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Good News, Kindness and Nature’s Magic

We had the best news today that a singing friend had his last treatment and yesterday ‘rang the bell.’ I have his permission to share the good news and his photo where he has dressed up for the occasion.

Flour has been hard to get hold of, especially strong flour for bread making. On Thursday evening, after clapping for our carers  in this crisis, we started chatting to our other next-door neighbours whom we hardly know. We were chatting generally about shopping and life under lockdown and that we are self-isolating (not because we are ill but we are considered vulnerable) Today, on our doorstep, we found a note on a bag with flour that S&P had sourced for us from a local farm shop, such a kind gesture from people we hardly know.

We have watched with increasing amusement today as the pile of potting mix on a big cloth left on my ‘potting table’ for the next session, changed shape. As the wind has blown fairly wildly today, the random pile that filled the cloth, has gradually become a beautifully neat circle!

 

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Daffodils, Lentils and Preparation

Our order from Sarah Raven arrived much earlier than we anticipated so we have had to empty the daffodil pot in order to plant the Sweet Peas. I cut the Daffs to bring in and we have buried the bulbs so that the leaves can die down naturally.

I have made a Ragu sauce with lentils instead of meat tonight and it was delicious.

We have prepared the planting place for the Sweet Peas with their wigwam. I’ll put the beautiful looking little plants in tomorrow.

Tonight my neighbours and I will be in the garden at 8.30 to sing for peace as people around the world will be doing. Join in if you would like to singing Peace, Salaam, Shalom.

 

 

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P.E. Lessons, Tree Work and Magical Droplets

Yesterday Daughter No 3 told me about an online PE session that she and LiveWire No 4 are doing each weekday morning so I had a look at it. What fun and what a beautiful and charming young man as teacher! I joined in what I could (not a lot really!) and it felt really good that for a short time I was doing a workout with the LiveWires. It is a live video and invites comments for a shout-out so I sent a message saying, “Granny Sally, 74, in Cornwall enjoying PE with Grandkids in Suffolk and London” and we got a shout-out that we and the London contingent heard!  Try it with your distant Grandkids – it’s fun to feel that, despite the distance, we can still do things together.  Joe creates the most amazing online community with his positivity and encouragement.

A  Dear Friend is also a tree surgeon and today he came along to save our phone line from being broken by next-door’s trees. He did a fantastic job, all of us staying at least 2 metres apart, much more when he was up the trees!

G started early and the dew was still on the plants. I could hardly believe the way the droplets had gathered here on the beautiful new leaves.

I have forgotten what this plant is called…….

 

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A Birthday, St Piran’s Parade and Chapel Porth

Daughter No 1 is with us for her birthday which is lovely. We have had a splendid day enjoying first the Redruth St Piran’s parade,

The poster

A very busy Fore Street and the Town Clock

Photo by M

then a trip to Chapel Porth for a walk up to Wheal Coates and lunch at the Beach Cafe (their Croque Monsieurs are truly scrumptious!) The wind was so wild with gusts of 30-40mph that I abandoned the cliff top walk and left the other two to it! They did return! One of her siblings and family had rung to sing Happy Birthday just as they reached Wheal Coates.

They did come back over the hill

Then we  called in at Kresen Kernow to show M the wonderful new/old building

A Cornish chough engraved on the doors of Kresen Kernow

and have just finished our Birthday dinner of Confit Duck with Blackberry sauce followed by Chocolate Torte. Another sibling and family rang while we were cooking dinner. Happiness all round!

 

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Eight Hundred Trees!

What a wonderful morning! The sun shone, the rain held off though the bitter wind still blew and we have been with friends, their friends and neighbours and we have planted 800 trees! Nicky and Gavin had organised an amazing event called Trees and Bowls to bring people together to plant the trees in their field at blanket Farm.  Between us, we have planted Sessile and English Oak, Downy and Silver Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Hawthorn,  Beech and Gean Cherry. There are others too but I cannot remember what they all are. The trees have been planted in glades and with paths, in same groups and mixed. So many people turned up, they were all planted by lunchtime!

We then all went indoors for truly scrumptious soup, all homemade, and delicious donated bread, in the bowls lovingly crafted  by Nicky and Jude, sold in aid of Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugee Families. The glass trees I have been showing you recently were all made to be sold at the same event, also in aid of the local Refugee charity.

What a beautiful thing to do – to make a forest for the future. We are in awe and delighted to have been a part of it. The happy and smiley community in the fields showed everyone’s enthusiastic pleasure  at being involved. There was a sense of determination, too, in everyone, aged from 7 to 101 to plant trees to do our bit to save the planet.  Please enjoy the gallery and click the photos to enlarge the picture and read the captions that will tell you the greater story.

Just had an update as we were writing this post – 875 trees planted, 85 bowls sold, £1055 raised for the Refugee families.

Gavin, Nicky, Ti and Kaja

Six years ago the first part of woodland was planted. https://mybeautfulthings.com/2013/12/10/mandela-memorial-lunch-and-tree-planting/

 

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Invictus Trust, Eggs and Mini Eggs

My choir, The Suitcase Singers, collects for two charities each year. This year our local one has been The Invictus Trust, a Cornish charity set up to help youngsters with mental health problems. Please do click on the red link to read more about one family’s wonderful work in memory of their son and brother.

When their hens are laying, we get delicious fresh eggs from our Dear friends, today in a delightful 4 eggs container.

It was a day for a treat, some mini-eggs!

 

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Mural, Moss and Hellebore

Our town is being brightened up with murals, some in quite unexpected places. I still have to discover some of them. Here is the most obvious at the crossroads.

On the way up the hill there was tree that seemed to be wrapped in green velvet. It felt as soft as it looked.

I stepped into a neighbour’s garden to take this photo of a beautiful Hellebore flower.

 
 
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