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Seville Oranges, Decorations and Catherine Hyde

The greengrocer’s in town have Seville Oranges in store and we bought enough for four batches of Marmalade which will keep us, our eldest daughter and friends going for a year!  We’ll make some marmalade this weekend and freeze the other oranges for later.

Seville Oranges

We have taken our tree down today and I have now labelled all the decorations so that every one will know where they were bought – from Kennebunkport in New England to Volcano in Hawaii, from Phoenix, Arizona, to Mapoch, South Africa, from Swaziland to Salzburg…………   I try to buy something, preferably an Angel, everywhere we go on holiday and have done this for many years.

Many years of collecting

This beautiful painting by Catherine Hyde of ‘The Coming Home Trees’ was our Christmas card from very dear friends. This copse is so evocative for so many people as they come home to Cornwall and I love this painting so much.

The Coming Home Trees

 

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A Bag, A Watering Can and A Poem

I love this bag, seen today after singing and belonging to a very good friend. I love all things owly.

Owl bag

I found this planted watering can outside a cafe in Penryn.

Seen in Penryn

This poem came my way today and seemed apt given all the rain showers we have had this summer. I hope you like it too.

Last Night the Rain Spoke To Me – Mary Oliver

Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,

what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again

in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,

smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches

and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing

under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,

and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment,
at which moment

my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars

and the soft rain—
imagine! imagine!
the wild and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Beauty, photography, poetry, postaday2017

 

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Cruet Set, A Walk and Bark

I loved this cruet set which was on the table in The Melting Pot cafe in Krowji where we had a delicious lunch of Courgette and Leek soup.

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Another walk in St Euny graveyard this afternoon – this time to talk logistics with Rebecca Mordan of Scary Little Girls who do literary theatrical walks. Our production, Until the Day Break,  becomes  more real every time we take someone else on the walk with us.

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A tree in the graveyard caught my eye – the beautiful colours of the bark and the pictures therein. It was like cloud watching and finding shapes in them. I just discovered that there is a name for doing that – Pareidolia – I love new words!  What do you see here? My first mind picture changed as I took the photo.

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Flowers, Chicken and Tree of Life

We came home last night to find that our Hyacinths, planted for my birthday, had indeed flowered then and are still looking lovely along with the Christmas Cactus.dscn0393

One of our Christmas presents, opened in London last weekend, was this delightful glass chicken made by Danielle Hopkinson. It amused us to put it on our lovely wooden egg keeper along with the eggs! Thanks L, T and B.

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We opened another Christmas present today too, a beautiful intricate carving of The Tree of Life which is now on our kitchen wall. Thanks V and P.dscn0400

Yet another parcel was waiting for us when we arrived home last night and I will show you the beautiful contents tomorrow. Thanks P and J.

 
 

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Sand Dog, Floor Piano and Little Hands

Walking around Truro this afternoon we came across this wonderful sand dog being made. It looked very realistic.

Sand sculpture

Sand sculpture

Littlest Live-Wire arrived this afternoon and opened her Christmas present of a floor piano.

Playing on the floor piano

Playing on the floor piano

At her nursery she had made this delightful picture of Rudolph with her hands and her feet.

Rudolph

Rudolph

 

 

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Penguins, A Window and A Primrose

We visited  some special lovely friends this morning and were very taken by the beautiful penguins visiting their beautifully simple Swedish Nativity scene!

Nativity with penguins

Nativity with penguins

I loved this window in their laundry/wet room – just delightful and cheery.

Stained glass window, one of two

Stained glass window, one of two

In our front garden, on our return, we spotted some Primroses – so lovely, one of my favourite Spring flowers.

Primroses in December

Primroses in December

 

 

 

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Baking, Happy Home and Winter Clouds

We were due to go for a tea party this afternoon so I spent a happy morning baking Brownies and then constructing a Brownie Mountain to take with us.

Brownie Mountain

Brownie Mountain

It was such a lovely afternoon in a cottage in the grounds of Heligan and on the wall was this sign – just perfect for that household!

For every home

For every home

On the way home the clouds were beautiful.

Clouds and the sea

Clouds and the sea

Pink and Grey

Pink and Grey

Clouds on the road home

Clouds on the road home

 

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