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Town Twinning, Breakfast and A Poem

YesterdayI learned  from a friend that our town, Redruth, is twinned with Mineral Point in Wisconsin, USA! We knew that many Cornish hard rock miners emigrated to the states to take their much needed skills and I did a lot of research into that when I was part of the Perthi Kov team putting together our stories from St Euny graveyard for Until the Day Break. I think Wisconsin will have to be on our next US trip, whenever that can be. I wonder if any of my dear Readers are in Wisconsin. That would be really cool!

Our supermarket delivery came tonight. We have croissants for tomorrow’s breakfast!

I am not alone among my friends in having the odd wobble emotionally during this strange period in all our lives and I send my love out there to any of my readers also feeling the strangeness.  The following poem of Mary Oliver’s captures the essence of what we all need to do. Go out and sing!

I Worried by Mary Oliver

 
 

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New Border, Village Clock and A Treat

The wall garden is nearly planted – Conifers, Clematis, heathers and 100+ bulbs hiding under the  soil!  Just the Winter Flowering Pansies to add for winter colour.

So much stuff to take to the dump! I took this photo on our way back through the village of St Day.

We decided to treat ourselves after working so hard for the last few days so I booked us a table at The Penventon Hotel, just a ten minute walk away.  What a delightful evening we had with extra treats of dessert!

 

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Masks, Wild Blooms and a Surprise.

Our town has a novel way of encouraging us to wear our masks.There are lots , one on almost every lamp-post.I’ll show you more later.  On the path up from town is a self-seeded Passion flower, still blooming.

Little Cyclamen are appearing in the Suffragette garden much to my surprise.

 

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Sunflowers, Silks and More Masks

We chose a different route into town today and walked past a garage where they have planted Sunflowers on the grass beside the pavement, such a delight to see them!

Yesterday, after visiting friends in Truro, I went shopping for more embroidery silks and now I have all I need for the special wall hangings I’m making for Christmas!

I’ve made myself six more masks in the hope that choir will start again before too long. Research says we will need three per rehearsal so I have pretty ones, ones for Christmas and musical notes. I am so missing singing with my choir pals. I live in hope!

 

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Silver Birch, Sky Painting and A Tart

The bark on our Silver Birch is fabulous against the dark purple of the Pittosporum.

On our walk into town today, we popped into our favourite coffee shop, Home Ground, to pick up a couple of their delicious Portuguese custard tarts. During lockdown they have made some really lovely improvements, one being the painting of sky on the ceiling of their outdoor space, It’s lovely.

At Home Ground Coffee shop

One of the tarts!

 

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Baking, Cream Tea and A Poem

The lovely new owners of our Greengrocer’s shop, Grow Box, were yesterday giving away some Cornish Cream if you bought some strawberries which I hadn’t realised until the cream was added to my bag.  That meant, of course, that I had to make some scones. I used the trimmings to make some Cheese scones of which I am even more fond, if I dare to admit that!

Cornish cream tea with Strawberry Freezer jam

This gentle poem came my way today and seems so very apt for these difficult days. Be kind to yourself as well as to others.

The Mountain by Laura Ding-Edwards

 

 

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Thank you, Dandelion Clocks and Ghost Town

A dear choir friend does a top-up shop for us each week and today we picked a purple, white and green posy from our garden for her to say Thank you. As well as getting the shopping items, just seeing this friendly smile and having a chat, two meters apart, of course, is such a tonic.

For our walk today, we chose to go through the park into town, thinking that we wouldn’t meet many people here on a Sunday. There were so many dandelion clocks in the park, I wished we had some little people with us to play with them.

Redruth was like a ghost town!  Look carefully and you might spot the Welly Dogs, the very special art installation by David Kemp, in our town.

 

Grape Hyacinth, 100 Houses and Being Kind

We are back to wet days which means that I can catch photos of flowers with raindrops attached and about to fall, which I love, so here is one of our beautiful Grape Hyacinths with tremulous raindrops.
A local artist, Annelie Wood, has been going around our town, doing watercolours of 100 of our beautiful houses. She has given me permission to show you this lovely work.
The following little rhyme seems right for today. It has been attributed to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882),  an American poet, best known, to me at least, for The Song of Hiawatha.
“Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words, and Kind deeds.”
Just be kind. Fill your world, and that of those around you, with sunshine.
 

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Moss, Wreath and Angels

Before the gales came in this morning, I had a brisk walk around the block. The moss down Lovers’ Lane was vibrant and very  green.

I started the Christmas decorations today, beginning with the beautiful fabric wreath on our inner front door. I inherited this from my Mum and Dad who were given this delightful American decoration.

Dear friends came for dinner last week and brought two lovely little angels to add to my collection. They were first on our tree.Thank you very much, P&A.

 

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Last Market, Cakes and A Coat

Today was the Christmas Market, last one of the year, and it went well.

The other stalls around were delightful – next door to me a cake stall with gorgeously decorated small cakes and some delightful biscuits, made by Pink Peach Cake Co.

‘Love Betty’ was across the way and a lovely young woman, a student at Falmouth University, bought a coat that suited her so very well.

‘Love Betty, Reloved to beloved upcycled fashion’

 

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