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Birthday Bouquet, Card and Dandelion

Yesterday was our Dear Friend’s 103rd birthday and today we called round with a garden bouquet to share her birthday cake.

One of T’s other cards was this beautiful hand drawn owl  with the lovely explanation written inside.The very talented writer/artist pens wonderful little stories set in medieval times and publishes them on YouTube. Have a look at this one. It is delightful..

I love dandelion clocks!

 

Eid and Two Novels

Happy Eid to all our family and friends and to everyone celebrating Eid today.

A dear friend lent me a novel by Mary Lawson, The Other Side of the Bridge and I loved it so much I looked for her first, Crow Lake, also set in the wilds of Ontario, and am now halfway through that one. I love the stories of family life, its tensions and its joys  and the descriptions of the world they live it. Her writing is utterly compelling. If you haven’t read any of hers yet, do.I think you might enjoy them too.

 

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St Piran’s Day, Boat and Birthday Pie

Our town, Redruth,  was buzzing today with all sorts of celebrations for St Piran’s Day, St Piran being the patron Saint of Cornwall. It was lovely to see our town so full of happy people and in the most glorious sunshine.

Our eldest daughter is with us for the weekend, partly to get our boat ready for sale this Spring and partly because it is her birthday.

I made an absolutely delicious Spring Chicken Pot Pie for her birthday dinner.The recipe can be found here.

 

Welsh Cakes, St David’s Day and Street Art

It’s St David’s Day and to celebrate my heritage, I made Welsh Cakes as my Mum used to do. I still have the griddle that I inherited, that Mum used to use on the Aga but, sadly,  it cannot be used on an induction hob.

 

Warm Welsh cake with butter and Blackberry and Apple jam

 

This beautiful artwork in Cardiff has been  painted by leading street artist My Dog Sighs (Credit: Lee Smith)

 

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Confit Duck, Lentils and Cheesecake

Because the lovely Mr S will be in hospital on his birthday next week (getting the best ever birthday present of a new knee) we have celebrated his birthday today with a croissant breakfast (family tradition), cards, presents and phone calls from family and a special dinner this evening. We first met Confit Duck with Lentils in a tiny restaurant in Tournon D’Agenais where we had rented a gite. It has become our go-to meal for celebrations.
The confit duck comes in a tin and just needs reheating and today I added a marmalade sauce and served it with Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lentils, a Raymond Blanc recipe that I found in this week’s Radio Times.  Delicious!
Our dessert is our favourite, Lime and Ginger Cheesecake, recipe to be found here.

 

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Stamps, Stones and A Sugar Spoon

Our Royal Mail has published some remarkable stamps to commemorate the Rolling Stones, The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World!  We have bought two sets to send to our favourite people over the next year or two. Today we have posted two birthday cards with Stones’ stamps on them.

I have made more Eccles Cakes so that I could photograph all the processes for my recipe pages. (I’ll make that page soon. The lovely Mr S is going to be away for a few days next week having a new knee fitted so I will be looking for things to to do!) The last instruction is to sprinkle sugar over the tops and I used my Granny’s antique sugar spoon which we have  used on pancake day since I was a little girl.

 
 

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Reflections, Thanksgiving and Pecan Pie

What a beautiful start to my morning as we sang with this view of the Penryn River.

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA and in solidarity with family and friends in America, we cook up a storm of a Thanksgiving dinner using some family recipes.  We’ve cooked a small turkey crown with and cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, using our beans and recipe from the book “Giving Thanks’ bought in Plimouth some years ago, mashed potatoes, kalettes with shallots and bacon, stuffing  and gravy to be followed by Pecan Tart for pud.

Happy Thanksgiving to family in Atlanta, Hawaii, Seattle and Phoenix and friends in Flagstaff, Vermont and Sacramento. Also to all my blogging friends- Happy Days!

Pecan Pie

 

Origo Mundi, Kresen Kernow and A Butterfly

The Ordinalia is being played in St Just at the Plain an Gwarry.
“The Ordinalia Cycle of scripts and stage plans consist of 3 plays written in the late 14th century: The Creation of the World ; The Passion , and The Resurrection. The aim of the original performances was to impress the Christian bible stories on the local population, and so they were performed by local people, with local place names, jokes etc. to have general appeal.
The three plays together cover the whole scope of the bible stories from the beginning of the world to doomsday.
The plays, although similar to the mystery plays of the North of England, are unique to Cornwall and an important part of its heritage. They are the oldest surviving trilogy of theatrical plays in Britain.
St Just’s Plen an Gwari is the oldest working open air theatre space in Britain.
Under the autumn sunsets and the dark skies of West Cornwall, we are creating a true celebration of Cornish cultural life. We have assembled a company of professionals, semi-professionals and talented volunteers who are creating a community led production in an historic setting – supported by a core group of people who were involved with the 2000 – 2004 productions.”

