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Hedgehogs, Lasagne and September Flowers

One of the roundabouts in Truro has won an award! It is a delight to drive around but hard to take photos of so I have borrowed this one. If anyone can tell me the photographer, please do so that they can be credited. “The Roundabout Appreciation Society (RAS) praised the “quirky” roundabout in Truro, which features hedgehogs named Cecile, Patricia, Denzil and Kizzy.”

Truro roundabaout voted best in UK 2019

I have made another Jackfruit Lasagne to share with veggie friends. It is truly delicious!

Jackfruit Lasagne

In our late September garden there are Fucshia, Japanese anemones, Clematis and amid them all, a smiling Welly Dog.

Garden end September 2019

 

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On This Day in 1909, White Narcissi and Purple Fritillaria

On this day in 1909, my Great Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Wiseman, Suffragette aged 53, was arrested in London having thrown stones to break windows. Subsequently she was imprisoned in Holloway, went on hunger strike, was force fed and was awarded the Suffragette Portcullis Brooch in recognition of her courage.

Suffragette Brooch

My Suffragette garden has lots of white but the purple Tulips are lagging behind.

Some Narcissi

I shall have to move some of the Fritillaria to the front as they do flower at the same time as the Narcissi.

Fritillaria

Done!

If you would like to read about a Suffragette’s life in Holloway, the Diary of a Suffragette makes very interesting reading. Click on the red link. https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/suffragettediary.wordpress.com

 

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Delight, Autumn Wreath and A Mural

One of my photos has been published today in The Guardian on their weather pages! I am over the moon! You can find the original here. 

My photo in The Guardian!

Walking through Penryn today, I was drawn to a lovely red door with a wreath of autumn leaves.

Door in Penryn

One of my favourite shops has a new mural, a winter one replacing the sunny, summer one. I love seeing them. The artist  is Elizabeth Perry.

Mural on Just Delights

 

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Family History, An Award and A Note

I have so much stuff to sort! In a long unpacked box today I discovered some forgotten family treasures, one relating to my maternal Grandfather and the other to my Dad.

My Grandfather, Rev. W Richards, won a Championship of some sort and was given the following beautiful little piece with the Preston Coat of Arms enamelled on one side and P.T.C.L. on the back with the date 1928. If anyone knows what the letters stand for, I would love to know.


What a thoughtful teacher wrote this little note for my Dad to take home from Primary School.It was written when Dad was ten years old before he moved on to Manchester Grammar School. In another ten years it will qualify as an antique!

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2016 in awards, Beauty, family history, Kindness

 

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Carl Sandburg, Mist and Heroes

1   This beautiful little poem, ‘Fog’ by Carl Sandburg, which we both love, was on BBC Radio 4 today and brought back lots of lovely memories. What a fabulous metaphor.

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
2   Coming home from a fabulous singing session tonight, heavy rain was falling onto hot roads and a fine mist was rising all along my route home. It was very beautiful and reminded me again of the poem we heard this morning.
3   Two very good friends have completed the Three Peaks Challenge over the weekend and have been raising funds for Prostate Cancer Research. How brilliant is that!?  Here they are at  Sunrise, 6am, Summit of Pen y Fan. Well done both of you. I am in awe!
G and J on the Three Peaks Challenge done for Prostate Cancer Research

G and J on the Three Peaks Challenge done for Prostate Cancer Research

Three Peaks Challenge done!

Three Peaks Challenge done!

Update 10/6/2014  Between them, they have raised just on £1000! That’s amazing! Well done again.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in awards, charity, photography, poetry

 

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Sailing Lesson Day 2, Cormorant and Another Rescue

1   Well, we did it! We are again exhausted after a challenging day of learning to sail with quite strong winds and stronger gusts but very happy that we now have our Royal Yachting Association Level 1 Certificates. We completed the syllabus at the Falmouth School of Sailing with our very understanding and excellent teacher (who also fed us Jelly babies! Those who are regular readers will know how I love my Jelly babies!) and we are now ready to tackle Level 2.

Certificate Level 1

Certificate Level 1

2  While practising tacking out in the bay, we saw a small boat suddenly lose its mast and so we went to the rescue again. To our surprise, one of the pair was one of the young women we rescued yesterday! She was very pleased to see us again.

Rescue 2

Rescue 2

3    Cormorants were skimming the waves and diving but they are very hard to catch on camera.

Cormorant

Cormorant

 

 

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Red Roses in Bodmin, Herbs and Purple Poppy

1   One hundred years ago today, the Suffragists on the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913 from Land’s End to London, stopped in Bodmin where the Mayor greeted them with a red rose each in a gesture of solidarity. Today, on the tour of the play, Oxygen by Natalie McGrath, along the route, the troupe stopped in Bodmin and were presented with red roses by the Mayor in remembrance of June 25th 1913.  We were there! It was brilliant to hear some of the speeches again and to join the cast in the singing of the song that we learned yesterday.

