Category Archives: craft

Sea Air and Winslow, Arizona

We needed sea air today and went to Godrevy for ice creams and a stroll breathing in the wonderful fresh air.

On our trip, we stopped off in Winslow, Arizona for a break. I love spotting murals in the small towns and also found a butterfly. The hotel, La Posada, is such a lovely spot, full of beautiful things. Enjoy the gallery.



Post Box Topper, A Rubbing and Tomatoes 26/7/23

Sadly, our family visit was a flying one but at least the days they were here we had sunshine and lots of laughs and fun.  Today it has rained almost non-stop.

Just along the road is a delightful new post box topper of bees and a beehive.

We have less wall space than we had in our last house and have some art works in leaning piles. This lovely rubbing was given to us 50+ years ago by a college friend when he came back from Thailand. It is now on its way to a new wall.

We picked a handful of tomatoes yesterday and ate them in BLTs for lunch before the family left.



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New Bag, Weeding Day at Roots and A Machine

Again, I spent the first couple of hours volunteering at home and made a really beautiful veggie bag out of some offcuts of Laura Ashley material that we had curtains of in our last house.

It was all hands on deck today to get rid of the weeds that have sprung up since the rain this last week. Enjoy the gallery and click on any photo for the caption. I didn’t get into the poly tunnels at all today as after weeding I was pricking out lots more baby brassica plants.

I just love these cauliflower harvesting machines and today we managed to get a photo as we let it into the queue.



Dylan Thomas, Roots and A Day Lily

Last week we were in Penzance for the Lit Fest and spotted the following plaque noting the marriage of Dylan Thomas, my favourite poet, to Caitlin on this day in 1937 in this lovely house in Penzance.

Plaque to Dylan Thomas and Caitlin who were married here in 1937

Another very pleasing day at Roots. My first two hours were spent at home again making another veg bag and then I joined the lovely Mr S and the other volunteers. I pricked out a tray of Romanesco cauliflower babies the seeds of which I planted only a week ago. My second tray was of swedes which I had not known until last week are also of the brassica family. The growth every week is remarkable. Click on any photo for a larger view and the caption.

We love Day Lilies.

Day Lily


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Salad, Poster and A Post Box Topper

I’m loving being able to make new salady dishes with food we have grown. This recipe was from BBC Good Food and is cucumber and  fennel in a sour cream and vinegar sauce. It was delicious! Our evening meal of a locally made pie  also had homegrown potato salad and homegrown leaves. Pud is another meringue filled with creme fraiche and homegrown tayberries and black currants from the garden.

I love that, despite everything going on, Ukrainians in Kyiv are having a book festival. Brilliant  poster.

A lovely friend has sent me a photo of a delightful postbox topper near her in Truro.


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Flags, Flowers and A Carving

The Penzance Literary Festival began today and we went to hear the writer, Catrina Davies, talk about her remarkable book, Once Upon a Raven’s Nest.  I wrote about the book here when I first read it. The town was looking lovely with hanging baskets of flowers and beautiful flags everywhere. As we were leaving, I spotted a carved tree and just managed to snap it as we turned the corner. I wasn’t driving!


Community Roots Today

Such a lot of growing going on! I did my first two hours volunteering at home and made another bag. I arrived in time to help chop some veg for the delicious soup we shared for lunch, did some potting on of little shrubs and walked about taking photos of the amazing growth  and some of the harvest. Enjoy the gallery.


Craftivism, Festival and A Sky Kiss

I love my town! There are always interesting things to be joining in with! Today I went back to Kresen Kernow where my choirs sang Songs of Rebellion as part of the Rebellious Sounds event being organised by Dreadnaught South West. Today we were making badges to celebrate women. Of course, I chose to honour my Great Granny, the Suffragette. My badge isn’t quite finished but you can see the beginnings in the photo of the table where we were working. I’ll show you when I’ve found time to finish it.

As  we finished I went off to meet the lovely Mr S just up the road in St Rumon Gardens, as one of our favourite local and very lively bands, The Devil’s Hatband, was about to play as part of the town’s Murdoch Day Festival.   The town was buzzing!

I stepped to the front of the audience to catch the photos.

Later, I was  called out into our garden to see the sky kiss.


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Songs of Rebellion and Glass Work

Yesterday  my choirs performed in Redruth at Kresen Kernow, a beautiful building that used to be the old brewery and is now a library of all Cornish archives. We were there to celebrate .an exhibition of stories about women in the South West and to sing our songs of rebellion and those about Cornish women. It was brilliant! The audience loved us and gave us a standing ovation!

This afternoon I have been helping our lovely artist neighbour with a project she and her brother are making for a festival in Glasgow, huge mirror ball faces and I’ve been helping to cut the glass and fill in some repairs on the old heads.


More Bags, New Tool and Crinodendron

A cloudy day today so it has been perfect for spending the day sewing. I’ve made two more veggie bags for Roots and made a small modification which I’m very pleased with. The really bright fabric on the left hand side is fabric from Senegal and I love it. .

The lovely Mr S has been working on replacing our bird feeder station which had rusted away. He called me to see his new magnetic spirit level in action.

Our Crinodendron, otherwise known as Lantern Tree,  is magnificent this year. The wind has blown lots of blooms down so I thought you should have a photo while it is still lovely. One of my blogging friends, Hey Jude,  posted a fascinating piece about her tree which I have saved for today to share with you. Do visit. Her photos are brilliant.


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