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New Border, Reflection and Cake

The bulbs in the new border are looking fabulous!

Sitting in the study this morning, I realised that the view from the window over the fields to the horizon was reflected in one of our paintings.

We felt a need for cake this afternoon so I made  Blueberry Streusel Cake which is quite delicious and one of our favourites.

 

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Birthday – Presents, Pud and Pottery

The lovely Mr S has had a good day despite everything. Family phone calls and videos, cards and presents have made the day fun and we have ended with a favourite feast of Confit Duck and then the Lime and Ginger Cheesecake. To top it all (what a strange thing!) he has booked for his vaccine tomorrow!

Presents from our lovely neighbour

Lime and Ginger Cheesecake ready to serve

I am trying to track down the maker of this pottery, initials JC. Just a call out in case anyone local might know. We know the potter is in Cornwall and was potting in the late1970s/early 1980s.

For those of you following my friend’s icy water exploits, she has added a comment to yesterday’s post. 🙂

 

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Resting

Having a break tonight. Back tomorrow. Here’s Chapel Porth for you to enjoy. xx

 
 

A Wedding, A Dedication and A Celebration

On this day in 1939, my Mum and Dad were married.They were to have honeymooned in Paris but given that WWII broke out on September 3rd they had a weekend in Blackpool instead before my Dad went off to the army for five years.

My Mum at her wedding in 1939

My Mum at her wedding in 1939

My Dad retired early to write and dedicated his first novel to my Mum ( using a nom de plume as advised by the publishers as it was thought that women read more historical romantic fiction and that they like to read books written by women!) The novel is set in Cornwall in the late 1800’s and its background is the tin mining industry that was so important to the Cornish.

Dad's first novel, published in the US and the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, in paperback by Sphere

Dad’s first novel, published in the US and the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, in paperback by Sphere

The dedication

The dedication

Their Golden wedding in 1989 was a great big family reunion in Cornwall as by then my older brother and his wife and two children were living in Munich, Germany, my younger brother and his wife were in Atlanta, Georgia and my sister and her growing family were in Phoenix, Arizona and I was in Yorkshire with my family. The advance for Ellen Bray paid for everyone to come to the two week long party!

 

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Mothers’ Day, Shears and A Castle

It was Mothers’ Day in America yesterday and my kid sister, who lives in Hawaii, posted a photo of our beautiful Mum who died in 1993 but is, of course, still much missed.

I started making masks today and the instructions suggested that I use pinking shears. Mine got taken for craft work many years ago but Mum’s are still in her sewing box where I am always finding haberdashery treasures. They look a bit rusty but they cut perfectly.

Our walk took us under Carn Brea today and I took this photo for the LiveWires who love going up there and scrambling on the rocks. In fact, the castle never was a ‘castle’ but a folly and later a hunting lodge.See here for the history.

 

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Clematis, Zoom and A Birthday

The Clematis Armandii sent us the last blooms today.

Choir was on Zoom tonight and was great fun! What a lovely lot we are!  Thanks to Claire for a fabulous lesson.

It’s my kid brother’s birthday today and despite us posting on 7th April (to Atlanta, USA) his card has not arrived so here is another!

 

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Nearly There, Christmas Wreath and Pudding

The Advent candle has burnt its way through December and we are now at Christmas Eve, nearly there and with excitement brewing in the LIveWires’ homes.

Advent candle

We were at the Gallery this morning for Christmas greetings and choccies! We passed a rather lovely wreath on the way back to the car park.

Christmas wreath in Penryn this morning

Rather than make lots of mince pies, it was easier to make a Galette Jalousie, not sure if you can see the gold lustre to make it festive!

Galette Jalousie

 

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Woodland Sculpture Garden

Join us on our delightful stroll around the Woodland Sculpture Garden at Salena Stamps where the works of Peter Boex are around every corner. Click on any photo in the gallery for a larger view.

 

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Friendship, Manderley and Tete a Tete

Some months ago, I had an accident with a glass of red, making our sitting room look as if a grisly event had taken place there. The insurance people were brilliant and we have a new carpet. Rather than the fitters taking away the whole ruined carpet, they cut out the long red section and left us with two large pieces of beautiful cream carpet to give away. Today we delivered the pieces to a Humanist friend and on her wall was the following little plaque which I liked very much.

Friends are crucial to our well being

In the bookshop in Truro, there is a new mural celebrating Manderley, the fictional estate of the character Maxim de Winter which plays a central part in Daphne du Maurier‘s 1938 novel, Rebecca,

Manderley

The little Tete a Tetes in our small wall garden are so lovely, especially against the cerulean sky.

Tete a Tete against a cold blue sky

 

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Woods, Music and Spoons

Our drive home yesterday through some woodland near Cardinham Woods was lovely. Had it not been throwing down hailstones, we may have gone for a walk!

Ancient trees near Bodmin

Singing with friends this morning was a real pleasure as we get to grips with our parts. There is something very special about creating harmonies with others. These words resonate with me.

Why Music?

I love the Spring flower designs on these measuring spoons. Sadly I don’t need any! However, if I see them again, that may not matter…….

Measuring spoons

 

 

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