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Breakfast, A Rose and Gifts

Fluffy blueberry pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup was my breakfast treat – the lovely Mr S chose not to have the bacon but I love the sweet and savoury combo.

A rose we were given for our Golden Anniversary three years ago is still, in mid October, giving us beautifully scented blooms.

We’ve been at the allotment for hours today in beautiful Autumn sunshine trying to get the better of all the weeds. We have made progress. One I pulled up was a carrot which we have had for tea along with two Sweetcorn cobs which have been left behind by the previous owner. We have landed in a lovely community. One fellow allotmenteer kindly gave us a cucumber and some tomatoes this afternoon.

 

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Apples, Happiness and Help

A couple of days ago, the friends we met at the drive-in gave us some apples from their tree, Russets which are my favourites. There aren’t this many left now!

Thanks M&J who know how much I love this variety.

These words work for me.

In the words of William Blake, today “I told my wrath.”  I wrote to WordPress expressing my frustration and irritation at the Block editor and the circles I was going around trying to follow the instructions from kind blogger friends to re-establish Classic. One of their Happiness Engineers (!) helped me get Classic back and now I am much happier than I was last night! It’s been interesting to read of the same feelings expressed by so many other bloggers. Thanks, Mike!

 

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Masks, Wild Blooms and a Surprise.

Our town has a novel way of encouraging us to wear our masks.There are lots , one on almost every lamp-post.I’ll show you more later.  On the path up from town is a self-seeded Passion flower, still blooming.

Little Cyclamen are appearing in the Suffragette garden much to my surprise.

 

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Self-Care, Caterpillar and Another Gall

Very timely advice came in today from Action for Happiness:

We are completely redoing our walled border outside the kitchen and while clearing away the the thuggish Clematis, Bill Mackenzie, found this furry caterpillar scuttling around on stems near the ground. We think it may be a Buff Ermine but it’s not easy to identify.

A fellow blogger kindly helped to identify the rather attractive Artichoke Gall on our beautiful and nearby Oak Tree a few days ago. This one, somewhat uglier,  has been identified as a Knapper Gall by our Son-out-law who visited last Friday.

Here they are together.

 

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Moon, Onions and A Gathering

Last night’s Full Moon was beautiful, quite low in the sky and glowing. This month’s moon has various names, all to do with the harvesting that happens in August – Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon and Barley Moon.

Our friends with the newly planted woods also grow veg and on a visit there this afternoon, I couldn’t resist a photo of these amazing Red Onions.

A  lovely group of our singers met in the stone circle near the newly planted woods this afternoon. We couldn’t sing but it was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, people we have all been missing over the last 5 months. J often dog sits for Kaja and is much loved as can be seen here as J is stroking Kaja and the delightful little Graham, a visiting dog.

 

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Six on Saturday – Colour and Produce

There is lots of colour in the garden and the veggies are coming along well. We eat the Purple Mange tout almost every evening and are delighted with this new venture. We’ll grow them again next year. The Sweetcorn is looking good and the Kalettes taking over their bed. We have a constant battle with caterpillars, tracking them each day and giving them to the birds. We were given the miniature red rose as a thank you present last summer and it seems to die over the winter so we are delighted with all the blooms it is giving us this year. The shady corner is quite well lit at this time of year and it is thriving as are the Lilies on the patio.

If you’d like a look at other gardens, pop over to The Propagator for other Six on Saturday posts.

 

Sweet Peas, Colour Contrast and A Birthday Video

Our Sweet Peas in one pot are glorious. The other pot is finished. 🙁

Sweet Peas

Serendipity again as the bright orange Montbretia/ Crocosmia has popped up with the purple Tom Thumb Pittosporum hedge.

Montbretia against the dark Tom Thumb Pittosporum

A  couple of months ago , I was asked to take part in a Birthday video for an ex pupil of mine. The idea was to screw up some paper with a Happy Birthday message on it. Have it thrown to you from the left, unscrew it, show the message to the camera and throw it off to the right. It made for a very special and individual birthday present.
It occurred to me that it would be a lovely thing to do for our dear choir leader, Claire, with whom we have been unable to sing in person for 5 months because of the Covid situation. Fortunately we have in one of our choirs a brilliantly talented individual who agreed to put together the 60+ videos valiantly made by our community of choir members! Thanks so much, Kenn! What a success it has been! Here it is for your delectation. The setting is the Penryn River, our view from the rehearsal room and the music is sung by the choirs.

 

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Fairy Wings, Garden Colour and Singing

I fitted the repaired wings to two of my Fairies today and am delighted with how they now look and that now they will be able to fly, albeit that they are learners!

We are delighted with the serendipitous odd pops of colour in our garden. Both the Poppy and the Crocosmia are self-sown.

In the last few days, members of The Inglehearts’ Singers have recorded themselves at home singing new words to Trelawny, the Cornish anthem,  words designed to encourage people in Camborne to wear their masks and to help each other in these uncertain Covid times.

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Walk Near Restormel Castle

My favourite camera died some months ago and I just didn’t get around to sorting it by post when I couldn’t get to the shop. Last weekend I decided to find out about replacing it. A local shop where we have bought things in the past had the camera I wanted for £149 as they have decided not to keep so many in stock for some reason. My first foray into finding the camera I wanted brought up the price of £407! So today, we headed off to St Austell to pick up the bargain and from there went to two garden nurseries and then for a walk. Join us as we leave the Duchy Nursery and head towards Restormel Castle. Click on any photo to see a bigger picture. So happy to have a Nikon Coolpix again, just have to charge it up……..

 

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Meeting Friends at the Allotment

Just the best afternoon with friends in months! We laughed and shared stories, we sang and we made videos – great fun! We met in Wendy’s allotment, surrounded by fresh air,  beauty and friendship. Enjoy our moments.

Rose arriving at the allotment, wearing one of the masks I made for her

Graham awaiting his treat of a freshly picked pea pod

Californian Poppies, Cornflowers and Honesty

Screen Shot from a video I made of us singing, well spaced, at the moment when the round went wrong!

Wendy very generously gave each of us some produce from the allotment – mine was rhubarb so I have made our delicious family recipe, Different Every Time Pudding for our tea.

 

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