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Live Wire No 3 loves beautiful things as I do. She, too, is a

Today the family went to the Eden Project for a fabulous day out. LiveWire No  3 took some photos for me and is here my guest blogger. These pictures were taken in the Rainforest Biome.

Thank you very much T.

 

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Arrival, Irises and Peace

Our London LiveWires have arrived this afternoon to be joined by their cousins, Aunts and Uncles on Wednesday for  four days of family fun.

We all walked down to the allotment to check on any watering that was needed and found the irises that I showed you a couple of days ago in bud, fully open and lovely.

Born on this day in New Jersey in 1898, Paul Robeson was a singer, actor and activist who used his platform to speak up for justice.
Over the years, he lent his support for a variety of movements: from the Republican cause in Civil War Spain to the American Civil Rights Movement. I grew up listening to his singing and have written about him here before.This quotation seems very apt for the moment.

 

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On This Day, Worm Moon and Kindergarteners

Four years ago on this day we had snow – yes, snow in Cornwall, enough to build a Suffragette Snow Woman to keep Welly Dog company for a few hours. Today the garden is full of Spring flowers and Welly Dog has moved to the slate patio.

It was a full moon last night but we missed it. Kris Meadon didn’t and took this amazing photo which he is very kindly letting me share with you all.

Worm moon rising above St Michael’s Mount. Photo by Kris Meaden

My dear Sister-in-law sent me a link to the most delightful site where those in need of a lift can ring up kindergarten children to get advice! The hotline, called PepToc, was created by students at West Side School  in Sonoma County, and was the idea of art teacher Jessica Martin. Read all about it and if you are in USA, perhaps try it and let me know how it goes. 

 

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Owls, Earrings and More Earrings

We’ve taken down our Christmas tree today and packed everything away for another year. This fragile little owl bauble was my Mum’s and is now very carefully wrapped in tissue and boxed.

When LiveWire No 3 was here before Christmas with her family, she went shopping with her Mum in the lovely little independent shops that we have in Redruth. T chose these earrings for my birthday and I love them. Thank you so much, T..

A friend of many years, and a colleague for many of those, enclosed the following pieces with her Christmas card in the hope that they would be useful for my glass work. They certainly will. I can see the long ones and the sparkly ones enhancing angels already. I shall unpack my workroom again in the next week or so. I’m thinking I shall have to experiment with making owls. There are some perfect beads here for eyes…….

A Ming smile plate with pieces of jewellery. Thank you very much J.

 

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LiveWire No 3, our Granddaughter of 10 years old who was with us recently, took lots of photos at the Heligan Night Garden and has sent them to me. If you live locally, do try to get there!  Thank you, T, these are a beautiful reminder of our lovely evening all together.

 

Together

After a late breakfast, a quiet catch-up morning, and  a cold swim for Daughter No 2 in Portreath, we went off to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for their Night Garden Extravaganza, came home to a  vegetarian chilli feast and lastly watched Elf (a film I had never seen) together! Here are just a few of the treasures in the night garden where we also enjoyed hot chestnuts, hot chocolates, mulled wine and toasted marshmallows!  A fine time has been had by all. It is so good to be doing things all together..

 

 

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Teddy Bears, Bookshop and St Michael’s Mount

We heard yesterday of a family of Syrian refugees who have been homed in a town nearby. They have four small children and escaped Syria with nothing. We had a bag of soft toys that our LiveWires have grown out of so we found out where to take the bears and they will make their way to the family in time for Christmas.

Looking a bit sad and needing a new home

While we we were in Penzance we visited our favourite bookshop, of course.

There is an excellent view of St Michael’s Mount as you leave the town, better on a sunny day but always impressive.

St Michael’s Mount

 

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Cloth Kitty, Cookies and First Crop

I first made Cloth Kitty about 40 years ago and am now revamping her for the younger LiveWires. This is her in one of the outfits I made then and today I made her a lovely dressing gown. I’ll show you the new outfits as I get them done. They are very fiddly. I need to mend a little hole in her head too. I’m told LiveWire no 5’s favourite colour is red so I plan on embroidering a little red bow.

I had a sudden fancy for some Choc Chip Cookies this afternoon – they don’t take long to make. I added some chopped up crystallised ginger which made them super delicious!

There were just enough Purple Mange Tout at the allotment for us to harvest this evening and a baby courgette all of which I added to our mixed veggies risotto for supper – healthy and delicious!

 

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Truro Cathedral and the G7 Concert

That was the most uplifting and beautiful concert by the Truro Cathedral Choir featuring gems from all seven of the G7 nations and sung in six languages. I gave you the song, Gee 7, written by Sir Tim Rice a few days ago. Here is the link if you’d like to listen. It’s really lovely .

Truro Cathedral

Before the concert

After the concert, Sir Tim Rice chatting to participants

 

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Raindrops, Love and LiveWires

Showers and some sunshine today but no rainbows that I could find. However, raindrops on flowers are always so photogenic.

Anemone Blanda

Anemone Blanda

Tete a Tete narcissi

I read this today and found it such a perfect description of the love I have for all my grandchildren, our lovely LiveWires, one of whom joined me on a Zoom Sing for your Heart session  this morning which was a really special  treat.
I love this child of my child
Bone of my bone
Breath of my breath
I have always found it magical that while pregnant with my girls, they had in them the eggs that could become our grandchildren.
 

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