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More Sparkles, Matchbox and Hope

We have a glass cone  ‘tree’ lit from the inside which I love.

One of our presents this year was a scented candle (vanilla, my favourite) and a prettily decorated box of matches.

You may have heard of our New Year Honours List when people are awarded Knighthoods or other means of recognition. Some of the people are ordinary folk doing wonderful work in the community who deserve all the kudos given by such awards.
Some are not. In the face of such darkness, I offer you some words from Desmond Tutu.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in Christmas, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Sparkles, Kevewi and Hope for You

Our tree sparkles in the bay window.

Just returned home from a fabulous Winter Kevewi at The Redruth Drapery – a new venue and a splendid one in our little town.

This came my way today and I share it here with you.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2019 in Christmas, community, Cornwall, Photography

 

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Christmas Day Walk, Christmas Swimmers and Love

It has been a family tradition to go for a walk on the beach on Christmas Day, whatever the weather, since we first came to live in Cornwall when I was six years old. Yesterday, the sun shone and it was glorious! We were almost alone, with just a few dog walkers, walking on Porthtowan beach and heading, at the turn of the tide, towards Wheal Coates up on the cliffs.

As we turned to return, only the sound of the waves and the odd excited dog barking to be heard, we were astounded to see a hundred or more people had arrived while we were strolling. Then, all the more astonished to see them all race into the winter sea!

The following video is a bit shaky – I was cold!

Choose love.

 

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Rainbow, Truro and Cheese Biscuits

Just caught a rainbow this morning.

We were early into Truro this morning so the lights were not lit but they were welcoming.

The Redruth Carol Choir is coming along our road on Sunday so I have baked some appropriate cheesy biscuits to offer with next door’s mulled wine as some refreshment and reward for their efforts..

 

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Shared Supper, Shoes and Helping

Last night was The Ingleheart Singers’ Christmas dinner and we all took along a dish to share. I made the Vegetable Ring which looks good for a Christmas meal and is delicious! It was well received and every crumb went! You can find the recipe here.

I love beautiful shoes as regular readers will know. These two pairs were particularly covetable last night.

I am resolved, after the disaster of last week, to do all I can to mitigate the effects of our Tory government and to treat the world and all those in it with even more kindness. There is a new homeless person in our town this week. It was bitterly cold this morning so I bought him a pair of gloves. My gesture plus the carol singer further up the street made him weep though he then told me of the generosity of Redruth people as he had been bought a hot drink just before I went by and others had stopped by to see how they could help.

 

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Last Market, Cakes and A Coat

Today was the Christmas Market, last one of the year, and it went well.

The other stalls around were delightful – next door to me a cake stall with gorgeously decorated small cakes and some delightful biscuits, made by Pink Peach Cake Co.

‘Love Betty’ was across the way and a lovely young woman, a student at Falmouth University, bought a coat that suited her so very well.

‘Love Betty, Reloved to beloved upcycled fashion’

 

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Baubles, View and Light Tree

At the orthopaedics out-patient clinic today – everyone was so kind, thoughtful, informative and friendly. I love our NHS and its amazing staff who made  my visit a very good experience. All the walls were decorated with baubles and snowflakes and it was very pretty.

The view across the Hayle Estuary was lovely in the brief sunshine.

My choir did a brief warm up and rehearsal outside the Gylly cafe tonight on our way to our performance.

 
 

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Sunset, Christmas Tree and Kindness

As I left for choir this evening, the sky was on fire.

The children at the school where we rehearse every week  had been busy today decorating their Christmas tree.

I saw this the other day and loved it. I want our town to put the I into KIND on International Kindness Day next year on November 13th.

 

Christmas Crackers, Biscuits and Sunset

Lunch today was a Christmas one at The Miners’ Arms in Mithian with friends. We were delighted to see that the crackers were plastic free and a percentage goes to Shelter, a charity to help the homeless.   I tried to order some when we came home but they are sold out. Next year.

Tiny star and tree biscuits were served with the Creme Brûlée.

It was a long lunch and afterwards we drove to the cliff tops near St Agnes to watch the sunset. The tiny island in the foreground is Godrevy with its lighthouse.

Sunset tonight

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in charity, Christmas, Photography

 

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Market, Parade and Happiness

The Christmas Market went well despite the appalling weather.

Part of my stall

It was the Lights Switch-on Parade tonight and my choirs were singing in the pouring rain but with smiles on our faces! The Parade went by in a misty blur.

It will be December tomorrow. Here is Action for Happiness’s advice for the month.

For my cat-loving friends…..  enjoy this.

 

 

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