Last night we went to see the first play of the trilogy, Origo Mundi and it was fabulous, so full of life and humour. Enjoy a taste through the photos. If you live locally, there are still tickets available for the last few shows this week.

The apple tree

The fabulous Ark

The burning bush is so bright, God needed sunglasses.

The burning bush is so bright, God needed sunglasses.

The parting of the Red Sea

This morning we went to Kresen Kernow to see the exhibition of the original Ordinalia texts – what a treat!

In the grounds were some Buddleia bushes, alive with butterflies.

 

 

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Wow! 40th Anniversary of Greenham Common

It has been 40 years since the first women marched from Wales to set up the legendary Greenham Women’s Peace Camp  outside RAF Greenham Common to protest at the US military storing nuclear weapons on common land. They arrived on the 5th September 1981.
This event is sadly largely written out of history even though it remains the largest female-led protest since suffrage. Greenham Women Everywhere want to get people talking about the achievements of the protest again and have re-created the march, following the original route as closely as possible, and staying overnight in the areas they stayed.

Two of my friends, Claire, my choir leader, right, and Becca have been marching (and singing) from Cardiff to Greenham Common over the last 10 days and I am in awe of their dedication and their stamina! They have arrived this evening and what follows is a selection of their photographs and their commentary as they walked the 120 miles.

At the end of the first day –
“Peggy Seeger’s song, How I long for Peace, was sung by Frankie Armstrong at tonight’s event! It’s been a hell of a day, soooooo inspiring and fascinating talking to all the women, singing with them and hearing their stories. It feels a complete honour to be here. This morning we heard a speech by Anne Pettit, the woman who came up with the idea of the walk, 40 years ago and persuaded 3 of her friends to help plan it with her.”

They sent us signposts to show us where they were.

“Wow, what a reception in Bristol yesterday!!! Dozens of people waiting for us on Horfield common with banners and walked the final 2 hours with us then we were greeted by a live band and a spontaneous sing and dance occurred! Lots of folk walking with us today, maybe 40? Numbers vary constantly  and we have support vehicle for anyone who needs rescuing xx”

Banners are an integral part of the march as they were on the original event.

“I think we will have walked about 70 miles by the time we reach Melksham this evening. Each town we’re welcomed by a welcome committee then there is an evening event with different speakers.. It’s exhausting and inspiring! Most evenings we don’t eat until 9 or 10. Last night’s speaker was Dr Lynn Jones, she was brilliant!!! Hope all is good with all of you in Cornwall xxx”

“Ah, an early finish today for the first time! Lovely walking along the canal and joined again by inspiring women who shared their stories.

“The welcome party and talks today took place under a tree in a park with the mayor of Devizes.
Then there was a speaker from Afghanistan. It was very moving. Her name is Zarghona Rassa. Originally from Afghanistan. Came to the UK, London 1994 with two children age 7 & 3.
She’s the Founder of the British Afghan Women’s Society who are currently supporting people in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Mordan

“Arrived in Marlborough…..Claire comments on some amazing young women who have now joined the march, so important that youngsters know their history.

And they have arrived, earlier this evening! So proud of them all, so wish I could have been with them but I was taken along in spirit!

What an achievement! Do click on the link above for a fascinating read.

 
 

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Dessert, A Gift and Pie

After a lovely day yesterday, we cooked dinner together –  Duck Confit which is our go-to celebration meal. Our dessert was a glass of Lime Cheesecake mixed with layers of ginger biscuits – delicious!

Very dear friends came for coffee and cake in the garden this morning, N&G and G’s 102 year old Mum, Ti. We had a lovely time chatting in the sunshine. It’s a long time since we were all together and plan on doing it again very soon. They brought us a box of goodies for our Anniversary, full of homegrown and homemade  treats, absolutely delightful.

With the leftover duck from last night, I made Duck and Lentil pie.The first time we ate this amazing pie was in Tournon D’Agenais in the South West of France where we had rented a gite.   That was where we first developed our taste for confit duck, now a very favourite dinner.

Duck and Lentil Pie

 

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