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Violets, Blue Sea and Yellow Gorse

Despite the bitter wind, we walked up round the back today along a section of the Great Flat Lode (which isn’t flat) and were delighted to see so many violets in the hedgerows and the Bluebell buds beginning to colour up.

Cornish violets for my cousin in Australia

The views of the sea from the top are especially good on cold clear days like today.

The Atlantic, the A30 and, in between, three chimneys from the tin mining era

The Gorse is gloriously yellow in the sunshine.

 

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Six on Saturday 10/4/2021

Spring has certainly sprung in our garden with the promise of more to come. We’ve had sunshine this week but still very cold winds and not really enough rain. (We don’t often say that in Cornwall.)
1.  The tulips in pots are magnificent.

2.  The Sweet Pea seedlings are coming along nicely. We have popped fleece around them when frosts were predicted. It’s almost time to tie them in.

3.  To accommodate the new Amanagowa Cherry tree, the lovely Mr S has re-designed the lawn and the curve is very pleasing.

4.  The buds on the tree are almost ready to burst.

5.  Baby plants arrived today from Sarah Raven, ordered with Christmas and birthday vouchers from family. I have potted up the Cosmos and the Osteospermum, some of which will be in the pollinator border at the allotment and some at home. The tulips above were also bought with birthday vouchers. It’s really lovely to have presents that keep on appearing. We’ll be able to eat some of them too as we also bought vegetable seeds and baby plants yet to arrive. .

6.  Because we now have the allotment, I am having one of the raised beds in the garden for cutting flowers. There is already a line of Sweet Peas by the trellis and today we have dug the last of our leeks to make space for my flower garden. So, not strictly garden, here is the Leek and Chicken Pie I made for supper tonight.

If you’d like a peek at other gardens, pop over to The Propagator who invites folk to join in Six on Saturday, and follow the links in the comments to see gardens all over the world.

 

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Onion Sets, Peggy Seeger and Friends

We spent the morning at the allotment planting many onion sets, red and white looking forward to a good harvest. You’ll have to look closely to see them!

The post today brought me my pre-ordered copy of Peggy Seeger’s new cd – First Farewell. I’ve been watching her online each Sunday tea-time and many weeks ago, in an online Songs of Protest with Greenham Common women, Peggy sang one of her new songs that really touched me, “How I Long For Peace.” Another gem on this wonderful album is, “Gotta Get Home By Midnight.” I love how she is laughing on the cover and that all the music is made with her sons and daughters in law. It’s truly beautiful in every way.

What a lovely afternoon we had with friends in the garden! We caught up on news and laughed and laughed –  a tonic for us all. The cakes went down well too – the Heligan Pineapple Cake and Sticky Ginger Cake, a new recipe from Cornish Kitchen.

Sticky Ginger Cake from Cornish Kitchen

 

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Swimming Hat, Rose and Cake

Our lovely neighbour is an artist as regular readers will know. She is in the middle of a project making very special swimming hats for local sea swimmers. She needed a model today to set the angle correctly so here is one of her designs. The others so far are a bunch of flowers, a  sailing boat and a pineapple.

There is just one rose left from my Mother’s Day bouquet, four weeks after delivery.

Last one standing

We have friends coming round tomorrow for a much longed-for catch-up in the garden so I have made cake. You can find the recipe for this delicious fruity cake by clicking on the red link.

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Allotment Flowers

I went to check on the allotment today and discovered that the Jackdaws had pulled out nearly half of our baby Broad Beans! I  planted some more beans and covered the bed, hopefully to foil the irritating Jackdaws!  I was cheered by the Tete a Tete in a corner of our plot, Tulips on a next door plot and a glorious golden Dandelion in the midst of a bed of Forget-me-nots.

 

Yellow, Door Knocker and A Poem

The Kalettes are flowering and make a pretty vase-full. They taste good too if caught before the flowers open so that they are like Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

I spotted this delightful door knocker in Penryn the other day after leaving the optician.

I love this poem. It sums up my blog for me – ordinary things being just perfect.

What happiness looks like by Marge Piercy

 

Some things are ordinary but perfect:
drinking coffee on summer mornings
with you as the cats laze about, fed,
on you or on me or curled together
in the bay window on a sunny pillow.
Outside the weeping beech stirs
in the wind, leaves hanging down
like just washed long tresses.
We talk softly of the pending day.
This is all I would need of heaven
that I don’t believe in, but this
I believe.
 

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Cornish Pasties, Butterfly and Tulip

It has been a beautiful day in so many ways. The sun shone and Daughter no 1 visited for the first time in a very long time. We cooked the frozen pasties that she had ordered some days ago and we ate them in the sun and Spring-filled garden. They were truly scrumptious.

Rowes pasties cooked at home

The warmth brought a butterfly to our garden.

Red Admiral butterfly

The Tulips are looking gorgeous.

 

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Ammonite, Cherry Blossom and Blueberry Bushes

When we were in Nepal some years ago, we went to watch the amazingly beautiful sunrise over the mountains and on the way back down, were persuaded to buy a small  stone egg which, when tapped, broke in half to reveal an ammonite. LiveWire No 4 has a birthday next week and is interested in fossils and rocks so we have sent it it to her and ordered a book to go with it. We are now using Bookshop.org to buy books as we cannot go to the shops yet. Every purchase with them  pays a share to your nominated local bookshop and avoids using the huge warehouses where the staff  are not treated properly.

On our walk today we went through the park on our way into town and passed a very young Cherry tree with just one branch full of blossom.

Today we have planted three Blueberry bushes in one of our raised beds. Now that we have the allotment, we are giving more space in the garden to the Raspberries, some Blueberries, the sweetcorn and a cutting flower bed.

 

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Narcissi, Golden Hour and Tea-Time

The border outside the kitchen has gone from the bright yellow of the Tete a Tete to whites  and pale yellows of Narcissi and blues and mauves of the Muscari and Anemones..

Next door’s big fir tree lights up beautifully with the golden hour sunlight.

It was tea-time for the lambs and their mothers as I was out catching the golden sunlight.

 

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The Causeway, Active April and A Poem

I enjoyed this that turned up this morning:

“In readiness for the Easter holidays and an influx of visitors, St Michael’s Mount has implemented radical new social distancing measures.Creating a one way system for those visiting the attraction, the ‘Coming Back Causeway’ has been built to ease congestion, and opens to the public today, Thursday April 1st.
Speaking at the opening ceremony this morning, Marizion parish councillor Mike Mount praised Cormac, saying: “The Coming Back Causeway, which looks almost identical to the original causeway, has been built with such efficiency that hardly anyone saw it happening.”  Mr Mount added: “A one-way system on the original causeway was trialed last summer, but was later abandoned after it emerged that visitors could not return from the island.”

Photo by Photojournalist Greg Martin

I like to pass on the Action for Happiness calendar each month. You can find more details here.

A kind friend dropped in some poems for me this afternoon. Here is one of them, new to me but by one of my favourite poets, Billy Collins, an American poet we once saw live in South Yorkshire. It is just one sentence  and I love it. I hope you do too.  Thank you very much, M.

Today

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.
We threw open the windows this morning while having breakfast and listened to the bird song instead of the radio. Bliss.
 

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