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Lights Tree, Cyclamen and An Angel

The lovely Mr S put up our lights tree in the back garden. What a delight when darkness had fallen!

The tree of lights

I have put two Cyclamen we were given in among the various house plants and added the glass lights tree-cone which illuminates it all beautifully. Thanks A and P.

Forest of leaves and lights

We were also given a pretty little angel to add to my collection. It is simple and very lovely and I will add it to the tree when we get it up later this week.

Porcelain Angel – thanks A

To all those kind people who have been wishing me well, I am on the mend and I thank you all for your love and concern.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2018 in Christmas, nature, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Leaves, Singing and Nativity Scene

The Cotoneaster’s leaves are as red as its berries.

Red leaves

This afternoon The Suitcase Singers sang on the top deck of an open-topped bus to entertain the shoppers in Falmouth. The lower deck was a Santa’s Grotto!

Suitcase Singers entertaining Falmouth shoppers on a damp Saturday afternoon. Thanks to M for taking the photo.

I love this knitted Nativity scene found in the window of Book Mark, Falmouth’s second hand bookshop. Note the selfie stick held by Joseph, reminiscent of all the selfies we saw being taken in the Sagrada Familia earlier in the week.

Nativity scene in the window of Bookmark

 

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Christmas Leftovers

A quiet day today, making Christmas Leftovers Soup, reading and resting. This year we had our locally grown, organic turkey boned and rolled and I asked the butcher for the bones and giblets from our bird and any others that he could spare. I was given the bits from three turkeys! I have made the most amazing stock from all these which has formed the base of our CL Soup, the best soup of the year! I have made several pints for later and also made four pots of delicious Turkey Liver Pate, one of which we had for lunch yesterday and the others are in the freezer along with the soup.

Candlelit dining

We have filled the dining room with candles for our festive dinners.

 

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Seaweed, Stuffing and Carols

The seaweed along the rope and its reflection in the harbour in Penzance pleased me yesterday.

This afternoon I have made a very pretty stuffing to go with tomorrow’s turkey, Sausage meat with Apple and Cranberries.

 I love getting on with preparations while listening to Carols from Kings on BBC Radio 4. It was something my Humanist Mum and Dad always did on Christmas Eve and I have done it for many , many years too. It is my time in the middle of all the busyness. I then put on the TV loudly in the sitting room and listen all over again while still busy and content in the kitchen.
Happy Christmas to all my readers. May your  days be filled with peace and love and joy.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2017 in Beauty, Christmas, Food, Happiness

 

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Snow Globe, Sheep and A Front Door 

We spent a delightful evening with the Prideaux Angels last night, a gentle promenade performance with dance, music and narration where the last scene outdoors was the beautiful Snow Globe. It runs until 28th December so if you can get to Padstow, there is a treat in store. You can get a delicious meal in the marquee afterwards too.

Spotted this sheep in a wool shop in Penzance this afternoon and it made me smile.

What a gorgeous door with wreath this is…….l

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2017 in Beauty, Christmas, Cornwall, dance, knitting

 

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Beautiful Brining, Secular Prayer and Gift Wrap

We have made the brining mixture for the turkey today so that when we collect it from the butcher tomorrow, it can go straight in for its twenty four hours soaking. It is a very pretty mixture.

Brining mix

The following poem by Carol Ann Duffy appeals to me as a Humanist. I especially love the radio’s prayer which reminds me of a seminal moment in a favourite novel, A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines.

Prayer

Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So, a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.

Some nights, although we are faithless, the truth
enters our hearts, that small familiar pain;
then a man will stand stock-still, hearing his youth
in the distant Latin chanting of a train.

Pray for us now. Grade 1 piano scales
console the lodger looking out across
a Midlands town. Then dusk, and someone calls
a child’s name as though they named their loss.

Darkness outside. Inside, the radio’s prayer –
Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre.

Carol Ann Duffy

Parked just down the road from us is a gift wrapped car! I took the photos at night and they are not very clear but I hope you can get an idea. Every bit of the body, except the glass, is covered in wrapping paper!

 

Pallets, Hebe and A Primrose

What an original way to reuse old pallets! I was delivering Christmas cards in the neighbourhood and came upon this beauty!

Recycled pallet tree

There was a really heavy mist today, so much so that Carn Brea couldn’t be seen, never mind the monument or castle. However, that meant that there were mist drops aplenty for the photographing!  First, there is the Hebe, covered in purple flowers and with some droplet covered stamens where the flowers have finished.

Hebe with mist droplets

Next a beautiful Primrose flower…………

Primrose in December, in D’s garden

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2017 in art, Beauty, Christmas, nature, postaday2017

 

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