Four years ago on this day we had snow – yes, snow in Cornwall, enough to build a Suffragette Snow Woman to keep Welly Dog company for a few hours. Today the garden is full of Spring flowers and Welly Dog has moved to the slate patio.
It was a full moon last night but we missed it. Kris Meadon didn’t and took this amazing photo which he is very kindly letting me share with you all.
Worm moon rising above St Michael’s Mount. Photo by Kris Meaden
My dear Sister-in-law sent me a link to the most delightful site where those in need of a lift can ring up kindergarten children to get advice! The hotline, called PepToc, was created by students at West Side School in Sonoma County, and was the idea of art teacher Jessica Martin. Read all about it and if you are in USA, perhaps try it and let me know how it goes.
The clouds over Carn Brea as we set off to see the murmurations in Marazion suggested that there might be a good sunset. There was!
The starlings put on a reasonable show tonight but seemed rather keen to settle into the reed beds with fewer patterns than we have sometimes seen. We may have missed some as the sunset was so spectacular that we kept turning round to watch that and then back to the birds.
St Michael’s Mount lit by the setting sun as we arrived
At the start as the sun is still up and lighting up the wind mill
The reed beds where they settle for the night
This post is for my dear friend, Angie, whom I have not seen for too long but who, on her last visit to us, enjoyed the murmurations. This post comes with love for a wonderful and sustaining friendship.
“In readiness for the Easter holidays and an influx of visitors, St Michael’s Mount has implemented radical new social distancing measures.Creating a one way system for those visiting the attraction, the ‘Coming Back Causeway’ has been built to ease congestion, and opens to the public today, Thursday April 1st.
Speaking at the opening ceremony this morning, Marizion parish councillor Mike Mount praised Cormac, saying: “The Coming Back Causeway, which looks almost identical to the original causeway, has been built with such efficiency that hardly anyone saw it happening.” Mr Mount added: “A one-way system on the original causeway was trialed last summer, but was later abandoned after it emerged that visitors could not return from the island.”
Photo by Photojournalist Greg Martin
I like to pass on the Action for Happiness calendar each month. You can find more details here.
A kind friend dropped in some poems for me this afternoon. Here is one of them, by one of my favourite poets, Billy Collins, an American poet we once saw live in South Yorkshire. It is just one sentence and I love it. I hope you do too. Thank you very much, M.
If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.
We threw open the windows this morning while having breakfast and listened to the bird song instead of the radio. Bliss.
There are some stones on the beach at Mousehole unlike most, not dark with white streaks but beige and smoothly rounded.
On the way home we went by St Michael’s Mount just as the sun came out.
Yesterday we went to The Exchange in Penzance to see the Grayson Perry tapestry exhibition. It was amazing, we were in there over an hour and intend to go back on our 7 day ticket. If you live close enough, do go to see it. If it visits you elsewhere in the country/world, do try to visit. Here are the introduction board, two complete tapestries and various detailed extracts. They have to be seen to be truly appreciated, dramatic, detailed, thought provoking and so very moving.
We’ve just returned from our first holiday in 2020 – one night away in a lovely hotel, The Old Coastguard Hotel in Mousehole. We started with drinks on the lawn watching the boats go by, followed with a Minack theatre experience in the evening and after a splendid breakfast, a walk around Mousehole and then lunch and a walk around the sculpture gardens at Tremenheere. A perfect mini break! Join us in seeing some of these treats in the gallery. Click on any photo for the detail.
It has been a glorious day and a local photographer caught the sunrise over St Michael’s Mount. With his permission, I share it with you here.Thank you, Kris.
We have spent most of the day outside in the sunshine which was actually warm on our faces – gardening, reading and soaking up the rays. A Ladybird joined us.
Our Pak Choi is still going strong and we are using the leaves. Does anyone know if we can eat the buds and flowers as one does with Purple sprouting broccoli ? The bees have been busy all over the garden today.
Photo and words by Kris Meadon, written yesterday, used here with permission.
“It’s 4.30pm as this evening’s full Wolf moon rises slowly through the mist and clouds behind the fairytale castle of St.Michael’s Mount. 🌝 January’s full moon was dubbed the Wolf Moon by early Native Americans due to villagers hearing packs of wolves howling in hunger around this time of the year!”
We couldn’t see the full moon at all last night as it was far too cloudy. I went out several times to find it…… I was delighted when Kris’ beautiful photo turned up and he said I could use it.
A friend alerted me to the fact that Seville Oranges (needed for making marmalade) are in the shops for their very short season so off we went this morning to our local greengrocer’s to pick up enough for 4 batches. These are enough for one batch. I shall freeze some to make later.
Tonight’s Turkey stir-fry featured Pak Choi from our vegetable patch at the back.
The big thaw has started in our part of the UK though the winds have been savage on the South coast. Our boiler is now working; the power cut was mended very quickly and we are warming up again. Thank you to so many of you for your concern. Being without heat and power surely makes one think about those without a roof over their heads in this bitter winter.
The resilience of the Spring flowers is remarkable. These in our garden are bouncing back.
Snow drooped Tete a Tete
Tete a Tete recovering from the snow assault
St Michael’s Mount in the snow by Darren Strick
I have kindly been given permission by the photographer to use his beautiful photo here today. Thank you, Darren.