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Wheal Uny, Birds and Carn Brea

Such a bright cold day for our walk, such a beautiful blue sky and a warm sun on our backs despite our faces being very cold!

Wheal Uny

Birds on the tower

Across the valley, people scrambling up the rocks on Carn Brea

 

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Daffodils, Castle and Santa

We were delighted to see Daffodils in bud on a verge on our walk today.

We had sunshine every now and then today and I caught Carn Brea, the Castle and the Monument in a bit of it.

On the way home we spotted a Santa whose rope ladder seemed to have run out as he looks down rather despondently contemplating jumping off the bottom…….

Our lovely neighbour is safely out of self-isolation as her contact’s test has come back negative. Relief all around.

 

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Lichen, Castle and Squirrel Food

On our walk after the rain, I found some lichen floating in a puddle.

The Castle on Carn Brea which was once a hunting lodge was first built around 1379 AD as a chapel to St. Michael.  Around 1790 the building was converted into a folly by the Basset Family who once owned the hill as part of their Tehidy Estate. It is now (and has been for many years) a  charming restaurant serving Middle Eastern food.

Carn Brea Castle

We have a visiting squirrel that eats the bird food. We put up a baffle to keep him off but somehow he still gets up to the bird feeders. The solution seemed to be to give him his own feeding station so here it is. We have yet to see him getting his peanuts…..  It’s been up only a week.

 

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Magic, New Cake and Another Sunset Walk

I read a recipe at the weekend that sounded utterly sublime and so I made it today. It tastes as good as I thought it would. It is one of Thomasina Miers’, called Raspberry Meringue Sponge Cake. Her introduction says, “It’s a stunner….  Bake it this weekend and share slices with neighbours,…. Happy cooking.” and we did, with Sue-next-door..

Our sunset walk was lovely this evening, past our favourite old Oak Tree and up the hill for views of Carn Brea and the sea.

 

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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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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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Mothers’ Day, Shears and A Castle

It was Mothers’ Day in America yesterday and my kid sister, who lives in Hawaii, posted a photo of our beautiful Mum who died in 1993 but is, of course, still much missed.

I started making masks today and the instructions suggested that I use pinking shears. Mine got taken for craft work many years ago but Mum’s are still in her sewing box where I am always finding haberdashery treasures. They look a bit rusty but they cut perfectly.

Our walk took us under Carn Brea today and I took this photo for the LiveWires who love going up there and scrambling on the rocks. In fact, the castle never was a ‘castle’ but a folly and later a hunting lodge.See here for the history.

 

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A Birthday, A Bluebell and Finishing Touches

This time last year we were celebrating a 100th birthday on the beach. This year has been a quieter affair for Ti as we are all held at home and the weather has been very wet. We sent along some highly scented flowers and were happy to know that they were very well received by our Dear and precious friend.

 

There has been a downpour all night and most of the day. Catching raindrops in photos is one of my favourite things.

English Bluebell

Raindrops with Carn Brea in the distance

I have put the finishing touches to the scrub caps and they have been collected today. A lovely neighbour brought some Weleda hand cream sachets to go in with the caps this morning and last night I sewed in the ‘Homemade with love’ labels.

 

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Another Lane, Bluebells and Yeast Buns

We often walk along Church lane and love the big Oak Tree at the start of the lane.

Further along, just before we turn up to The Great Flat Lode, we noticed the blue in the fields below Carn Brea and realised that the farmer has mown very carefully around an enormous patch of  Bluebells.

A lovely friend from choir does some top-up shopping for us and today turned up with our shopping and some delicious yeast buns that she had made this morning. We exchanged that for some Blueberry Streusel Cake that I had baked knowing that J would be here in the afternoon.

 

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