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Post Box Topper, Street Furniture and Flowers

As our local children start the new school year, our local knitter has produced another lovely post box topper in honour of Rick, our crossing man who sees children and adults alike safely over the road. 

We loved how this piece of street furniture has been made special with the brass cut-out of Truro Cathedral on the sides.

There are still lots of Cosmos and Dahlias flowering at the allotment so we picked a bunch to enjoy at home.

 

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Bees, Twins and Crochet

We spent all morning at the allotment – harvesting onions, picking beans, planting some more squash and weeding, weeding and weeding! All the time, the bees were buzzing about and were about all we could hear.

Bee in courgette flower

We have twin Cosmos and twin onions! When going for breakfast the other day, I spotted a delightful post box topper on a roundabout in Truro but couldn’t get a good photo. M, who lives near the box, took this photo for me. I really love the wacky seagulls and octopus.Thanks, M.

 

Gold, Salad Leaves and Baby Blanket

The seed heads of the Nelly Moser clematis are like spun gold in the morning sunshine.

I’m loving picking fresh lettuce almost every day, organic and full of goodness. Here it is in the salad spinner.

I’ve almost finished the baby blanket I showed you a few days ago, just lots of ends to be sewn in…….Next one is on the way and all using up what’s already in my stash!

 

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Roses, Red Car and An Exhibition

These roses in a neighbour’s garden smell as good as they look.

As we walked down into town, a bride and groom, just married, drove up in a beautiful, bright red car, all  beribboned and ballooned .

There was a delightful exhibition called Treasures of Redruth in the Market Hall today.

Here are some of the lovely treasures.

 

Knitting, Crochet and Petunias

I heard today that our local hospital is again, after covid, collecting traffic light hats and bonding squares for new-borns so I delivered them to my knitting shop, the collection point.

I was in need of inspiration some weeks ago and read about  crocheting to help victims of domestic abuse. “Can you crochet in June for Refuge? Changing a life starts with one small step. Take up the challenge and raise vital life saving funds for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.” The challenge is to crochet every day in June, sell, raffle or otherwise donate to raise funds so every evening I have been making granny squares. Here are the first set, ready to be joined and have a border added to make a pram blanket. .

Yesterday we bought some petunias for a front door pot to complement our Suffragette garden but it has been much too hot to plant today.

 

Blueberries, Postbox Topper and A Cardiologist

I  read a new recipe on Facebook and it sounded so good, I had to make it – Blueberry Crumble Bars. Here’s where you can find the recipe. As I often do, I made a few (healthy) changes which I can tell you about if you ask in the comments.

 

Another postbox topper has appeared in our street, to celebrate the upcoming Jubilee. I consider my self to be a citizen not a subject and I am not a Royalist but I do admire the skill and dedication that has gone into making this beautiful piece. The maker knows I am putting this on here today.

Today I read about Dr. Helen Taussig, the founder of the field of paediatric cardiology. She was born on May 24th 1898 and had to struggle to become a Doctor. You can read more about her here   Dr. Taussig was one of the innovative cardiologists in history and developed a medical procedure that saved the lives of tens of thousands of ‘blue’ babies. It is because of another cardiologist that we have our son who as a baby had to undergo three heart operations, at 13 days, 6 months and 18 months.  The cardiologist and the surgeon have our everlasting thanks.

 

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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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