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Lunch, Murals and Bins in Gallup

I’d read about the numerous beautiful murals in Gallup, commissioned in the early 2000s,  and after a Mexican lunch in Jerry’s, we walked about in the crazy heat to find some of them. Here they are:

The Long Walk Home by Richard K Yazzie


Ceremonial Mural by Irving Bahe depicting the unity and life that inter-tribal ceremonial brings

Native American Trading by Chester Khan showing the nature of commerce in Gallup throughout history

Multi-Cultural Women by Erica Rae Sykes, a tribute to the women who have continued the cultural traditions of every day life.

And the bins!


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The Lady of Shallot, The Love Potion and A Cat

We went to the most glorious exhibition in Falmouth Art Gallery this morning, The Legend of King Arthur, a Pre-Raphaelite Love Story where there were over 60 iconic works of art, some we knew and some new to us – all stunning! If you are in Cornwall, don’t miss this – it’s on until 30th September.

Enjoy these snippets, permission given to use these photos.

On the way back to the car, we loved the cat on the moored rowing boat.

Love the cat here

This post is for a good friend and follower who needs some good cheer from some especially beautiful things.


Cake, Clematis and Creativity

I made two Banana and Raisin Loaves today, one for us and one for tomorrow for coffee break with the gang we volunteer with.

Our Nelly Moser has lots more blooms.

We discovered a new piece of street art .down one of the opes in town.


Display, The Garden at The Ladder and A Sign

We love our local greengrocer/deli/butchers shop, The Grow Box. The display outside this morning was gorgeous!

We’ve been helping at the Ladder today, the project at Redruth’s old library, which is becoming a hub for lots of creative ventures, where the Bunker Cabaret was performed and where I did my writing course earlier in the Spring.  Today we have helped plant the garden which will back the outdoor stage. The gallery shows the before and after and all the baby veg plants which will be going into a separate plot later.

Stage clear and corner plants in

The new sign was being painted as we were potting on/planting.

Leonora painting the lovely new sign


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Door, Bag and Flower

Whenever we have gone past this building , it has been open so we haven’t seen these beautiful doors before. What a lovely surprise!

I did my Roots’ volunteering from home today and made another bag for the veggies to go out to customers.

Our Fritillaria  meleagris (Snake’s Head frittilary) are blooming. We love the chequer-board colouring.



A Beautiful Book

This lovely page is taken from a beautiful book that I was given a couple of years ago. It’s good to dip into now and again.


Posted by on April 3, 2023 in art, books, Kindness, painting, Postaday 2023


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Poster, Kindness and A Poem

One of my pupils with whom I have stayed in touch makes beautiful pieces with her delicate painting and immaculate lettering. Each of the phrases touches me and is part of my philosophy.  She has given me permission to share this lovely work with you.

Thank you, Rachel McCann, artist

Someone down our street very kindly put out a bucket of Narcissi for people to help themselves to – so I did and they are gorgeous, scented and full of colour.

There were so many flowers in the bucket that I imagined their back garden to be bursting with daffodils and that brought to mind the much loved Wordsworth poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.



Stories, Strong Women and Love

I’ve been ‘watching’ the rugby over this gloomy weekend and at the same time, I have read almost all of a fascinating new book, “Cornwall Herstory” a collection of stories of Cornish women in history, edited by Lesley Trotter, a friend from choir. It is utterly compelling and I am loving it.

The following picture came my way last week for International Women’s Day and seems right for today too.

And this one is always good to share.

Sorry, don’t know the designer here. Do tell me if you do.


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Angels, Sea Glass and Drawers

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.



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Open Studios, Lunch and Coffee Crown Cake

It’s Open Studios week in Cornwall and this morning we went to visit the studio of one of my favourite local artists, Sasha Harding, one of whose beautiful paintings we bought twelve years ago. Today we bought two small ones which I will show you when we have hung them. This is one wall of her gallery, taken with permission, of course.

A lovely sunny day called for a proper summertime lunch with homegrown leaves.

I’ve made a coffee cake for tomorrow’s market as I do almost every month. I decorated it to be a crown and sprayed the points with edible gold as a nod to the jubilee celebrations.



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