or  four years old, in a smocked dress made by my Mum. It’s a favourite and last week I took the photo out of the frame. 

Behind the photo of me, I found two more very special photos of my Mum and Dad in their twenties I am guessing.  I had no idea they were there! Aren’t they just the most beautiful couple?

My Mum, Cicely H M Wiseman nee Richards

My Dad. David Wiseman



Bees, Beans and Busy

The bees are enjoying the Aliums.

We are enjoying having Daughter No 2 and her two LiveWires with us, especially when we were given help with today’s harvest of Purple Dwarf Beans for dinner and a Patty Pan squash to roast another day.

The day has been busy as you can imagine!


Altruism, Walk and Moth

Another month has gone by already! Here is the Happiness Calendar for August.

Our walk this morning along the coastal path at St Agnes Head was remarkably busy! Okay, it’s August in Cornwall! Our drive there was the hairiest it’s ever been down the little country lanes as we encountered caravans, trailers, a silver bullet caravan and RVs, none of them very willing to pull over and not one of them waving to say thanks for us backing up and tucking in. I’m thinking they aren’t all rude but maybe scared of the situation and concentrating hard. Out of season it is extremely rare that drivers don’t wave to each other after manoeuvring in the lanes.

The views through the mist towards St Ives were glorious, of course, and the buzzy red daytime moths, Cinnabars,  are quite charming.

Cinnabar Moth



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Broad Beans, Sunflowers and White Flowers

We have harvested all our broad beans and frozen lots of them (we’ve eaten lots fresh too.) Some of them were a bit big and tough looking so I took the advice of a lovely fellow allotmenteer, peeled their grey coats off (rather tedious) and made Broad Bean Hummus. It’s delicious and worth the work!

Yesterday we bought a bunch of bright sunny Sunflowers, a bunch which reminds me of some lovely holidays in France where there are fields and fields of glorious yellow. We added the daisy, blown over by the hoolies over the last couple of days, the Verbena  Bonariensis, likewise.

The white flowers are Cosmos and Dahlias from the allotment. Sadly, I’ve had to rescue the last few Cosmos flowers prior to pulling them up. The leaves went silver and then brown, then dead. We’ve grown Cosmos at home for many years and have never had this problem. The ones in the garden now, from the same batch, are still flowering and gorgeous so it’s a puzzle.


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Our Little Guest, Nigella and Clematis

Our little guest plays like a whirling dervish all morning and sleeps soundly all afternoon. Not sure what she does at night…….

The Love-in-a Mist is really lovely this year.

The Clematis over the arch is still blooming well


Nasturtiums, Peace and Embroidery

The Nasturtiums that I planted at the allotment are now romping up the side of the fruit cage.

I came across this brilliant piece today and wish I’d known it when I was teaching.

I have an embroidery project about to start and am taking inspiration from this lovely piece. I don’t think mine will be 3d but I really like the effect here.


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Fiftieth Party, Thali and A Bike

Today is Claire’s birthday and all her pals came together at the Eco park for a thali  and some Irish music, to see her presented with her birthday present and to hear the wonderful speech given by one of her beautiful daughters – just a few photos from a colourful evening full of love.

We had all contributed to Claire’s present, an electric bike, and here she has just been presented with a cardboard cutout and a voucher  so that she can go and choose what she wants.



Treasures Found while Sorting

First in my discoveries  was a wonderful photo, caught up with some modern ones, of my Grandparents in 1919. Here is my Grandfather, the Reverend Richards, on his beloved motorbike and with my Mum on his lap and my very lovely Granny in the sidecar with my Uncle.

Next I found a little book which turned out to be the Manchester University Student Union Handbook the year my Dad was President of the Union..

I love his address to the students where his principles are clearly on show.

Lastly, for today, going through my sewing projects box, I found an unmade Clothkit for dungarees for a 2-4 year old. I never got around to making them but have a lovely young friend with a two year old. I asked her if she might like to make these for her little boy and she was delighted, saying she had grown up wearing Clothkit clothing herself. I am equally delighted to be helping her to carry on the family tradition.

I look forward to seeing A in his smiley lion dungarees……..


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