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Fiftieth Party, Thali and A Bike

Today is Claire’s birthday and all her pals came together at the Eco park for a thali  and some Irish music, to see her presented with her birthday present and to hear the wonderful speech given by one of her beautiful daughters – just a few photos from a colourful evening full of love.

We had all contributed to Claire’s present, an electric bike, and here she has just been presented with a cardboard cutout and a voucher  so that she can go and choose what she wants.


 

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Holiday, Pond and Growth

We’ve been on holiday! We have just had three nights away in a very lovely converted barn in the most beautiful of places only about six miles away. That’s where we saw the very special sheep, the Blue Texels and did the magical walk. It’s where some weeks ago, going to Ti’s 102nd birthday,  we saw the sign warning of ducks crossing the road and yesterday we met them.

The place we stayed belongs to dear friends and is  where we helped to plant 800 trees just over a year ago and where they have a wonderful pond that is teeming with wildlife. The Lily pads and the clouds reflection in the water were looking lovely and G discovered an empty dragonfly case that was truly beautiful.

Coming home, we were amazed by the amount of growth that had happened in just three days both in the garden – Lily of the Valley in full flower – and in the poly tunnel at the allotment where the leeks are suddenly several centimetres tall. I love the way they come up bent in half and then suddenly straighten up and double in size.

 

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Join Us On Today’s Magical Walk

A circular walk  took us along  Cornish lanes and board walks, past sheep and bluebells, through buttercup fields and ancient woodland.  There were no sounds but bird song and sheep baaing and our feet stomping along. We missed all the showers too.  How very lucky we are.  Click on any photo for caption and a larger view.

 

Bluebells, Cake and Signs

The bluebells at Godolphin are superb and my photo doesn’t really do them justice. Everywhere you look there are carpets of blue.

We were there to meet with friends for a celebration of our Dear Friend, Ti’s, 102nd birthday!  Godolphin is where she generally celebrates her birthday. When she was 99 she walked to the top of the hill, her 100th was on the beach at Gylly Beach, the next year, after a broken hip, she went half way up Godolphin Hill and this year we picnicked in the lower field. Here is the cake and some of her cards.

On our drive there I noticed two charming signs, ones only to be found, I think, in country lanes. On the way back I managed the photos from the moving car.

PS Had a message from WordPress today to day that my blog has had 50,000 views!

 

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Beans, Pattern and Veggie Supper

The Purple Tepee Beans in the allotment poly tunnel have sprouted. Hooray!

The sun shining through the engraved glass on the front door  this evening threw this pattern on the wall.

We had nothing much more than carrots in the fridge so I looked up carrots on BBC Good Food and found Carrot Biryani so that’s what I made and it was truly delicious.

 

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Clematis times Three

It’s past mid October and we have Clematis in flower, most surprisingly a Nelly Moser looking wonderful.

Nelly Moser

Clematis Huldine should be in flower now and is quite prolific!

The third one is just beginning to flower and is in the new wall border. It’s Clematis Florida Sieboldii.

 

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Emily’s Cake, Hay-Making and Pies

Regular readers will know that I love to use edible flowers in salads, desserts and cakes. This morning a blogger friend, Arkenaten,  posted one of the prettiest cakes I have ever seen, made by his daughter, Emily and with their permission, I show it to you here. What a beautiful creation with a rich abundance of colour and shapes! I’m not sure I would be able to cut into it – it’s a piece of art!

Wow! Emily’s edible-flower-cake

We’ve been listening to the local farmer harvesting over the last couple of days and loving the smell of the freshly mown hay. By the end of today, it is all in bales and the sheep are already enjoying it!

For our picnic tomorrow evening at The Minack Theatre prior to the performance, I have made some Rustic Mini pies, chicken and leek. Most of them will be frozen away for later!

Chicken and Leek Mini Pies

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2020 in art, baking, Beauty, environment, nature, Postaday2020

 

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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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Mist, Web and New Fabric

While the rest of the UK is apparently sitting under a heat wave, we are sitting under mist and murk but I do love this early morning effect on the garden and the fields and trees behind which have disappeared.

The mist droplets were everywhere on spiders’ webs and very pretty.

The fabric I chose at the weekend was ready for click and collect so I collected it this morning, washed it straightaway (so it doesn’t shrink later) and this afternoon I have almost made myself a new one with the butterfly fabric.  The green is for Christmas masks as I reckon we’ll be wearing them for a long time yet. The other one is just because I love the colours.

P.S. I am still waiting for my Lost Stock box to arrive but today when walking into town, across the road,  I saw a lovely stranger wearing the white Dorothy top (people have been posting photos of their items and I recognised it) and she looked so pretty in it, I had to go across and have a chat. She is delighted with all four tops in her box! Looking forward to mine arriving – hope it’s soon.

Lost Stock is explained here, in The Guardian

 

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Clematis, Day Lily and Lily Pots

We love our purple Clematis – this one is in my Suffragette garden but flowers more next door than for us!

I love the colour combination of this Day Lily with the Agapanthus.

Lovely colour combination

Our Lily pots are at their best.

Lilies and more Lilies

 

 

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