Walking up from the allotment this evening, the sun was setting behind Carn Brea.
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While I was baking, I was listening to Poetry Please on BBC radio 4. The final poem by Murray Lachlan Young, ‘Negative Thoughts’ feels just perfect for these times as many people are struggling with their mental health. As the poet says, this poem is “An antidote to allowing things to spiral in the wrong direction.” The whole programme is worth listening to but you can find the poem at about 27 minutes using the link above. I found it very useful.
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!
Our lovely neighbour is safely out of self-isolation as her contact’s test has come back negative. Relief all around.
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.
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.
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..
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…….
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.
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.
Further around the walk the views go for miles across farmland to the sea.
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.