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Sunset, Granny’s Bowl and Eton Mess

Last night’s sunset was lovely and peachy and reflected in my car window.

Sunset

Our lovely neighbour came in for supper tonight and after Caponata with Chicken, I served up Eton mess in a beautiful pale blue glass bowl that was my Granny’s. It was a Wedding present for her and Grandpa in June 1913! Isn’t it amazing that this glass bowl is still in use 105 years later?  I just love that she used it, my Mum always served  the Christmas Sherry Trifle in this bowl and now I, too, can use it and I love it.

Granny’s bowl

Eton Mess in Granny’s beautiful bowl

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue, and whipped double cream. First mentioned in print in 1893, it is commonly believed to originate from EtonCollege and is served at the annual cricket match against the pupils of Harrow School.  As the lovely Mr S says, the boys from Eton are still making a mess.

 
 

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Fused Glass, Wasp and A Duck Dinner

I’ve been on another glass workshop run by Lisa MacFarlane right here in our little town. Today it was fused glass and was both fun and challenging. We have to wait a couple of weeks to see how our bowls will turn out as they need two firings to be complete. Here is mine as it sets off for the kiln. I’ll show you the end result in a couple of weeks.

Hope this will turn out looking like a sunset over the sea!

I found a small creature on the Lobelia today but can’t identify it. I’m thinking it’s a wasp of some kind but the id charts don’t have this one. Perhaps someone can help.

Waiting for a name

The Confit Duck turned out well after its next stage of a long slow cook in duck fat then the pieces were drained and reheated when needed to crisp up the skin. We had it here with a mash of Sweet Potato and ornery potato, French Peas with Lettuce and Garlic  and a red wine sauce (which I forgot to photograph) –

Home made confit duck

scrumptious!

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2018 in art, Food, glass, nature, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Our Nephew, Singing and Cats

Our nephew, Mark Galen Lucas, is an artist in glass and his work is remarkable. He has given me permission to show you this beautiful piece about which he says, “This piece is about depression. As one hand is trying to evolve and flower, the other plucks the petals not allowing anything unfamiliar to take hold.”

Molecular Self-destruction by Mark Galen Lucas

We are learning ‘Lean on Me’ at choir, ready for singing at World Refugee Day on Wednesday. The arrangement by our leader, Claire Ingleheart,  is sounding amazing. I’ll give you a recording after Wednesday’s performance.

Two of next door’s cats visited this evening.

England won!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in art, Beauty, garden, glass, nature, Postaday2018

 

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Recycled Glass, A Golden Bike and Mini Daffodils

I have been at another glass workshop, again taught by Lisa Macfarlane and organised this time by Upcycle Kernow, a new venture in Portreath with the idea of intercepting ‘rubbish’ going to landfill and upcylcling it. We used bottles, a glass lampshade and a double glazed window today along with a few bits from Lisa’s store, left over from her making stained glass windows. Here is my piece – in honour of the Suffragettes, of course!

Suffragette colours in my piece

My piece in the making 1

My piece in the making 2

The Upcycle Kernow workshop is indicated on the road by a delightful golden bicycle.

The Golden Bike

I have salvaged just a few Narcissi blooms as the others have made their way to being recycled in the compost.

Last of the Narcissi bunch

 

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2018 in art, Beauty, craft, glass, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Stained Glass Christmas Decoration Workshop

Months ago I put my name on a waiting list for any one of the Stained Glass Christmas Decoration workshops at The Craft Collective in Redruth and had forgotten all about it until I had a phone call this morning saying there was a place for me! Just look what I made! I am so delighted with my quirky Suffragette Angel!

My Suffragette Angel, about 12 cms tall

We had a brilliant teacher, Lisa Macfarlane, who taught us all the techniques and encouraged us all to make our individual Christmas decorations.  I’ll be looking out for another course to develop these new skills.

All the decorations made today

 

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Hayle, Penzance, Tremenheere and Marazion

A quick visit to Hayle today and a look in the market in the Old Foundry Chapel (the wool shop has gone!), coffee in a small shop with a lovely glass ornament display, on to Penzance to show A as many of its treasures as we could fit in and thence to Tremenheere Sculpture Park to see the Restless Temple and for the first time today, we were delighted to have a fierce wind. Do click on the link/https://restlesstemple.co.uk/. My video of the Temple being restless was too wobbly as I was being blown about!  You can see below the fabulous view of St Michel’s Mount (for you, Liz) through another sculpture.  From there we went to Marazion in the hope of seeing the Murmuration again. We were not disappointed but again my video isn’t worth showing so please click on this link to see the murmuration we experienced a couple of weeks ago. The whole thing is spine-tingling to watch. The ooohs and aaahs tonight from the spectators were like those one hears at a fireworks show.

St Michael’s Mount

 

 

 

 

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One of the Secrets of Drawing from Nature……..

I love Autumn! The colours are so beautiful and even in a cold wind, a walk around Trelissick gave us so many beautiful moments. Click on any photo to share our colourful afternoon and to read the tale about ‘drawing from nature.’

 

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