The Mayor, the Cast and the Roses

The Mayor, the Cast and the Roses

Singing Oxygen, the song we learned last night

Singing Oxygen, the song we learned last night

2   I love being able to cut fresh herbs for our salad dressing – two kinds of mint, chives and garlic chives, sage and three kinds of thyme. Delicious.

Herbs chopped for a salad dressing

Herbs chopped for a salad dressing

3   The purple Poppies and the white Cistus have both opened today in my purple, white and green Suffragette garden. What excellent timing!

Purple poppy in my Suffragette garden

Purple poppy in my Suffragette garden

White Cistus

White Cistus

 

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Mothers’ Day, Nutella Cookies and The Dragon Award

1   It’s Mothers’ Day here in the UK and I have been cheered, as always, by the love and the warmth from my lovely ‘kids’!

I’ve also spent some time, of course,  thinking about my own lovely Mum who died 20 years ago this year which is very hard to believe. She is always here with me in so many ways.  Mum always insisted that she stood 5′ and half an inch tall but in fact she was 4′ 11and a 1/2″!  We sometimes called her MiniMum and there are many occasions when I find MiniMum on my shoulder whispering her wisdoms in my ear.  She was so warm and she was one, who in the words of Thomas Hardy, ‘used to notice’ the beautiful things.  She would have loved my blog…..

Purple, white and green card

Purple, white and green card, chosen with care and a nod to our history

Silk scarf

Lovely colourful silk scarf

Flower basket

Gorgeous flower basket

2   While here for her birthday, our eldest gave me a recipe for the easiest cookies in the world and they taste good too! I’ve just made a batch of Nutella Cookies and will add them to the cakes I’ve made for Thursday’s Singing Workshop cake-break.

Nutella Cookies

M’s Nutella Cookies

3    I’ve been given The Dragon Award by Marilyn and I’m utterly delighted by that! Thank you so much. In the ensuing conversation, Marilyn said the following about my blog which pleases me greatly  –    “I love your blog. It’s beautiful. Elegant. It’s a friendly place, like visiting a good neighbour who doesn’t lock her kitchen door and always has a pot of coffee on the stove.”

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Wrapping Paper, Hand-Made, New Baby and Birthday Honours List

1   One of my birthday presents this morning was wrapped in this beautiful old paper that belonged to my much-loved Sister-in-law who found it in her Mother’s things. It must be at least 60 years old. The present was beautiful too!

Very special wrapping paper

Very special wrapping paper – isn’t it delightful?

2   My daughter’s lovely partner has made me a stick for stomping through the countryside. It’s made of holly and is so smooth and very beautiful.

Beautifully worked handle on my stomping stick

Beautifully worked handle on my stomping stick

Beautiful knot at the end

Beautiful knot at the end

3   We have just had the lovely news of the safe arrival of the newest Grandchild of our good friends J&M. It’s a lovely day for a Birthday. Much of the world is celebrating at Midnight and when I was little I thought the Cathedral Bells of Truro Cathedral were ringing out just for me!

4   In the UK the Queen always gives out Honours on her birthday in June. I have been lucky enough to be nominated for Blog of the Year by Renee so, on my birthday,  I’m going to emulate the Queen by giving out some honours just before the year ends!  The rules follow at the end.

First then, thank you so much to Renee for giving me a third star – much appreciated.

These then are the blogs that I want to nominate for Blog of the Year 2012. Some of you I nominated for an award recently but that was more general. This is for a Star!  I do understand that some of you don’t accept Awards but just want you to know how much I appreciate your company in this blogging world and of course, some of you have probably arrived at 6 stars already!

 http://anelephantcant.me/

Alastair of http://kattermonran.com/

Marilyn of http://teepee12.wordpress.com/

Meme at http://mixandmatchmeme.wordpress.com/

Noeleen at http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/ 

http://regularteenageworld.wordpress.com/

Lesley at http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

Uru at  http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com

Renee at http://positiveboomer.net/

Don at http://candidpresence.wordpress.com/

Russell at http://russelrayphotos2.com/

http://applepieandnapalm.wordpress.com/

Bernice at http://realisticcookingideas.com/

Lou Ann at http://onthehomefrontandbeyond.wordpress.com/

Patty at http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/

Penny at http://thewhyaboutthis.com/

Nia at http://photographyofnia.com/

Yvonne at http://aweebitrandom.com/

http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/

http://saymberblondi.wordpress.com/

Tazein at http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

Elle at http://daysofourlivesjapan.wordpress.com/

Claire at http://promenadeplantings.com/

Kathleen at http://corningnystepbystep.blogspot.co.uk/

Valerie at http://valeriedavies.com/ who has actually stopped blogging for the moment but whose writing I really appreciate

Heidi at http://lightlycrunchy.wordpress.com/

Veronica at http://agujasblog.com/

David at http://dhphotosite.wordpress.com/

Sam and her daughter, Holly at http://childtasticbooks.wordpress.com/

and last, but by no means least, Pam at http://pablam.wordpress.com/

And here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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You can find the thumbnails for these awards at the Blog of the Year Award, address above.

