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Guest Blogger from Falmouth

One of my readers, P,  sent me the following  lovely message this morning. I was so moved by this beautiful story that  I asked her if she could be my Guest Blogger for today and she agreed.
I hope you don’t mind me sending you a beautiful thing. Your blog has brought so much light and comfort through a really dark winter, it means a lot to me, and I’ve thought of you every time I’ve seen one of these little gems tied to a lamppost or a tree recently!

I just had to walk the Falmouth terraces before work this rare still morning, frosty and crisp with the mist hanging over a glassy harbour. These gem-like embroideries have been popping up around town, little splashes of hope and colour in the grey. One had appeared on a bench above a very unassuming little green space. It’s where we used to take our beloved young Mieke for a nearby leg-stretch and hoon about, and as she got more ill and couldn’t go far, I’d sit on the bench while she snuffled for dropped snacks and watched the other dogs bowling around. On her last morning with us – after a horribly unsettled night – she rallied, marched Pete out of the door and dragged him to the green to say goodbye. She sailed into her tomorrow that evening.

The photo of Mieke is her exploring the green as a puppy. She died with lymphoma in October, after 15 short but oh-so-busy months of life

It is so lovely to be given ‘beautiful things’ and I treasure this lyrically written piece  which moved me to tears.  All photos by P.

 

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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Shades of Yellow

Our walk today was highlighted by yellows, started after I spotted the yellow Holly leaf. After that, the yellows just shone out at us.

This afternoon, the yellow theme continued as I worked on some embroidery, a Christmas present for one of our LiveWires.

 

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Croissants, A Card and A Poem

On their last morning, the LiveWires made Croissants au Chocolat for everyone’s breakfasts.

This is the prettiest of all my lovely birthday cards, all made in ribbon and embroidery.

The fog hasn’t cleared all day and I was reminded of this charming little poem.

Fog by Carl Sandburg
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

 

 

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Mosaic, Quilting and Angels

It was my day in the gallery today, surrounded by beautiful things.  Click on any image to see more detail.

 

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Embroidery Silks, Pillow Cases and Cato

I needed more embroidery silks for finishing off the pillow cases so went to my favourite shop, Redruth fabrics which is an Aladdin’s Cave of gorgeousness.

Beautiful silks

This afternoon I finished off the pillow cases which each say ‘Goodnight ******’ (Insert name of Grandchild here). As I was doing the embroidery, I was thinking about my Mum who did the same for our four children nearly 40 years ago. Two, at least, of our children still have their much loved pillow cases!

Pillow cases finished and ready to pack

Our children and their children love the picture story book, ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ and visiting next door this afternoon, I was reminded of it when Cato came to sit near me, not on my lap or on the settee but in the box lid.

Cato

Our much loved and much used copy of ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ by Eve Sutton

 

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Embroidery, Cake and Our Town

Many, many years ago my Mum embroidered pillowcases with Goodnight, the child’s name and kisses for all her Grandchildren and two of our four, now in their 40s, still have theirs, if a little worn. I have started today making such pillow cases for each of our six Grandchildren for Christmas.

First pillowcase

I iced the Hummingbird cake tonight to take to a shared supper and it went down well.

Hummingbird Cake

We love our small town. You might enjoy watching this video that tells you about Redruth, its history and how it is blossoming recently.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/business/how-redruth-moved-worst-estate-2184475?fbclid=IwAR1MCS4U-8pG3DdYlfsSNRF_3-4zoJIVrnYrM0mg8bvEHIq1yihGqejqIcM

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2018 in baking, embroidery, environment, Photography

 

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R A Summer Exhibition – Some Favourites

What an exuberant Summer Exhibition this year, curated by Grayson Perry! It is full of humour and politics and there was lots to enjoy and admire  but with only one piece this year that truly moved me. Have a look through the gallery.

The piece that I looked at for ages and found most moving was a collection of carved Buttermilk prison issue soaps called Prison by Lee Cutter, just a small selection of detail for you here.

Prison Culture Lee Cutter

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in art, embroidery

 

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Tregellas Tapestries, Hydrangea and Pink Leaves

Today I took our exhibition posters and supplementary material to The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth as they are going to put it all on display in the near future. While I was there, I spent time, as always, with the remarkable Tregellas tapestries. Here are two more to add to those I have shown you before. You can read some of their history here.

The National Trust

The National Trust in Cornwall

Holidays in Cornwall 1925-30

Holidays in Cornwall

We stomped around Burncoose Nurseries’ Gardens this afternoon. The various Hydrangeas are looking lovely.

Hydrangea ?

Hydrangea flowers

I loved the pale pink new growth I show you below with the dark green older leaves but, sadly,  I don’t know what the plant is. Perhaps someone could enlighten me?

 

 

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Tregellas Tapestry, A Gate and A New Hat

I was in the Cornish Studies Library again today and thought that you might like to see another of the Tregellas tapestries, this one of some Cornish Festivals including Padstow’s Obby Oss which I wrote about recently. Others of the remarkable tapestries can be seen here and here.

Traditional Festivals

We have been delivering flyers to advertise the show, Until the Day Break, today. A face gate made me smile so here it is for you.

Lots of teeth and gold hair!

I went to Daisy Rain Vintage to find accessories for my costume for the show. No luck, sadly but I did find this delightful hat in a shop further down the hill.

Spring hat

 

 

 

 

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