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World Book Day, Buds and Narcissi

I love the idea of World Book Day

I would nominate The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for littl’uns and Stig of the Dump by Clive King for 7-9 year olds.

We have buds on our Cornus. It’s looking better than in previous years so we are hoping there is no bitterly cold spell to come. They are opening rather early……

Cornus Controversa Variegata

These Narcissi are beautiful, in the walled garden just outside the kitchen, and they make me smile.

Narcissi

 

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Thank you Letter, Glass and My Dad

Our kids invariably complained when asked to write Thank you letters but I know they meant something special to my Mum and Dad as I discovered a box full of them when we sorted Dad’s things many years ago.  I know even more now how special they were as on Saturday we received a beautiful Thank you letter from one of our LiveWires. It will go into my ‘things to keep’ box.

On the back it says, “Thank you Granny and Grandgrand xx

For Christmas I received all the equipment I need to make pretty glass things without going to more classes. I have just finished my first piece done at home. It will look better hanging with the light through it but I have yet to source the rings for that purpose.

New glass piece with upcycled earrings

On this day in 1916 my Dad was born. He died in December 2004. It doesn’t matter how long ago you lost someone, there are moments when their loss feels like yesterday. We are so lucky to have all his books on our shelves so he is always with us.

Pueblo story-teller and novels by David Wiseman

 

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Angels, Heirloom and Myths

The Christmas Angels are still flying in our lovely small town of Redruth.

Redruth’s Angels

We’ve been tidying away all the Christmas things today, among them, this beautiful bowl with its matching ladle. We always use it for bread sauce for Christmas dinner. It is the last piece of a dinner service that my Mum and Dad were given as a Wedding present in 1939 so is a very special treasure to me.

Minton bowl and ladle

I have loved myths and legends since I was very young so to be given Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology for Christmas was a real treat. I have so enjoyed reading these tales again and loved this fresh interpretation.

Norse mythology by Neil Gaiman

 

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Embroidery Silks, Pillow Cases and Cato

I needed more embroidery silks for finishing off the pillow cases so went to my favourite shop, Redruth fabrics which is an Aladdin’s Cave of gorgeousness.

Beautiful silks

This afternoon I finished off the pillow cases which each say ‘Goodnight ******’ (Insert name of Grandchild here). As I was doing the embroidery, I was thinking about my Mum who did the same for our four children nearly 40 years ago. Two, at least, of our children still have their much loved pillow cases!

Pillow cases finished and ready to pack

Our children and their children love the picture story book, ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ and visiting next door this afternoon, I was reminded of it when Cato came to sit near me, not on my lap or on the settee but in the box lid.

Cato

Our much loved and much used copy of ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ by Eve Sutton

 

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Books, Clouds and The Nearly Home Trees

We took a couple of books with us for the Grandbabies (who are now 20 months and not babies at all so LiveWires 5 and 6) and then took LiveWire No 1 shopping in Granollers to choose her own good read. She chose a Wimpy Kid book, stories also loved by her English cousin, LiveWire No 2. We also found more books for the little ones in Catalan and English. These are children who, like their big sister, are growing up speaking Wolof, English and Catalan (and later Spanish too!) It is brilliant to hear them understanding all three languages and responding.

Flying home today was almost entirely fog bound but then the clouds broke up for a few moments and we could see the snow-covered mountains.

Over the Pyrenees

If you read my blog regularly you will have seen similar photos before.  All of us who leave Cornwall for whatever length of time and then drive back in, look forward to our first glimpse of the Nearly Home Trees which signals our return to our beloved Cornwall. This was taken at speed!

We love this copse in Devon, just before the border into Cornwall, that signals we are nearly home.

 

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Recycling, Cake and Book No 7

I always enjoy going to Porthtowan’s Eco Park both for the Singing for Your Heart and Soul and for the grounds. Today I found another quirky planter made of old tyres.

Beautiful planter

This afternoon, it being stormy and wet again, I decided to bake and made a Hummingbird Cake. I found it in one of my SIL’s cookery books while we were in Atlanta in September. It sounds delicious, contains bananas and pineapple, vanilla and cinnamon so we will see when it is sandwiched and iced with a cream cheese icing.

Just out of the oven

My last choice for the Book Challenge is Lonesome Dove, a 1985  Western by Texan author Larry McMurtry. It was reading this that made me want to visit Montana but we haven’t made it yet.

I loved a Western!

The story focuses on the relationship between several retired Texas Rangers and their adventures driving a cattle herd from Texas to Montana.  The novel explores themes of old age, death, unrequited love and friendship and is unputdownable! I think it has been made into a film but I don’t like to see films of books I have read as they rarely match up to the film I had in my head when I was reading!

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2018 in baking, books, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Pattern, Biscuits and Book No 6

The goldenness and the swirliness of the creamed butter and sugar pleased me.

Like a sunflower

I made musical biscuits this afternoon.

Lemony notes and guitars, awaiting icing

My penultimate book in the Book Challenge is Le Petit Prince. In the Spring before my A Levels, I spent a month (or was it three weeks?) in Toulouse, France living with a family and bought this copy of The Little Prince while there. Just in case anyone should know her, my pen-friend was called Josianne Fromage. I learned so much with the family about French life as well as improving my spoken French. I first saw The Magic Roundabout on tv while there and attended the Christening of a little relative. Josianne later came to Truro to spend time with my family but afterwards we lost contact.

Le Petit Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Recently I found a beautiful small English edition to which I treated myself. It has a lovely pale blue ribbon to mark one’s place.

The Little Prince

WordPress sent me a message today.

7 Year Anniversary Achievement
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!  I have been blogging for seven years!
 
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Posted by on November 6, 2018 in baking, books, French, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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