 

 

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Overdue Thank-yous for Awards!

I’ve gained a couple of hours today as I have a nasty throat so couldn’t go to a meeting, didn’t want to give such a horrid Christmas present to anyone! I haven’t a deal of energy either but enough to finally get to the Awards fellow bloggers have been kind enough to find mybeautfulthings worthy of.

Thank you very much to Sofie of http://sofiesdiary.com/ who has nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. That is really lovely of you, Sofie.  For this I have to follow these rules:

The Rules: 

1.  Thank the person who nominated you.The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

2.  List 7 things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them.

Next I have to thank Purple Rosemary at http://purplerosemary.com for an aptly named award for my blog – The Beautiful Blogger Award, given in October. Thank you so much!

Beautiful Blogger Award

The rules are the same as above so now 14 things and 30 other bloggers!

Now the lovely Renee at http://www.positiveboomer.net has nominated me for ‘The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award’ and this I am very proud to be a part of. Thank you Renee. For this I have to follow similar rules but nominate only 7 others!  Now I’m up to 21 facts and 37 other bloggers!

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Coreen of http://pictureperfectmemoriesforlife.wordpress.com/ has been kind enough to nominate me for The One Lovely Blog Award, again, it is a pleasure to accept.   The rules are as the first two – now 28 facts and 52 others! I can see why it’s sensible to do these as they come in!!

one-lovely-blog-award

http://schmoozelfleugen.wordpress.com/ nominated me last September for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you again, schmoozelfleugen and sorry for the delay in passing this one on too.  The rules are the same! Now -35 facts and 67 other bloggers.

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Lastly I have to thank Renee of http://positiveboomer.net/ for my first nomination for Blog of the Year Award and http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/ for the second!    Thank you so much, Renee and DearKitty!

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And here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Thank you again to everyone who has nominated me. Do check out their blogs as well as the ones I shall be nominating below. All the blogs I follow have something special about them. They make me laugh, they make me think, they give advice, I learn so much about other people’s lives and about customs in other countries, friendships across the miles have developed through this world of blogging and I am delighted that I became a Blogger!

There is no order in the list below, they are all well worth visiting and I do know that one or two of them do not in fact accept awards. There is no obligation on any of you to accept.  Nevertheless, I want you all to know how much you are all appreciated.   As for the facts about me, if you are reading my blog you’ll be picking up lots of bits of information!

Meme at http://mixandmatchmeme.wordpress.com/

Noeleen at http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/ 

Lesley at http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

Uru at  http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com

Renee at http://positiveboomer.net/

Don at http://candidpresence.wordpress.com/

Russell at http://russelrayphotos2.com/

http://applepieandnapalm.wordpress.com/

Bernice at http://realisticcookingideas.com/

Lou Ann at http://onthehomefrontandbeyond.wordpress.com/

Patty at http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/

Penny at http://thewhyaboutthis.com/

Nia at http://photographyofnia.com/

Yvonne at http://aweebitrandom.com/

http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/

http://saymberblondi.wordpress.com/

Tazein at http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

Elle at http://daysofourlivesjapan.wordpress.com/

Claire at http://promenadeplantings.com/

Kathleen at http://corningnystepbystep.blogspot.co.uk/

Valerie at http://valeriedavies.com/ who has actually stopped blogging for the moment but whose writing I really appreciate

Heidi at http://lightlycrunchy.wordpress.com/

Veronica at http://agujasblog.com/

David at http://dhphotosite.wordpress.com/

Linda at http://lindawillows.wordpress.com/

Sam and her daughter, Holly at http://childtasticbooks.wordpress.com/

Pam at http://pablam.wordpress.com/

Judy at http://petit4chocolatier.wordpress.com/

and last, but by no means least  http://anelephantcant.me/

I don’t think I’ve ever written such a long post and I’m fast running out of steam so I’m going to do something a little unconventional! Please choose which of the above awards you feel most appropriate for your blog and then copy the relevant badge and the rules!

Happy Christmas to you all!

I include here the thumbnails for the Blog of the Year Stars so that you can have the one that’s right for you. I borrowed them from Renee. Thanks!

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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in awards, Uncategorized

 

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