I am loving getting back to my stained glass work. Today I have been working on a very special present for one of our LiveWires. I can’t show you until after Christmas! I have also cut out some angels today and have been choosing the beads to enhance them. A lovely shop owner of Artyzan in town, has said she would like to try a few for me!
I’ve made more of the Mini Pork Pies today as they make such a tasty and easy dinner, ten now in the freezer, two eaten for dinner tonight.
Mini Pork and Bacon Pies
Another pair of Fungi caught our eyes on our walk today, gorgeous rich toffee colour.
We have an allotment! We have been on the list for some time and today we have come to the top. We have a starter plot, one third of a proper plot, to see how we go. We are on trial for 3 months and are very excited to get started and to be a part of this vibrant community. As you can see, there is some work to be keeping us busy.
Our plot. We have inherited some rhubarb!
We’ve joined this lively community
Another view of the plots
We are 36B
Sadly, because of the Covid situation, the gallery where I have had my glass is closing. We are a co-operative and haven’t been able to open since the March lockdown. Today, I went to collect the pieces that were first put into the gallery for Valentine’s Day. Something good came out of this sadness though – I was so pleased to see my work and to remember how pretty it is and the fun I had making it all, that I am re-inspired to get on with more making!
As we were so close to the sea while near the gallery, we went for a walk along the sea front and just loved the blues in the sea.
Some years ago I learned of the Japanese art of kintsugi, the ancient art of mending broken pottery with gold, thus making the mended piece even more precious that it was when whole. Last year I broke a very precious green glass pot inherited from my Granny. It smells still of her powder as it contained powder and a puff which, as a little girl, I found quite fascinating. I was heartbroken and then found a kintsugi kit online! I mended the powder puff glass and an old serving dish that was broken some years ago. Today, needing a pot to plant up the rest of the Sweet Peas, we decided to mend an old terracotta pot inherited from my Mum which she had mended once but which had come apart at one of the joins. So, kintsugi into action again!
Small serving dish
Lots of little plants arrived earlier than expected and needed to be potted up so I spent a happy couple of hours doing just that in 9cm pots donated by our lovely neighbour, looking forward to a summer of beauty. These will all going into pots on the steps.
It was lovely that on our walk, while keeping two metres apart, everyone smiled, said hello and wished each other to stay safe. Here is a view from TheGreat Flat Lode looking out over St Euny Church and over to the sea on the North Coast of our beloved Cornwall.
Last week, St Petroc’s, the local charity for the homeless, put out a call on Radio Cornwall, for towels and soaps. We put together a couple of bags but could find no way to get them to Truro. Today a young woman who works with the charity came by and picked things up. Being homeless in today’s circumstances must be just about impossible but St Petroc’s are doing a wonderful job.
A donation came my way today too, of some very lovely pieces of glass. These belonged to our Dear Neighbour Bill Mitchell and S has just given them to me and I thank them both. I think these pieces will make a beautiful Tree of Life.
The lambs in the back field are growing. We love watching them bounce about and here share a joyful few moments with you.
I have repaired the little fish for our friends. I’ve decided to copy the pattern as it is a simple and pretty design. Watch this space!
The fins are mirrors. It’s hard to catch that in a photo.
In the window
I’ve made another batch of the Swap Shop biscuits partly so that I could photograph the process for my Recipe page (I’ll put it up soon) and partly to have it in the freezer ready for emergencies! Here are the fruits ready to be mixed in.
Ginger, cranberries, smashed up dried bananas, raisins and slivered almonds
There are lots of fields in Cornwall full of Narcissi. This field is no longer picked for the market but the flowers keep on blooming.
Just in case we have to self-isolate at some stage, I have today stocked up on some beautiful glass so that I can spend my days playing and creating. Added to my golds and yellows, greens and blues, and the remaining Victorian pieces, there is scope for all sorts of creativity!
We passed by a little woodland on our way to buy glass and were able to stop to photograph the Narcissi and the Celandines.
Supper tonight was a delicious vegan meal – Spinach, Coconut, Tomato and Brown Rice – the recipe for which was in last Sunday’s Observer. Here is Nigel Slater’s recipe if you would like to try it too.The coconutty sauce was scrumptious as was the rice flavoured with cardomon, clove and peppercorns.
I’ve had my day in the gallery, Fannie and Fox, today. In between customers, I managed to foil up some new pieces, two small trees and a Tree of Life. All ready to solder…….
There is a wonderful large piece in the gallery, Snowdrops, by Amanda Richardson. I love it and its frame.
Tonight we went to see the light show in St Day, the DiaspAURA show. The light projections on the old church were beautiful but impossible to capture with my camera. Here are three small light boxes from inside the roofless Church.