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Bullfinches, Leaves and A Page Turner

We are enjoying the birds at the feeders. They don’t seem to be put off by the constant mizzle and wind. I took this photo on a long zoom from inside the kitchen.

Two male Bullfinches

I lent some books to a singing friend the other days and had to remove some lovely dried leaves from one of the. I’m not sure where I collected them!

Leaves

I have just finished reading ‘Truly, Madly,Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty and my goodness, it was a page turner. I was even glad of the rotten weather so that I could sit and turn pages! Another one for you, J, as soon as you want it.

A cracking good read

The next part of Suffragette Diary has been posted.

https://suffragettediary.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/wednesday-14th-july-contd/

 

 
 

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Helen Dunmore, Aquilegia and Reflection

I have finished Helen Dunmore’s last novel, Birdcage Walk, today and it was as gripping as suggested, a thriller that can’t be put down, especially the last third. I love her poetry too.What a loss to the literary world.

Birdcage Walk

The buds of the creamy white Aquilegia in the bunch that I was given last week have now opened and are very lovely.

White Aquilegia

From my seat across the kitchen, I noticed the lovely reflection of the satsumas in the work top.

Satsumas and their reflection

It pleases me that sometimes there is a serendipitous linking between my photos  –  today the warmth of the golden colours.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Beauty, books, nature, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Long Tail Tits, Pear Shaped and Paddington Bear

My favourite birds turned up at the bird feeder this morning, about a dozen of them at the fat balls that I renewed yesterday. By the time I took my photo the skittish little creatures were away! They were truly there until I clicked the camera!

The Long Tails have just left the picture

After a fabulous sing this morning, plans went pear-shaped and the less said the better but I now have glasses that I can see through though I was too late for my lift to the singing tonight.

As compensation, we went to see a delightful film, Paddington 2 and a couple of screen shots follow. This beautiful Bear who loves Marmalade sandwiches stole my heart!

 

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Story Time, Greetings and Thanks

It’s been another quiet, stay-at-home, curl-up-with-a-good-book sort of a day today too as  Storm Brian blows a hoolie outside. Today, however, we have had the best treat, two hours of having a story read to us! Not just any old story either but the first of Philip Pullman’s brilliant new trilogy, The Book of Dust,  read by Simon Russell Beale on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon – two and a half hours of entrancement.

Philip Pullman’s new novel

I promised you more of the Onondaga Nation’s Greetings and Thanks to the Natural World. Here are the next two panels.

and from the four directions…..

and now the sun

Tomorrow, the Moon….

Just found this photo which demonstrates the hoolie very well! Thanks to Adam Sprague for this amazing photograph.

 

 
 

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Project and Happy World Book Day

I have spent the whole day on our project, walking the graveyard first with the writers to time the stories and the journey and this afternoon, walking with the choir leaders deciding where to have music and what music to use.  It is all coming together and is very exciting!

It’s World Book day and all the following appealed to me, especially  the walk-in library one!

Reading at night

Reading Oscar Wilde

No such thing as a kid who hates reading

Walk-in library

 

 

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Rumi, A Library and Blogging

One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring,

One smile can begin a friendship,

One hand can lift a soul,
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal,
One sunbeam can light a room,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care,
One voice can wake up everybody,

One life can make the difference.

Be that one.

What beautiful words and sentiments from Rumi.

How is this for a library? It is in Kansas City, Missouri. Thank you, Rachel, for showing me this.

I have been blogging for FIVE years! Most days I have found three beautiful things, things that have made me smile and warmed my soul. There have been 1975 posts making about 5900 beautiful things and there are 1500 people who are following and, I hope, enjoying all the beauty in our lives. Thanks to all my lovely readers. 🙂 

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2016 in America, architecture, Beauty, books

 

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Mural, Poppy and Rose

As we were leaving Falmouth last night after our friend Sue’s Book Launch of her ‘Walks in the Footsteps of Winston Graham’s Poldark’, I tried to take a photo of a mural and loved the somewhat surreal result.

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We are looking forward to doing these walks around Cornwall.

Sue's book

We love our frilly poppies.

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There is a single rose today, long after the first flush. They smell gorgeous too.DSCN3761

 
 

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