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Poppy, Walk and Help?

Another Poppy is blooming. At breakfast time it popped out of its sepals and later in the day was fully open. As the sun left that part of the garden, it closed up again.

Our walk today was very blustery! Join us going up to the Flat Lode Trail with a view of Carn Brea, past the St Uny engine house and back home.

We have a problem in the edible trough. A little Viola plant died last week, just went limp and gave up the ghost. Yesterday, all was well with the rest of the Viola border and today – another plant seems to have died. Any ideas? The trough is damp, everything else, lettuces and the rest of the Violas seem fine…….

 

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Today’s Walk to Killifreth

We live in Cornwall, in the middle of what was the richest area in the world  for copper and tin mining in the 18th and 19th centuries and we are surrounded by the iconic engine houses, one of which we walked to yesterday. Today we visited one of the most elegant of all the relics around, Killifreth. Click on any image for a bigger picture and the explanatory caption.

Killifreth

 

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Join Us On Our Most Joyful Walk

We visited our favourite spot today, Chapelporth with a walk up the cliffs to Wheal Coates.The cafe is not yet open so no Croque Monsieur or Ice-cream Hedgehogs…. Click on any photo for a bigger view and the caption.

 

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Kresen Kernow Tour

Kresen Kernow is Cornwall’s brand new, state-of-the-art archive centre. Constructed in the Brewhouse of the former Redruth Brewery, this beautiful building is a new public space for Cornwall, opened last September.  As well as 1.5 million records covering 850 years of history, Kresen Kernow has bright and airy research rooms, and has made magical use of the original architecture of the brewery.
We were shown around the public areas and the, usually private, strong rooms and it was fascinating. Our guide was brilliant with lots of knowledge bringing local history alive. They plan on having  every book written in Cornwall, about Cornwall or by Cornish authors and my Dad’s work is there! They don’t have every one of his books and said they would certainly welcome the copies that they are missing.  We plan on donating all the missing copies.
Join us on this brief tour. They run regular tours so if you get the chance, go along. It is the most amazing resource for us all to enjoy.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2020 in architecture, art, Uncategorized

 

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Planter, Cathedral and Bee Box

The baskets and planters in Truro are looking lovely, very Spring-like.

I love the tiles and all the shapes on this bit of Truro Cathedral.

One of the Cathedral gardens is labelled ‘Wild Truro’ and in amongst the wild flowers was this bee-box. I hadn’t thought of putting pine cones in a bee-box.

 

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Detail, Pond and Sheep

The Natural History Museum is a beautiful piece of architecture. Click on any photo for the full detail.

The outdoor area has a couple of ponds where the golden Autumn leaves were floating and some curly coated sheep were mowing the grass.

 

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Scarlet, Chimneys and Thatched Cottages

Acer leaves are truly glorious.

In a beautiful village in Suffolk are these most unusual chimneys, saw-tooth in white brick. The cottage they are on dates back to 1600!  The front  of  the   cottage  is  thatched  and  this  is  the  back, partially thatched and, we think,  also  most  unusual.

There are several thatched cottages in the village. This one is for sale!

 

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Golden Squirrel, Carrick Roads and River Glimpse

What a glorious autumn day today so, late in the afternoon we went off to Trelissick …….

Squirrel on the weather vane on the water tower

The view across the Carrick Roads to Pendennis Castle is one of our favourites.

From the house

Further around the walk there were tantalising glimpses of the Truro River. We could hear the King Harry Ferry chugging across.

Oaks grow right down to the water’s edge across the river

 

Windows, Tiles and Muffins

I noticed some windows in Redruth for the first time today and loved the fact that ‘DRESSES’ and ‘MANTLES’ are still etched into the glass. I’m hoping a local reader will know what the shop was in its heyday.

The West End Drapery Stores were quite something and the premises are still lovely on the outside. One section of the old shop is being renovated and has been recently painted and the floor tiles cleaned up.

I baked some Courgette and Mozzarella Muffins today and they were delicious.

 

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Horse Fly, Door and Biscuits

At the garden centre we bought some Leucanthemum and the sales assistant asked, ‘Shall I get rid of the Horse Fly before you put the plants in your car?’  Yes please was our reply.

A horse-fly, Tabanus eggeri,

Walking through town I noticed a door with beautiful glass which I haven’t spotted before.

A door on Bond Street

Our lovely nephew and family gave us a box of chocolate biscuits, two bottles of wine and a very pretty rose bush to say thank you for lending them our beach equipment and having them  round for supper – it was all a pleasure for us so the treats were both unexpected and special.

Special chocolate biscuits

It’s my kid  sister’s birthday today so this post is for her! Love you, D.

 
 
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