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Cards, New Plot and Steps

We’ve had a really good laugh at Roots today, titivating the beetroot prints done last week.What an array of delightful ideas for making the prints more festive! Thanks to N for the photos of the cards. Click on any photo for an enlarged view..

While we were being creative in the warmth of the poly tunnel, the lovely Mr S and others were busy outside, preparing a new plot and digging out some steps.

New planting plot

Logan’s steps

 

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Beads, Singing and A Sculptor

A dear friend has given me some ‘jewels’ for my glass work. It’s always an inspiration when new beads come in and I begin to plan how I might use them. Look out for them in future pieces.

Thank you N

We sang our first Christmas carols today at the Open Studios event at Krowji. It was brilliant – we and our audiences loved it. One of them videoed some of the Ukrainian carol, Carol of the Bells. Here is a link to see and hear the extract. https://www.facebook.com/reel/667726934976259.

Thanks to Sandra for the photo

In the breaks between sets, we can wander around the many studios and I was privileged to meet a sculptor , David Westby, whose work intrigued me – lots of cockerels, and some paintings. We got chatting and he explained the stories behind some of his work. When I asked if I could take a picture for mybeautfulthings blog, he picked up a hat and posed for me all the while telling me the story behind the hat and that it is dedicated to St Lucia,Saint of Light and Sight, hence the candles and spectacles on his hat. You can read more about her here.

David Westby

“THERE IS ALSO SWEETNESS IN THE NEW” (Remembering the Surrealist Society of Iran ). January 2022. Aluminium over wood construction, galvanised steel plinth. 1.75 meters high.

Read more about David Westby and his work here.

 

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Special Cakes

The recipe for these very special Chocolate Ginger Spice Cakes was in the Observer magazine yesterday and I made them today’s project. They are delicious. Thank you Nigel Slater for this scrumptious recipe.

 

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Santa Swimmers, Cyclists and Cats

We were not put off our Christmas walk on the beach on Christmas Day despite the heavy showers. neither were the hundred or more who turned out for their Christmas swim, many in their Santa hats!

Sadly, M’s beautiful cats were very unhappy away from home so last night she took them home and came back alone in time for Christmas breakfast. Here they are in the only photos I managed to get.

Lisbeth, the smaller of the two, just been coaxed out of hiding.

Gizmo, hiding behind the screen

 

 

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Happy Christmas, Special Visit and More Mince Pies

Nadelik Lowen is Happy Christmas in the Cornish language. Here are greetings for my dear Readers  all over the world.

Daughter No 1 tested negative this morning and so has arrived today with her wonderful Maine Coon cats. So far they are very nervous but I will hope to get you a photo in the next couple of days. They are very beautiful.

More baking today!

 

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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.

 

Swimming, A Meeting and Goodbyes

It is very quiet in our house this evening as the family left mid-afternoon to meet up with Daughter No 1 on their way back to London. What a lovely time we have all had!
Today we went to Portreath as Daughter No 2  loves her cold swimming and wanted to swim one last time before they left.  While she was in the water, I chatted to a lovely woman about our families, our missing of various relatives and our love of Cornwall. She thanked me for stopping to chat but it was as much my pleasure. I’m wishing now that we had swapped numbers as she lives nearby in Illogan. We did hope we might meet up again sometime walking on the beach.


 

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Christmas Birthday and Solstice

Last full day with the family – Daughter No 2 was born on Christmas Day and she won’t be with us then so we did the Happy Birthday celebration this evening after a lovely family day of games, walks  and chocolate!

From tonight the days start getting longer by a few moments……Hooray!

Solstice

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2021 in Christmas, Postaday2021, Uncategorized

 

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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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Cake Tin, Cake and Mincepies

I bought a new Christmas cake tin last Christmas and didn’t get to use it. Today I have made a Heligan Pineapple Cake in the tin and decorated it in a bright jolly fashion. You can find the recipe for this delicious squishy fruit cake here. .

Then I made mince pies. The angels look more like displaced ghosts but they taste good (home-made mincemeat and very short pastry.)

All this today, because, hopefully, given the Covid situation, the London family will arrive tomorrow  for a few days prior to Christmas. We are making tomorrow our Christmas Day dinner and present exchange day. I may not have time to post. Keep your fingers crossed, Dear Reader, that their PCR tests will all be negative and that they will be able to come…………

 

For all those very dear readers who were touched by my post yesterday, I have found another rendition of Joe Hill. Do listen. It gave me the shivers. Much love….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0bezsMVU7c

 
 
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