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Nurses’ Day, Sewing and My Mum

It’s International Nurses’ Day so let’s hear it for Nurses all over the world who do such a remarkable job day after day in ordinary times as well as in extraordinary times. 

Last night I sewed the buttons onto my last four scrub caps which will be collected by Cornwall Scrubs for distribution soon. A friend posted two caps for me the other day and yesterday  I received a message of thanks from a Nurse on ICU in Doncaster whose Mum has been a very dear friend of mine for many, many years.

Yesterday I posted a photograph of my lovely Mum and one of my cousins who lives in Australia wrote a comment about how alike our Mum and her Dad were at similar ages. I think they looked alike from being very young as the following old photo, taken in about 1920, shows.

 

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A Birthday, A Bluebell and Finishing Touches

This time last year we were celebrating a 100th birthday on the beach. This year has been a quieter affair for Ti as we are all held at home and the weather has been very wet. We sent along some highly scented flowers and were happy to know that they were very well received by our Dear and precious friend.

 

There has been a downpour all night and most of the day. Catching raindrops in photos is one of my favourite things.

English Bluebell

Raindrops with Carn Brea in the distance

I have put the finishing touches to the scrub caps and they have been collected today. A lovely neighbour brought some Weleda hand cream sachets to go in with the caps this morning and last night I sewed in the ‘Homemade with love’ labels.

 

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Three Trunk Tree, Hedgerow Flowers and Scrub Caps

We love this moss covered tree with its three trunks as we go up the lane to the Flat Lode Trail.

Cornish hedgerows are so lovely in Springtime.

I’ve sewn 24 buttons onto the scrub caps (for the wearers to attach  their masks and so avoid the soreness that elastic can cause behind the ears) and they are now ready for collection.

 

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Another Lane, Bird Song and Sewing

We walked early today and it was absolutely delightful, flower filled lanes and  sunshine and almost silent except for the beautiful bird song. 

For a couple of hours this afternoon I sat in the sunshine, pinning and tacking the next six scrub caps. Machine sewing tomorrow and they’ll be almost ready for collection.

 

Rain, Sewing and A Lane

It rained in the night and the garden seems delighted! I spent most of the rainy day sewing and completed my first six scrub caps. Our walk was short, just along the lane where we foraged more Wild garlic and dodged a shower.

 

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Wise Words, Special Fabric and Cake

I read this yesterday and it seemed so perfect to me in these strange and unsettling times.

“My grandmother once gave me a tip:
In difficult times, you move forward in small steps.
Do what you have to do, but little by little.
Don’t think about the future, or what may happen tomorrow.
Wash the dishes.
Remove the dust.
Write a letter.
Make a soup.
You see?
You are advancing step by step.
Take a step and stop.
Rest a little.
Praise yourself.
Take another step.
Then another.
You won’t notice, but your steps will grow more and more.
And the time will come when you can think about the future without crying.” ~          Elena Mikhalkova

Cornwall Scrubs delivered some new Seasalt fabric for me yesterday. Seasalt, a Cornish company,  have been amazing in donating metres of beautiful fabric for making bags and scrub caps. Today it has been washed and is drying on the Victorian pulley rack that I inherited from my Mum and tomorrow I can start my next pieces. Our Chocolate Crunch treat is helping us through the days. This is the third trayful I have made since we started self-isolating 8 weeks ago……….

 

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Sewing, Sheep and Clematis

My next project is sewing scrub caps. I’m trying to do the same process on each cap in turn to save time. Here they a have all been pinned and two have been tacked. I’m hoping to get them sewn tomorrow. The weather’s been so good that I’m gardening much of the day too, today planting the Sugar Snap Peas and potting up the Kalettes (Flower Sprouts)  that I have brought on from seed and prepping the box for them with shovel loads of compost.

The lambs spend much of their day being really sedate, just munching away at the grass near to their mothers and then suddenly, they all gather and race around the field, jumping and scrambling and leaving their mothers munching and murdling at their youngsters.  It seems the lambs have reached their teenage ‘years.’ I have not managed to video them yet as their moments of madness are sudden and brief. Here is a peaceful video for you, full of birdsong.

Another Clematis has come into flower, Huldine, very pretty with its touch of green in the white and its purple centre.

 

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A Lane, A Lettuce and Camassia

The phone rang this morning and it was our local nursery to say that our baby veg plants were ready to be collected so we went out! It was actually quite exciting to go out in the car for a ten minute ride each way, constantly on the alert to be stopped by the police who are doing a great job of encouraging people to stay at home. We were ready with our explanation for our journey – collecting food. We hoped they would understand that it would be all food in a few weeks/months and that would be that. We weren’t stopped!
Here then are one of the lanes we travelled along, one of the lettuces that I planted this afternoon and one of my favourites, Camassia flowers.

Ten of my scrub bags were collected this afternoon. I have saved one for the young woman that I used to teach who is a Nurse in Yorkshire. She and her husband, both nurses, have taken the huge decision to send their two boys to live with their Grandparents for the duration as S and her husband are so frightened of taking the virus home. I can’t find words to describe how that makes me feel.   People use the word heroic to describe our frontline carers – that’s a truly heroic thing to do and my heart goes out to them all.

 

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Isolation, Walk and Sewing

The poet, Kim Ridgeon has written very movingly about isolation. Like me, he worries about those whose views, in isolation,  are just bricks and graffiti, who have nowhere beautiful to walk and he expresses that so clearly. He feels he wants to do something, as we all do, and here he is, doing something – writing poems that touch our hearts and set us thinking. I thank Kim for the permission to share his poem with you here.

Our walk today took us across the railway line and along some lovely lanes with the gift of open skies.  We are so very lucky.

I feel the same need to ‘do something’ and though I write for myself, my gift right now is being able to sew. I have made eleven scrub bags which will be collected tomorrow and sent to wherever they are needed. Although I am a political animal, I rarely show that here but I have very mixed feelings about being an amateur sewist doing my bit along with everyone else in the national movement to sew scrubs, caps and bags when our government has let the side down so very badly. NHS and other care workers are dying for lack of PPE. Clapping on Thursdays is good but proper funding over the last ten years would have been much better.

11 scrub bags

Thank you ribbons

 

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Lovers’ Lane, Wild Garlic and Raindrops

Just a short walk today as the weather is very murky and I have spent the day sewing for Cornwall Scrubs.  We went down the road, through the park, along Church Lane and then Lovers’ lane where we foraged for Wild Garlic Leaves which I stir-fried to go with our Jerk seasoned Basa. On the fence between us and Sue-next-door is a beautiful Akebia Quinata, now flowering. 

These flowers are tiny, maybe 1cm across.

 

 

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