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Sculpture Gardens, A Film and A Photo

We spent a lovely morning in the sculpture gardens at Tremenheere, an afternoon by the sea reading and the evening at the cinema  in Newlyn watching ‘I Know Where the Crawdads Sing, a film which stayed beautifully true to the book. I reviewed the novel here.

Rather large banana plant

The pagoda and shadows

Looking up at the Sky Space

View from the top of the gardens

View while we were reading

55 years ago today, in Truro

 

What a delightful day to celebrate being married for 55 years and knowing each other for 55 years and 10 months.

 

Roses, Red Car and An Exhibition

These roses in a neighbour’s garden smell as good as they look.

As we walked down into town, a bride and groom, just married, drove up in a beautiful, bright red car, all  beribboned and ballooned .

There was a delightful exhibition called Treasures of Redruth in the Market Hall today.

Here are some of the lovely treasures.

 

Mist, Murdoch Day and Music

I woke very early this morning and could just make out the horse in the back field as it was standing in the mist.

It’s Murdoch Day in Redruth when the whole town turns out to celebrate William Murdoch, the talented mine engineer and inventor who lived in Redruth. His house was the first in the UK to be lit by gas lighting in 1792. He also built a steam-powered ‘car’ that he tested on the town roads.

And for your delectation……

 

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

 
 
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