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Carn Brea, Secret Garden and Blossom

We have two LiveWires with us! This morning we went up to Carn Brea from where both the North and South coast seas can be seen. The youngsters love climbing on the (treacherous!) rocks and I have to bite my tongue. Their rock climbing and survival skills are impressive!

On top of Carn Brea

Rocks and Redruth

In the afternoon we took the children to the unique and wonderful Minack Theatre just above Porthcurno to see The Secret Garden which was an absolute delight.

As the play ended

Porthcurno Beach

Blossom abounds everywhere at the moment.

Gorse

Blackthorn, identified by HeyJude for me.

 

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Around our Town

Three things on our walk today that pleased me were 1. a tiled entrance. 2.  some stained glass and 3.  renovations happening at The Old Fire Station.

I wonder what was sold in ‘The Red Shop’

There were several of these windows over two shops, really beautiful.

Gorgeous!

The old Fire Station has been abandoned for many years and looking rather sad but last year it was sold and is being renovated. It was lovely to spot someone working on the chimney and a new roof being done as we went past today.

I’ll show you as progress is made.

 

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Six on Saturday – Replanting and Spring Bulbs

We’ve started the work on the Suffragette Garden that needs an overhaul. The blind Narcissi in the first photo are now out and the ground ready for planting.

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Blind Narcissi

2.  The ground is already for planting…..

Ready

3. …… and the Hebes are in, ‘Baby Marie’  which will grow to 40 cms and I hope, in time, they will make a little hedge. The have white flowers but the buds are tinged with purple so will be perfect for this garden.

Baby Marie

4.  I was given these bulbs for Christmas a few years ago but nothing happened and I had forgotten all about them. This year, here they are in the little wall garden and I don’t know what they are called. Help, anyone?

Identity needed

5.   The Narcissi are brightening up a dark corner. I’m hoping Storm Freya, which is on its way won’t beat them down.

More Narcissi

6.   Now for something completely different!  It is St Piran’s Day here in Cornwall and our little town celebrates with a parade and hundreds of daffodils – in every shop window, in lapels, as decoration. It’s great fun!

For others in the Six on Saturday challenge, please visit the Propagator where gardeners from all over the world add links in the comments.

 

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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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Glass Class, Leaf and A Gift

Another fabulous creative morning making glass ornaments for Christmas with the lovely Lisa Macfarlane. I made another Angel this time, in Suffragette colours as I did last year. I love the others too – a Father Christmas, a Christmas tree and a VW Beetle! Maybe next time I will attempt one of those!

From today’s Glass Class

VW Beetle in the making

We are going to friends for dinner tonight. M makes her own jam (so I can’t take along homemade jam), flowers make her sneeze (so we can’t take along flowers) so I made her a gift in the Glass Class today.

Quite small, just 2″x2″

 

 

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Glass Class, Golden Leaves and Book No 3

This was my fourth glass class with Lisa Macfarlane. This one was making Christmas decorations. Last year I made an angel and this year, for a very special friend, I made a Nisse. Wikipedia explains – “A nisse, tomte, tomtenisse or ‘tonttu’ is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally described as being no taller than 90 cm, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in red or some other bright colour.” There was no red glass available so I chose bright green and showed the flow of his beard with wires and purple, white and green beads the relevance of which I know my friend will recognise.
The pieces made by other class members were also delightful.

Products of our morning’s work

I know you read the blog, Ti, so it won’t be a surprise when I bring it round for you  but I thought you might like to see it now!

Emerging from the class at The Craft Collective, the wind had been busy and Fore Street was littered with golden leaves.

Autumnal colour

It’s the third day of the Book Challenge that I am doing elsewhere. Today I have put up the cover of The Book Thief, no comment, no review as the rules say. Do tell me books that you have loved in the comments.

The Book Thief

 

 

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Pickled Grapes, Seed Heads and The Bowie Lounge

While we were in Atlanta, my lovely SIL made some Pickled Grapes which looked so beautiful in the jar that I had to give the recipe a try. I did that this morning and they do look amazing. I don’t yet know what they taste like!

Pickled Grapes

The different Clematis plants all have different fluffy seed-heads.

We have just come in from a fabulous musical experience, The Bowie Lounge at our local theatre, The Regal. The whole place was abuzz with excitement and delight at the show, an artistic response to the work of David Bowie with music, word and dance – and all brilliant  local talent. As Mark Kermode said, “A strange and wonderful experience, The Bowie Lounge ….  is joyful, melancholic and really rather moving. I absolutely loved it!”

The Bowie Lounge

 

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