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Sage, Tie Dye and Sunset

At Community Roots today we prepared Willow whips for planting and then I worked with P and G to take cuttings from the rather tired sage plant while the lovely Mr S worked on other jobs.

In November we put elastic bands on the veg bags so that they could be tie dyed. Today we undid them and this is the one I worked on.

We caught the sunset, the new moon and Venus in one shot this evening.

 

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Planting, Pizzas and Angel Wings

Fabulous day today as the volunteers at Community Roots planted trees and shrubs as windbreaks to protect the site from salty winds and later shared a delicious pizza lunch. Do click through the photos to see the captions. Some of the photos were taken by other volunteers and are here with permission.

Later in the afternoon, I cut wings for ten more Angels for Ukraine, tomorrow  I  will file all the rough edges and foil later in the week.

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Fungus, Lunch and Harvest

Loved this very delicate fungus growing at Community Roots on Volunteer Tuesday. I have tried to identify it but had no luck. https://www.wildfooduk.com/mushroom-guide/.

Lunch was a delicious spread of salads all picked from the gardens.

The squash harvest is wonderful! This is just half of it.

 

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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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Tulip, Leaf and Sewing

I’ve had a very quiet day today, buoyed up by the love of friends and family. Here is a tulip, photo taken late afternoon and glowing.

The Corkscrew Hazel we planted to mark our friend’s 100th birthday almost a year ago is coming into leaf.

I was featured on the Cornwall Scrubs page!
“One of our volunteers explained why she was sewing for Cornwall Scrubs. Sally gave a clear reminder as to the sacrifice the NHS staff are making for us.
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“I have a young friend who is a Nurse. She and her husband, also a Nurse, have taken the huge decision to take their two boys to live with their grandparents so that they don’t bring an infection home”⁠ ⁠
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So while I know we will miss our families and friends over Easter please remember that “we will be together again.”

 

 

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Sunflower, Weeds and A Romanesco

I was singing with friends this morning and as we left J pointed out the serendipitous Sunflower that has been planted by the birds next to a tree that has died.

Sunflower among the dead branches adding life and colour

It’ll be Redruth’s Monthly Market Day tomorrow so I went along to do my bit in weeding the courtyard. There were lots of laughs to be had as we cleared away the weeds from the cobbles. I took a Before photo of a small patch but was so exhausted by the end of the hour that I forgot to take the after photo!

Before weeding

Volunteers clearing up the market

On the way home, I bought a Romanesco to have with our Moussaka tonight.

Chartreuse coloured vegetable

 

 

Cornwall Rising – A Million Stories of Sanctuary

What an incredibly moving, informative and inspiring day we have had, hearing from ‘ordinary’ Cornish people who are doing extraordinary work both here and abroad to ease the plight of those who have had to leave their homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and other places where life is unimaginably hard.

Our own St Piran was a refugee made welcome here and we, those who live in this beautiful county, want to help and are helping in Lesvos, in Calais and in Cornwall, each in her own way and all volunteers.  Here follows a gallery of the day, photos taken from the back of the hall of the projection on the wall.

 
 

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Catching Up On Three Days

5th June

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

6th June   I baked a cake to sell at a Ceilidh that was held last night to raise funds for a volunteering trip to Uganda.

Victoria Sponge to sell at the ceilidh

Victoria Sponge to sell at the ceilidh

Beautiful hedgerow flowers for the tables

Beautiful hedgerow flowers for the tables

Today – the sun is shining and this Iris has bloomed.

Iris

Iris

 

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Special Message, Decorations and Thomas Merritt

1   Sorting the bookshelves today, this precious piece of paper fell out. It is a beautiful note given to us as we left the village of Mapoch where we had been volunteering in 2007.

Message from Thabang

Message from Thabang

2   We used to keep in touch with the village through Voluntours, getting beaded decorations to sell each Christmas to help raise funds for the village. Very sadly, we have lost both Marnie of Voluntours and Pastor Peter to cancer in the last 15 months. They were each instrumental in making our time there a success and both must be sorely missed by the village. Now we have no contact, these are my last three decorations for sale.

Beaded decorations made by the Gogos of the village

Beaded decorations made by the Gogos of the village

3   At singing tonight, we learned a new Thomas Merritt carol, in one session! It is a wonderful one with the various parts coming in at intervals and sounding like peals of bells. I’ll try to get a recording of it to add here.

 

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Carrots, Furniss Island and A New Wool Shop

1   Bright orange carrots with their frothy, green foliage always look so lovely on the Greengrocer’s stall.

Freshly picked carrots

Freshly picked carrots

2   On this beautifully warm Autumn day, we took our lunch to a little park we are fond of in Truro. We hadn’t been for some time and were delighted to discover a real treat. The Friends of Furniss Island had been busy planting a vegetable patch for the use of anyone who would like to harvest a few beans or courgettes or herbs or, as in our case, some baby tomatoes which we ate straight from the vine with our sandwiches! What a beautiful and generous idea.

3   Another discovery today was a new wool shop! Oh, joy! Just look at this delightful sign all knitted up and such a range of wonderful wools to choose from. I have several projects underway at the moment but will be back!

Truro wool shop sign - who could resist?

Truro Wool shop sign – who could resist?

Inside the wool shop

Inside the wool shop

 

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