We’ve been working in our own garden today and have planted all the baby lettuces in the trough ( just the edible flowers to add) and the little brassicas in one of the raised beds at the back. The Sweetcorn will go in tomorrow if this lovely settled weather continues.
Our Wisteria is wonderful this year. It has taken five years to settle in, as the pundits say, and is now just glorious.
The evening sun is coming through the100+ year old etched glass in the front door and casting a lovely pattern on the wall.
The moon was setting as we drew the curtains this morning and the sky was coloured by the dawn.Last night the full moon was at the back of the house where the sun rises. This morning, at the front, with dawn colours right across the sky.
We often watch the pair of Jackdaws outside in the tree. Jackdaws form strong pair bonds with their mates and are renowned for their devotion towards their partner.
My last Angel for Ukraine made this year has sold and will go in the post early next week. I’ve raised £280 and thank all those who have bought angels
One of our jobs at Community Roots today was starting to make Christmas cards by printing using beetroot. These ‘designs’ will be enhanced by one of our younger volunteers who did art at A level. Here is one of the initial prints. Next week, I’ll show you a finished card.
I sold two more angels today (two at choir yesterday too) one, I discovered, with a shell of Paua which is regarded as something special in New Zealand and I discovered the following by googling –
“It is believed that all varieties of abalone (including paua) strengthen the body as well as the heart. If a person wears jewelry made from paua shells, it is said that he can express his feelings to others articulately. They are believed to bring sensitivity, harmony, and connectivity in relationships. As this shell is found in a number of colours, it represents the beauty of life, which is ‘change’ that we experience every day.
It is a common Maori practice to gift paua shells to one another. According to them, this shell brings good luck, prosperity, and peace to the wearer.”
With a piece of Paua shell
With Cornish seaglass
Volunteers always leave with some of the day’s harvest. This is one of the carrots we chose because it made me smile.
We’ve had a shared dinner with friends this evening. We made the Borscht by the recipe given to us by our Ukrainian friend, Danylo; one couple made a delicious sourdough loaf to go with the soup and the other couple made Biskvit, Ukrainian Apple Pudding, from the #cookforUkraine website.
It has been a joy to have friends around for a meal again after so long of the pandemic and we have sent our donation to the Justgiving site.
I’ve worked on my Angels for Ukraine again today and experimented with sea glass for the heads of the smaller ones. I like the way they are not round like the glass beads I usually use. I think they show character!
The tall drawers that I keep all my materials in are very lovely, highly lacquered and painted with lilies.
Fabulous day today as the volunteers at Community Roots planted trees and shrubs as windbreaks to protect the site from salty winds and later shared a delicious pizza lunch. Do click through the photos to see the captions. Some of the photos were taken by other volunteers and are here with permission.
New rain jackets being modelled
Planters on the bund
Bringing the juvenile cuttings
Pizzas in the oven
Pizza van, menu and queue
My pizza, pesto, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms
The youngest volunteers with their ‘Pizza kitchen’
Pizza made for me by L
Cuttings prepared by the team I was part of today
Later in the afternoon, I cut wings for ten more Angels for Ukraine, tomorrow I will file all the rough edges and foil later in the week.
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I finished my first two angels today and the next two are ready for soldering.
Tonight there is a gig that we wanted to go to, Angeline Morrison with her set, The Sorrow Songs, see the poster below. We really wanted to go but missed out on tickets. Today, I stupidly replied to someone on Facebook who said she had tickets she couldn’t now use and to message her. I did. I transferred money. She didn’t send tickets. I realised I had been cheated. After almost an hour talking to the fraud people at the bank, they have assured me that my account is safe. They decided to refund me which astonished and pleased me as it was entirely my own fault. Big lesson learned today. Not everyone is kind or honest.
To make up for missing that, we are going to watch my all time favourite film which Daughter No 1 bought for me last Christmas.
UPDATE: The wonderful people at The Redruth Drapery, hearing of our plight, invited us down, saying they could squeeze us in. Angeline Morrison is as brilliant as we had hoped, her story telling and her song writing all in her gorgeous voice made for a very special evening after a really horrid afternoon.