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New Border, Village Clock and A Treat

The wall garden is nearly planted – Conifers, Clematis, heathers and 100+ bulbs hiding under the  soil!  Just the Winter Flowering Pansies to add for winter colour.

So much stuff to take to the dump! I took this photo on our way back through the village of St Day.

We decided to treat ourselves after working so hard for the last few days so I booked us a table at The Penventon Hotel, just a ten minute walk away.  What a delightful evening we had with extra treats of dessert!

 

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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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Moon, Onions and A Gathering

Last night’s Full Moon was beautiful, quite low in the sky and glowing. This month’s moon has various names, all to do with the harvesting that happens in August – Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon and Barley Moon.

Our friends with the newly planted woods also grow veg and on a visit there this afternoon, I couldn’t resist a photo of these amazing Red Onions.

A  lovely group of our singers met in the stone circle near the newly planted woods this afternoon. We couldn’t sing but it was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, people we have all been missing over the last 5 months. J often dog sits for Kaja and is much loved as can be seen here as J is stroking Kaja and the delightful little Graham, a visiting dog.

 

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Sweet Peas, Colour Contrast and A Birthday Video

Our Sweet Peas in one pot are glorious. The other pot is finished. 🙁

Sweet Peas

Serendipity again as the bright orange Montbretia/ Crocosmia has popped up with the purple Tom Thumb Pittosporum hedge.

Montbretia against the dark Tom Thumb Pittosporum

A  couple of months ago , I was asked to take part in a Birthday video for an ex pupil of mine. The idea was to screw up some paper with a Happy Birthday message on it. Have it thrown to you from the left, unscrew it, show the message to the camera and throw it off to the right. It made for a very special and individual birthday present.
It occurred to me that it would be a lovely thing to do for our dear choir leader, Claire, with whom we have been unable to sing in person for 5 months because of the Covid situation. Fortunately we have in one of our choirs a brilliantly talented individual who agreed to put together the 60+ videos valiantly made by our community of choir members! Thanks so much, Kenn! What a success it has been! Here it is for your delectation. The setting is the Penryn River, our view from the rehearsal room and the music is sung by the choirs.

 

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A Birthday, St Piran’s Parade and Chapel Porth

Daughter No 1 is with us for her birthday which is lovely. We have had a splendid day enjoying first the Redruth St Piran’s parade,

The poster

A very busy Fore Street and the Town Clock

Photo by M

then a trip to Chapel Porth for a walk up to Wheal Coates and lunch at the Beach Cafe (their Croque Monsieurs are truly scrumptious!) The wind was so wild with gusts of 30-40mph that I abandoned the cliff top walk and left the other two to it! They did return! One of her siblings and family had rung to sing Happy Birthday just as they reached Wheal Coates.

They did come back over the hill

Then we  called in at Kresen Kernow to show M the wonderful new/old building

A Cornish chough engraved on the doors of Kresen Kernow

and have just finished our Birthday dinner of Confit Duck with Blackberry sauce followed by Chocolate Torte. Another sibling and family rang while we were cooking dinner. Happiness all round!

 

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Contrast, Bee and An Anniversary

The contrast between the red holly berries and the white and green of the Periwinkle drew my eye on our walk today.

I was very surprised to see a bee on flowers as we came up the hill.

We moved into this house twelve years ago today so we are having a special meal and we have Daffodils on the table. It had taken us 40 years to finally get back home!
When we arrived twelve years ago and had a Chinese takeaway sitting on the dining room floor (the furniture was due to arrive the next morning) our lovely new neighbour popped in with a bunch of Cornish Daffodils in a jam jar and promptly joined us on the floor! That was the beginning of a very lovely friendship and we feel so very lucky to have moved in next door.

 

Today and 2020

I am having the loveliest birthday! We started with the family tradition of croissants for  breakfast, spent the day in Penzance just wandering the streets and had lunch out. We then spent a happy hour choosing paint for our soon-to-be-transformed hall, stairs and landing.
This evening we have had a fabulous dinner of Confit Duck with Miso glazed green beans and creamy mash followed by Alice’s Caramel and Chocolate Orange Tart, just scrumptious – all interspersed with lovely calls and messages and cards and presents and video calls so that I feel very loved and very happy!

On this, the night before the New Year, I wish all my Dear Readers the very best for the coming year and beyond. I echo the words of Neil Gaiman.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2019 in Celebration, Food, Postaday 2019

 

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Dawn, Shop Window and Redruth Drapery

Dawn saw the horizon on fire this morning.

Here is part of the Christmas window display at Fannie and Fox in Penryn, all  Advent  windows.

There has been a wonderful fund raising auction at The Redruth Drapery this evening and well over £3000 was raised for Bill’s Attic to be moved to Krowji.

 

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Market, Parade and Happiness

The Christmas Market went well despite the appalling weather.

Part of my stall

It was the Lights Switch-on Parade tonight and my choirs were singing in the pouring rain but with smiles on our faces! The Parade went by in a misty blur.

It will be December tomorrow. Here is Action for Happiness’s advice for the month.

For my cat-loving friends…..  enjoy this.

 

 

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Bonfire Night

My Mum was born on Bonfire Night one hundred and five years ago and, as a child, thought that everyone was celebrating her birthday with enormous fires and fireworks lighting up the sky.  Memories of my Mum came to the fore a couple of weeks ago when a poet friend sent along this poem which touched me deeply and I was given permission to use it today in honour of my much missed Mum.

 

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