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Last Night’s New Song, A Poem and A Vegan Supper

The Ingleheart Singers are learning a beautiful new piece, ‘Crossing the Bar’ an arrangement of Tennyson’s poem with the music by Rani Arbo and arranged by Peter Amidon. We managed just the first verse last night and here it is. It’s a four part harmony and each verse is going to be different. We love a challenge!

       

           Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,  
  And one clear call for me!  
And may there be no moaning of the bar,  
  When I put out to sea,  
  
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,  
  Too full for sound and foam,  
When that which drew from out the boundless deep  
  Turns again home.  
  
Twilight and evening bell,  
  And after that the dark!     
And may there be no sadness of farewell,  
  When I embark;  
  
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place  
  The flood may bear me far,  
I hope to see my Pilot face to face  
  When I have cross’d the bar.

I found a delicious sounding vegan recipe this week, Spinach, Chickpea and Lemon Pilaff and it tasted as good as it sounded!

Spinach, chickpea and lemon pilaff

 

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Six on Saturday – Winter Structures

I had thought to show you the signs of Spring in our garden – a lone Daffodil, Primroses and Snowdrops but Propogator himself did that so I’ll show you Spring later as it develops.
I love the effects of winter on the plants which show their structure more clearly when the foliage has gone or is dying.

Fern skeletons

Aquilegea seed pods

Zebra grass, Miscanthus Sinensis

Beautiful Birch stems

 

Weeping Beech

Cotoneaster

So, those are  my Six this Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from gardeners all over the world, take a look at the site mentioned abovet https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.

 

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A Poem, Reading and Friendship,

This poem amused me, based on truth as it is!

Dangerous coats

Reading is a great consolation.

Confucius on reading

Circles of love

 

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Angels, Heirloom and Myths

The Christmas Angels are still flying in our lovely small town of Redruth.

Redruth’s Angels

We’ve been tidying away all the Christmas things today, among them, this beautiful bowl with its matching ladle. We always use it for bread sauce for Christmas dinner. It is the last piece of a dinner service that my Mum and Dad were given as a Wedding present in 1939 so is a very special treasure to me.

Minton bowl and ladle

I have loved myths and legends since I was very young so to be given Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology for Christmas was a real treat. I have so enjoyed reading these tales again and loved this fresh interpretation.

Norse mythology by Neil Gaiman

 

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Six on Saturday – Foliage in Winter

Inspired by a couple of blogging pals, I have decided to join in on Six on Saturday.which looks like fun, especially for those of us who love our gardens.  My six are all foliage in our garden today, some especially for Piglet in Portugal as they are relevant to her post  where she talks about Agapanthus.

1. We grown most of ours in pots as we read that they like crowded roots but the ones in the ground do well too. They grow in profusion all around Cornwall but not as wildly as in South Africa.

Agapanthus with one left-over flower head

2  Piglet was also asking about hedges. We have two of Pittosporum Tenufolium – in the back, a lovely light hedge of the variegated version. I love the speckle effect and the pink/cream borders to the crinkly leaves. It has tiny red/brown flowers too in late Spring/ early Summer but they are so small they are easily missed. You can see a flower here taken in 2016.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium variegatum

3. Mixed in with this we have a few of the ordinary green one.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium

4. In the front garden, behind the Himalayan Birch, we grow the Tom Thumb version which has the same delightful wavy leaves but they are dark purple and come from black stems – very dramatic. The light has made it look quite pink. It is much darker than it appears here.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium Tom Thumb

5. One of the Clematis that grows up the trellis has turned a glorious bronze colour not unlike Copper Beech.

Clematis

6. The last in today’s six is in my shade garden along with lots of ferns. Sadly, I have lost the label and forgotten its name……..

Can anyone help me remember the name of this one?

 

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Penzance, Montol Festival and St Michael’s Mount

We went to Penzance  to do some shopping after saying goodbye to a very dear friend of the family about whom I have written many times. It was a lovely ceremony which summed up her beautiful character very well. RIP Dear Margaret.  In Penzance my eye was caught by the small electric boxes up and down Market Jew Street. Looking them up, I think they are called feeder boxes. I love how they have been individualised.

Watch out for seagulls stealing your ice-cream

Fish

The Egyptian House

Dragons

We hadn’t realised  that today was the Montol Festival when we set off for Penzance. We did know that it was Winter Solstice…..  What a magnificent parade that was! Click on any photo for the caption and more detail.

On the way home, St Michael’s Mount rose out of the mist.

St Michael’s Mount

 

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Mele Kalikimaka, Dog and Horizon

Last night, thanks to our brilliant organising committee,  was the Ingleheart Singers’ fabulous Christmas party, the best yet! After the most delicious bring and share supper came the cabaret and we all laughed and laughed! One of the acts was a Hawaiian Christmas where a lovely song was introduced. Claire, our leader, remembered that my kid sister lives in Hawaii and had the idea that we should wish her a Happy Christmas and sing a carol for her. Here it is, with love.

We had to go to Newquay this afternoon on a mission and on the way back followed this chirpy dog who, I’m sure, would rather have had his head out of the window!

Dog in a van

As we come home from Newquay we drive West into the sunset. I have been trying to get a photo of this particular engine house for years and today, it worked! It’s on a very long zoom and taken from a moving car but I caught the moment.

Engine house

 

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