Category Archives: Trelissick Gardens

Breakfast, Bouquet and A Biscuit

I tried a new recipe for breakfast pancakes this morning – Sweet Potato Pancakes with Blueberries.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Blueberries, Maple Syrup and Creme Fraiche

There aren’t too many flowers left in the garden but I managed to pick a lovely small bouquet for the hall.

Flowers from our garden

Yesterday in the shop in Trelissick, I saw this delightful biscuit which I knew would appeal to my sister-in-law, V.

Black faced sheep



One of the Secrets of Drawing from Nature……..

I love Autumn! The colours are so beautiful and even in a cold wind, a walk around Trelissick gave us so many beautiful moments. Click on any photo to share our colourful afternoon and to read the tale about ‘drawing from nature.’


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An Autumn Walk in Trelissick Gardens

After lunch in the Trelissick cafe with a lovely choir friend, I went for a delightful walk around the gardens in the warmth of late Autumn sunshine.  Please join me in the gallery. I am enjoying the macro feature on my new camera – to see the detail, please click on any photo and zoom in, especially on the enormous bee!

I searched for a new, to me, poem about Autumn and came across this one which suited today’s experience perfectly.  I hope you enjoy it too.

A Day In Autumn –  by Ronald Stuart Thomas

It will not always be like this, 
The air windless, a few last
Leaves adding their decoration
To the trees’ shoulders, braiding the cuffs
Of the boughs with gold; a bird preening

In the lawn’s mirror. Having looked up
From the day’s chores, pause a minute, 
Let the mind take its photograph
Of the bright scene, something to wear
Against the heart in the long cold. 


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Misty Walk Amid Beauty

Now and then the sun crept out through the mist which lay in the valleys on our way to Trelissick and covered the water completely as we started our stroll. Join us on this beautiful walk and imagine the peace. Click on any photo for the caption and an enlargement.

This post is for S, whose birthday is today and for V whose birthday is tomorrow because both of them love this place and are both too far away.


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Visit, Walk and Dessert

Our eldest daughter has been down for the day for her birthday which is tomorrow and happily this year it has coincided with Mother’s Day. We spent the afternoon on a lovely long walk out of Trelissick along the river through the woods and back up again.  Join us on our peaceful stroll. Please click on any photo for detail.

We had a delicious Birthday dinner of Chicken Adobo followed by Chocolate Torte.IMG_9374


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Trelissick Treasures, Soup and Clock and No-one puts their children in a boat

Before I met some lovely friends for a coffee in the cafe at Trelissick I had a brisk walk around the garden. Here are a few of the delights therein.

We had a delicious soup for lunch after the lovely Mr S returned home from working on the boat in bitter if bright weather.

Carrot and Orange Soup

Carrot and Orange Soup

It was a full moon on Sunday so I was able to set the Moon and Tide clock that was one of my birthday presents. We were in Barcelona for the last full moon so this was my first opportunity.  I shall really enjoy watching the progress of the moon and planning outings based on the tide.

Moon and Tide clock

Moon and Tide clock, made from recycled flowerpots!


I am listening to BBC Radio 4 as I prepare this post. The following poem has just been quoted from. It is in a book about to be published called, I think, ‘Poems which make women cry.’

Warsan Shire, a Somali-British writer and poet in her 20s, uses her work to explore stories of escape and journeys. The poem below, entitled “Home”, is written from the perspective of someone escaping violence, and losing their home. Not only is Shire a very talented writer, this poem is also a powerful answer to common claims that asylum seekers are moving for economic reasons, or because they just feel like it. The majority of the Syrian people who have attempted to enter Europe in recent months were legitimately fearing for their lives, and felt like they had no other choice.  You can find the whole harrowing poem here. It is well worth reading.

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled 
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten


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W B Yeats, Trelissick Gardens and Chocolate

It’s Valentine’s Day today and we both liked this brief poem called ‘A Drinking Song’ by W B Yeats that we heard on the radio this morning:

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.


Our lovely Son-in-law doesn’t do Valentine’s Day! He says every day is Valentine’s in their house and we have adopted the same saying! I did get us a tiny heart shaped tin of chocolates to share.(It really is tiny despite the photo!)   Later in the afternoon we had a walk around Trelissick Gardens which was lovely. Do join us!


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