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Poppy, Walk and Help?

Another Poppy is blooming. At breakfast time it popped out of its sepals and later in the day was fully open. As the sun left that part of the garden, it closed up again.

Our walk today was very blustery! Join us going up to the Flat Lode Trail with a view of Carn Brea, past the St Uny engine house and back home.

We have a problem in the edible trough. A little Viola plant died last week, just went limp and gave up the ghost. Yesterday, all was well with the rest of the Viola border and today – another plant seems to have died. Any ideas? The trough is damp, everything else, lettuces and the rest of the Violas seem fine…….

 

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Ladybird, Buddleia and Pudding

I learned today that a swarm of Ladybirds is called a Loveliness –  A Loveliness Of Ladybirds. With a name like that, no wonder Ladybird is believed to bring good luck, and when one spies one, is a reminder to count your blessings. Here is the one, a bit fuzzy as it wouldn’t stay still, that landed on the lovely Mr S yesterday.

The wild Buddleia which we see on our walk is blooming. It is also known as the Butterfly Bush so we hope to see lots as we go by in the next few weeks.

Also on our walk this morning, we could see that the Blackberries are beginning to form and we remembered that we still have some of last year’s in the freezer as family haven’t been able to visit. Blackberry and Apple Crumble is always on the menu when they do. We decided to celebrate being able to watch a football match on Tv for the first time in 3 months with exactly that. I have even made custard!  It’s a shame there’s no-one to share this family favourite with.

 

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Our Walk, A Chimney and Masks

We started early for our walk today as the temperatures are set to rise and I’m not happy walking in heat. The sea was glorious and the walk peaceful and restorative. The heathers are in full bloom and contrast beautifully with the golden Dandelions. We spotted a number of birds, a Kestrel, we think, and some Whin Chats that moved too quickly to be photographed.

Mum’s chimneys are all planted up and now full of blooms and scent from the Nemesia Vanilla White and the Heliotrope, otherwise known as Cherry Pie.

This came my way the other day and seems to me to be the best reason to be wearing a mask in these strange times.

 

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Swaps, Cherries and A Spider

A brilliant trade happened today! One of our choir friends runs the lovely cafe at Chapelporth, renowned for its Hedgehog ice creams, Croque Monsieur and homemade Flapjacks.  She and her staff, who have just been allowed to re-open, were in need of some masks so several of her friends have made some. R came this morning to collect the three I have made and brought us some of her delicious Flapjacks.

Another lovely choir friend does extra bits of shopping for us and today found a big box of cherries, a bargain!

We found a very small green and yellow spider on the Peony today, busy spinning a web.

 

 

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Anniversary, Garden and Singing

Today marks the anniversary of the Great 1913 Women’s Pilgrimage starting in the South West where women walked from Land’s End to Hyde Park demanding their right to vote and to be acknowledged as citizens.

Dreadnought began with this inspirational story of courage and rage, and we marked the centenary of the pilgrimage by touring a new play Oxygen in 2013 to the places the women had stopped and rallied one hundred years earlier. My choir leader, Claire Ingleheart wrote the music for the play, “Oxygen” and many of the choir turned up to sing at Land’s End prior to walking the first few miles of the walk together.

My Suffragette garden has the right colours at the right moment! My regular readers will know that my Great Granny, Mary Wiseman, was a Suffragette,  was force fed in Holloway Prison and received the portcullis brooch from Mrs Pankhurst for her struggles. I am very proud of her, hence my garden and my tattoo.

Here’s a recording of The Ingleheart Singers singing Oxygen in Truro Cathedral. I’m not amongst them  as I was recovering from a replacement hip op but I was able to record it for you.

 

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Cornish Mizzle and Dew-drops

We walked early this morning hoping to beat the forecast rain. We could see the clouds over Carn Brea, so thick we couldn’t see the castle and the mizzle soaked us through before we made it home but dew-dropped leaves and grasses, spiders’ webs and flowers made for some pleasing photo opportunities.

 

Green Field, A View and Confetti

On our walk around the back we have been watching the progress of a field from ploughed to sown to the tiny shoots and now, the grains appearing and creating a view as if an impressionist painting.

Carn Brea Castle in the distance

Further around the walk the views go for miles across farmland to the sea.

St Euny Chuch and beyond some engine house chimneys and beyond that, the sea

The rain has taken nearly all the blooms from the Crinodendron. Now they are on the grass and the little table looking like confetti.

 

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Today’s Walk to Killifreth

We live in Cornwall, in the middle of what was the richest area in the world  for copper and tin mining in the 18th and 19th centuries and we are surrounded by the iconic engine houses, one of which we walked to yesterday. Today we visited one of the most elegant of all the relics around, Killifreth. Click on any image for a bigger picture and the explanatory caption.

Killifreth

 

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Join Us On Our Most Joyful Walk

We visited our favourite spot today, Chapelporth with a walk up the cliffs to Wheal Coates.The cafe is not yet open so no Croque Monsieur or Ice-cream Hedgehogs…. Click on any photo for a bigger view and the caption.

 

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A Family, Monkeys, A Special Meal and A Recipe

On our walk today, we were overtaken by a young family that we know, all out on their bikes, the littles one being towed. They were off to do the whole Great Flat Lode. We walk just a small section. It isn’t flat, by the way. This section is quite a steep hill.

In between showers, we have managed to plant up the Monkey planter and it looks lovely against the newly painted wall, which is cream rather than white but looks white in the photo. A local artist, Jeremy Beswick, made this precious basket for me many years ago.

We are ‘going out’ for dinner again tonight, collecting a Confit Duck meal from The Royal Oak in Perranwell. Here is this week’s menu.

I have put the recipe for Strawberry Freezer Jam on my recipe pages today.  It’s very easy and totally scrumptious.

 

 

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