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More from our Mini Holiday

Some more pictures from our mini holiday in Mousehole (pronounced Mowzzle) and Tremenheere. Stone sculptures are being made on all stony beaches and some are very cleverly balanced. The ones in Tremenheere are from a workshop held some time ago.
Holiday Home by Richard Woods is a disturbing piece of art, blank, blind windows and very unattractive. These are the words from the Tremenheere literature, “Plays on the idea of sought-after locations and the booming market for second homes, amid a crisis of housing supply.”
I found this very moving and all the more disturbing having just come from Mousehole,  where so many homes are now  blind and empty second homes or places for rental and not homes for those who so desperately need a place of their own.

 

 

 

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The Minack, Mousehole and Tremenheere

We’ve just returned from our first holiday in 2020 – one night away in a lovely hotel, The Old Coastguard Hotel in Mousehole.  We started with drinks on the lawn watching the boats go by,  followed with a Minack theatre experience in the evening and after a splendid breakfast, a walk around Mousehole and then lunch and a walk around the sculpture gardens at Tremenheere. A perfect mini break! Join us in seeing some of these treats in the gallery. Click on any photo for the detail.

A delicious wine whose name I missed

 

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National Cheese Toast Day 15th September

A busy day so just lunch as part of our celebration of National Cheese on Toast day.

Mini pizza

 

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New Fabric, Flowers and Wood Carving

Fabulous new fabric arrived today, ordered in the hope of choir being able to start again at some point.

We went for tea with friends in their garden and took along some of the last flowers from our garden.

Part of our afternoon was a good stomp and a natter round their local woods where we came across a pair of otters.

 

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Not All Fairies can Fly

I first fell in love with Samantha Bryan’s Fairies in the early 2000s when I saw an exhibition in the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds.   The invention, the humour, the whole premise and the beautiful construction  entranced me and I bought my first Fairy. Who knew that fairies don’t simply fly but have to learn? That they wear L plates to warn others of their inexperience? That they need various intricate contraptions to help them learn to fly? That they do stretching exercises before setting off on their roller boots, or with a lifting device, under an air balloon or with a propellor? That they need special protective equipment? My quirky collection of ‘Brains Fairy Aiding Inventions’ shows all these and more.

My first Fairy

Fairy doing an exercise designed to strengthen leg muscles in preparation for impact during landing

Fairy doing an exercise designed to strengthen leg muscles in preparation for impact during landing

Waiting for repaired wings and looking a bit sad 2004

Air balloon assistance

Beautiful detail

I love her pleased expression

Brain’s revolutionary V.T.O.L. Apparatus (assists fairies in vertical take-off and landing) 2003

Improved pedal powered fairy vehicle

All the Fairies have labels typed on an old typewriter adding to the quaintness of the whole.

 

When I retired from teaching in 2006, I was also mentoring student teachers and commissioned Samantha to make me a Fairy piece showing a Fairy being encouraged in her efforts to become fully fledged and ready to go out on her own.  Samantha sent me four beautiful designs that she had sketched and  this is the one I chose.

Mentor with fairy in training 2006

It’s time I added to my collection!

 

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Fairy Wings, Garden Colour and Singing

I fitted the repaired wings to two of my Fairies today and am delighted with how they now look and that now they will be able to fly, albeit that they are learners!

We are delighted with the serendipitous odd pops of colour in our garden. Both the Poppy and the Crocosmia are self-sown.

In the last few days, members of The Inglehearts’ Singers have recorded themselves at home singing new words to Trelawny, the Cornish anthem,  words designed to encourage people in Camborne to wear their masks and to help each other in these uncertain Covid times.

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Fairy Wings, A Feather and Macro Delight

Some time ago I mentioned that a couple of my beautiful Fairy collection, made by Samantha Bryan, had poorly wings. See here for that post. I wrote to Samantha to explain the problem and she wrote back telling me how to remove the wings and to send them to her for repair. This I did, with the beautiful feathers given to me by my dear friend, Nicky. The repaired wings arrived in the post today along with two tiny bits of leather in case any further repair is need. Just look! Aren’t they beautiful? I shall show you when I have attached the wings in a day or two.

Feather wings from Samantha Bryan

Our eggs arrived today, one with a feather attached – seems just serendipitous for the day!

I love my new camera and the macro facility. I have missed it so much! Here, some Rose petals and an Alium.

 

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Our Garden – Six on Saturday

Our garden is full of colour and is a great comfort to us.

For other lovely gardens to check out, call in on The Propagator  where you will also find a participants’ guide.

It is the birth date of Paul Robeson whose singing I love. Check out here for why and a recording of The Ballad of Joe Hill.

 
 

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A Family, Monkeys, A Special Meal and A Recipe

On our walk today, we were overtaken by a young family that we know, all out on their bikes, the littles one being towed. They were off to do the whole Great Flat Lode. We walk just a small section. It isn’t flat, by the way. This section is quite a steep hill.

In between showers, we have managed to plant up the Monkey planter and it looks lovely against the newly painted wall, which is cream rather than white but looks white in the photo. A local artist, Jeremy Beswick, made this precious basket for me many years ago.

We are ‘going out’ for dinner again tonight, collecting a Confit Duck meal from The Royal Oak in Perranwell. Here is this week’s menu.

I have put the recipe for Strawberry Freezer Jam on my recipe pages today.  It’s very easy and totally scrumptious.

 

 

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Thank you, Dandelion Clocks and Ghost Town

A dear choir friend does a top-up shop for us each week and today we picked a purple, white and green posy from our garden for her to say Thank you. As well as getting the shopping items, just seeing this friendly smile and having a chat, two meters apart, of course, is such a tonic.

For our walk today, we chose to go through the park into town, thinking that we wouldn’t meet many people here on a Sunday. There were so many dandelion clocks in the park, I wished we had some little people with us to play with them.

Redruth was like a ghost town!  Look carefully and you might spot the Welly Dogs, the very special art installation by David Kemp, in our town.

 
 
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