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Rain, Sheep and More Tulips

It feels today as if all the rain that hasn’t fallen in April has arrived overnight and all day. The shepherd arrived late this afternoon to feed the sheep who welcomed him with raucous baaing. I took the photo through an upstairs window. The lambs have certainly grown and have lost both their baby-ness and their springiness. .

Through the window I also took a photo of the tulips on the steps being battered by rain and wind. When I looked at the photo I realised that a couple had broken off so I brought them in and found several others that looked as if they need some tlc.

After an hour or so of having the orange ones indoors, I began to realise that they have a wonderful scent. I haven’t met scented tulips before. I shall certainly plant more of these next year after I have checked their name.

 

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Join Us On Our Valley Walk

Walking through a favourite valley down to the beach with no sound but bird song until we could hear the waves on the shingle was an absolute delight this afternoon. Join us…….

Bluebells

 

Bluebells, Cake and Signs

The bluebells at Godolphin are superb and my photo doesn’t really do them justice. Everywhere you look there are carpets of blue.

We were there to meet with friends for a celebration of our Dear Friend, Ti’s, 102nd birthday!  Godolphin is where she generally celebrates her birthday. When she was 99 she walked to the top of the hill, her 100th was on the beach at Gylly Beach, the next year, after a broken hip, she went half way up Godolphin Hill and this year we picnicked in the lower field. Here is the cake and some of her cards.

On our drive there I noticed two charming signs, ones only to be found, I think, in country lanes. On the way back I managed the photos from the moving car.

PS Had a message from WordPress today to day that my blog has had 50,000 views!

 

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Amazing Swim Hats

Words and photos from our lovely neighbour:-   “Perfect morning for the inaugural outing of the Wild Swim Hats – 8.00am, calm sea, light winds, seventeen elated swimmers from the Gorran Haven Coldwater Crew, a film crew in wetsuits, ditto Steve Tanner taking photos, me and Meier Williams, clutching each other, weeping with joy, relief and grief (we both have people we would have LOVED to have shared this moment with). But mostly just gloriously happy to be standing on the edge of the shore witnessing this crazy thing…….”

Ready to swim

 

 

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Thrift, Wine and Shadows

We set off to the car-boot sale today in the hope of finding duplicate tools for us to keep in our new shed at the allotment. Sadly, despite having checked, they were not open. We were near to Godrevy so walked a different way today to try to find the Thrift that flowers there in profusion. We were a bit early but here is a little of the lovely pink stuff.

For the first time, it was warm enough in the early evening to have a glass of wine in the garden.

The sun threw delicate shadows from the grass onto the slate area where we were sitting.

 

Sign, Sea and My Mum

We loved the sign at the beach where we went after collecting lots of little plants from Kehelland Horticultural Centre.

The colours of the water were just beautiful, all the lovely shades of blue.

Looking up in a book about herbs today some papers fell out – in my Mum’s handwriting. What a delight and one of ‘those’ moments.  Mum died in 1994 and yet seeing her handwriting can bring her right back into the room where her advice on growing and using herbs is all I need.

 

Earth Day, A Film and A Mural

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.com including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.  How better to mark the day than by planting a tree and by tending the earth to raise food for the future?

Meet Me At The Edge is a beautiful film for you. It was to have been a live event on the cliffs at Botallack in Cornwall this time last year but, of course, had to be cancelled. The WildWorks team have put it all together as a film so find yourself an hour and watch this beautiful and moving piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d78PwHXQbQI

There’s a lovely new mural in town. Here is the first bit.

 

 

Tulips, A Field and Our Shed

The evening sun on one of the tulips tubs is really lovely.

We passed a beautifully ploughed field today and were able to pull over to get a photo of the fabulous furrows.

We’ve bought a shed for the allotment, one of those that looks like a sentry box, to keep tools in rather than wheelbarrow them down from home each time we go. We have some duplicate tools – from Mum’s gardening which is  lovely – and when the car-boot sales begin again will go hunting.

I am delighted with our beautiful little shed.

 

St George and the Dragon

We were in Hayle very early for my appointment with the ankle surgeon ( much deterioration and lots of stress fractures in my toes – explains the pain!) and went to the Garden Centre on our way home to buy some trays for all my baby plants to be cared for. I’ve posted this wonderful sculpture of Saint George and the Dragon carved out of a dead tree before. I love it so here it is again. It’s my only photo today. I have spent the afternoon sitting in the sun reading one of the books I bought while in Truro on Tuesday.It’s very compelling and I’ll tell you about it when I’ve finished – which won’t be long.

 
 

Plain an Gwarry, Tulip and Jelly Babies

Our Redruth Plain an Gwarry, a little outside performance space, is covered in daisies and dandelions and is looking lovely.

Two glorious tulips opened up in the garden.

It became a Jelly-baby day today! I ate the other colours first and saved the red and black until last as they are my favourites.

 
 
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