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A Walk, A Treat and A Cartoon

My dear friend and her beautiful dog, Kaia, came today for us to walk together around the Great Flat Lode. The valley was misty, Carn Brea covered by low cloud and by the end it was properly mizzling but we had the best walk catching up. The lovely Mr S brought me a little treat this afternoon on his way back from his appointment, always loved these and can’t remember when I last had one.

I think I’ve mentioned before our lovely neighbour who swims throughout the winter. The other day, she and her friends swam in a local quarry where they had to break the ice to make any headway. N had a hammer with her and was, literally, breaking the ice with her hammer!I think this cartoon expresses how I might feel if I were to try this hobby! I hope it doesn’t offend anybody! Open Water Swearing by Kate West Art

 

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A Painting, A Poem, and More Pebbles

I love it when beautiful things come my way out of the blue. This poem by Nicolette Sowder and its lovely art work by Lucy Campbell turned up yesterday.
May we raise children
who love the unloved
things – the dandelion, the
worms & spiderlings.
Children who sense
the rose needs the thorn
& run into rainswept days
the same way they
turn towards sun…
And when they’re grown &
someone has to speak for those
who have no voice
may they draw upon that
wilder bond, those days of
tending tender things
and be the ones.
~ Nicolette Sowder
A couple of my dear readers commented on the beautiful and enormous pebbles on Penzance Promenade and I thought that they, and you, might like another picture where a different set of the sculptured pebbles, have been joined by real pebbles and seaweed thrown up by the last crazy storm.
 
 

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Lichen, Primroses and A Painted Window

As we walked along Lovers’ Lane, birds were dropping bits out of the tree above us, among them, this pretty bit of lichen.

There was a letter in The Guardian this morning saying that in Burton in Lonsdale, North Yorkshire, the first primroses have just been seen. Here in Cornwall, we’ve had them in flower since November both in our garden and in the hedgerows as here. 

Walking past the Nursery School this afternoon we noticed the painting of local landmarks on the windows.

And today, I remember my Dad whose birthday this is. He was my rock.

 

Poppies, Peace and A Postcard

These are the words of our Mayor, Deborah Reeve -“Probably one of the most surreal experiences of the last 3 years. On Redruth Station at 5.00am to lay a wreath on the Poppy Train during a pandemic.”     How lovely that GWR are collecting poppies from lots of stations in Cornwall  to take up to London for Armistice Day.

Here’s a Poppy from our garden and a white Poppy for Peace to mark the day.

A beautiful card arrived today from a very lovely and dear friend, expressing her concern about my ankles – a typically kind and lovely thing to do. Thank you, T.

Catching Crayfish by Carl Larsson

 

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Berthe Morisot and An Autumn Walk

We joined a Zoom lecture this morning about my favourite artist, Berthe Morisot. It was given by Stella Grace Lyons and was fascinating.

The Cradle by Berthe Morisot

Afterwards, it being a glorious Autumn day, we went off for a favourite walk along to Loe Bar on the Penrose Estate. Join us!

 

 

 

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Masks, Wild Blooms and a Surprise.

Our town has a novel way of encouraging us to wear our masks.There are lots , one on almost every lamp-post.I’ll show you more later.  On the path up from town is a self-seeded Passion flower, still blooming.

Little Cyclamen are appearing in the Suffragette garden much to my surprise.

 

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Painting, Cookies and Wine

We are being decorated! Outside painting is okay now in these socially distancing times so here is a before picture.

When our lovely decorators, Colourgirlz, come to work for us, I always bake them a pile of cookies. This time I have made two batches of Choc Chip Cookies, one with with dark brown molasses sugar and dark chocolate chips – and raisins – and the second batch – with light soft brown sugar and white chocolate chips and raisins.

Choc chip cookies

A glass of wine in the evening sunshine under the Crinodendron was just what we needed! The Sweet Pea wigwam is coming along well as is the Bay tree on the left.

 

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New Moon, Foxglove and Our NHS

There was a scratch of a moon in the sky last night as the sun went down. Shame about all the phone lines but I love the gradation of the colours, the leaf silhouettes and the white moon.

There are Foxgloves all along our walk now in various stages of bloom. I love the detail inside each flower.

Teachers have been working throughout the crisis, sometimes in school teaching vulnerable children and those of key workers and sometimes teaching pupils online. Here is a delightful tribute to the NHS along the Cornish hedge around the playground of our local infant school.

 

Rainbows, Our NHS and Maya Angelou

On our walk this evening, I photographed all the rainbows thanking our NHS for their wonderful work that we could find in people’s windows – and after that gallery comes Maya Angelou with the advice for you to be the rainbow in someone else’s life.

 

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Breakfast, Bouquet and Rainbows

As it’s Mothers’ Day, the lovely Mr S made me a special breakfast, the ‘children’ all being unable to be here. The raspberries were homegrown, the blackberries picked in the nearby lane and have all been in the freezer. They were especially delicious.

Princess Breakfast

Here is a garden bouquet  for Mother’s Day to the Mother in us all and to the Mother of us all.

Flowers from our garden

Several years ago Daughter No 2 sent me a rainbow maker for Mother’s Day. Today it was throwing rainbows into our downstairs loo and onto the delightful painting that we have in there, a present from friends in the North when we left to come home 12 years ago.

Yesterday’s News by M Clarkson

 

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