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Eggs, Post Box Topper and A Wish

Yesterday, friends at choir said they had eggs if we would like them. Fresh eggs? Of course! I had no idea they were so beautiful until I opened the box to put them on the egg rack. The paler ones are the loveliest pale blue that isn’t showing too well..

Regular readers will know how I love the knitted post box toppers that turn up on Facebook from time to time. This time, one turned up on our road! It has been made by Jessica and is an absolute delight – Cup Cake Tea.

For Star Wars fans, “May the 4th be with you.”

 

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Sunset, Spires and Ice Cream Cones

We spent a very happy hour with the Mac technician in Truro who solved all the problems with our laptop and all with patience and good humour. So now, here is the sunset photo I wanted to show you yesterday. It’s a bit fuzzy, taken through the window, but you get the very dramatic fieriness.

Today the sky was blue and walking around Truro again after many months, was a joy. Here are the spires of the Cathedral.

 

There was a delightful window display in one of my favourite shops –

 

Knitting, Narcissi and A Poem

Our niece had a baby recently so I’ve made some Sally-boots for our Grand niece, her big brother having had some a couple of years ago.

Yesterday’s wild wind blew some of our front garden narcissi off their stalks.

The poet laureate, Simon Armitage has written about the Ukraine invasion. The link is an article in The Guardian about him.

 

Resistance
It’s war again: a family
carries its family out of a pranged house
under a burning thatch.

The next scene smacks
of archive newsreel: platforms and trains
(never again, never again),

toddlers passed
over heads and shoulders, lifetimes stowed
in luggage racks.

It’s war again: unmistakable smoke
on the near horizon mistaken
for thick fog. Fingers crossed.

An old blue tractor
tows an armoured tank
into no-man’s land.

It’s the ceasefire hour: godspeed the columns
of winter coats and fur-lined hoods,
the high-wire walk

over buckled bridges
managing cases and bags,
balancing west and east – godspeed.

It’s war again: the woman in black
gives sunflower seeds to the soldier, insists
his marrow will nourish

the national flower. In dreams
let bullets be birds, let cluster bombs
burst into flocks.

False news is news
with the pity
edited out. It’s war again:

an air-raid siren can’t fully mute
the cathedral bells –
let’s call that hope.

Simon Armitage

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2022 in craft, nature, Peace, Photography, poetry

 

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Storm, Topper and Peace

Such a wild, stormy afternoon that gave us this view from our rainy window.

Today I was shown another photo of a post-box topper.

Post box topper from Pelton, Co Durham

A friend sent this video for us.

 

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Post Box, New Word and Stardust

Knitters and crocheters around Britain make post box toppers to mark all sorts of occasions. I really love this one photographed in Cornwall (not by me) showing the care of Cornwall for Ukraine. .

A new word came my way. I think it’s very descriptive, a word that is ‘ripe for revival!’.

I am enchanted by the thought that each of us is 93% stardust!.

 

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Curtain, Eccles Cakes and Piranesi

The curtain may not be conventionally beautiful but it represents hours of work, learning from Youtube, various frustrations and ultimately, satisfaction. I’ve made clothes since I was 14. I’ve been making curtains since I was 21 and furnishing our first flat but I have never made a box lined door curtain from velvet before and it was certainly a challenge. It now hangs from the rising portiere curtain rod that the lovely Mr S fitted last week in our sitting room and now, hopefully,  we will be protected from the draughts.

I’ve made some more Eccles cakes, much loved by the aforementioned Mr S.

I have just finished reading the  most magical novel, utterly entrancing and one which will be in my mind for some time.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2022 in baking, Postaday2022, sewing

 

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Daffodils, Owl and Thuma Mina

There are daffodils alongside the roadside all over the place in Cornwall now  but it is hard to catch a photo from a moving car so here are some we bought from the local greengrocer.

I just love this shawl. What a clever crocheter!

Here is the singing I promised nearly a week ago . I hope you enjoy it.

 
 

Glass Work

I’ve spent all day making three glass angels and here they are.

 

Figures, Sculpture and Cakes

You’ll know my glass angels are  in a pop-up gallery at the moment. Here is another section of the exhibition. I love these two pieces.

Made by Ann Butland

Yesterday we went to another exhibition, The Village.

My choir leader, Claire Ingleheart composed the music and put together the sounds –  bird song, voices and music. There were short films, photographs and small sculptures and the whole effect was very moving and a reminder of the bleakness and the anxiety of the lockdowns. This was balanced by the positivity of some of the contributors, including one of our own LiveWires. It was delightful to hear her voice around us as we examined the exhibits.

By Trish O’Shea

We were so busy yesterday that I didn’t have time to make my usual Coffee Cake for today’s Redruth Market so this morning, I made a dozen Coffee Cupcakes. I was in such a hurry to get them to the market that I forgot to take a photo. Believe me when I say they  were very beautiful with piped coffee cream. These are the roughly iced ones I kept for us!

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2021 in art, Photography, Postaday2021, sculpture, sewing

 

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Yellow, Tree Spinach and A Quilt

Our Patty Pan squash on the allotment are prolific (or profilic as we used to say in our family) and today I have made a scrumptious batch of soup, Creamy Summer Squash Soup and have three  pints to freeze along with just one pint of Runner Bean Soup. (Sadly, our beans are not very prolific this year.)

We had stir fried garlicky Tree Spinach with dinner tonight. Delicious!

Chenopodium giganteum wilting in the garlic butter

Making one of these quilts is on my bucket list!

Bookcase Quilt

 
 

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