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Pinetum Gardens, Reflections and Robert Graves

We discovered a delightful garden, Pinetum Gardens in St Austell, today. We have been in many times to the Nursery and to see the Snowdrops at this time of year but never in to the whole gardens and it was a real pleasure, despite the heavy shower!  I loved both the Winter Garden and the Japanese garden and the poem which we found on display.

Snowdrops

 

Poetry is a feature of the gardens and there is even a special little poetry writing hut with some lovely poems written by visitors and with these words from one of the owners.

I had never read this quirky little poem by Robert Graves before and I love it!

Robert Graves poem in the grounds

There is so much more to see………….

 

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Trelissick Walk on a Windy Winter Day

After a lovely chatty lunch in the cafe with a dear friend, a walk around the gardens at Trelissick in between the very heavy showers was just the thing.

From the Tennis courts across Channals Creek to Falmouth

 

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My Dad, Marmalade and Welly Dog

The rain has been relentless today so, in honour of my Dad whose birthday it is today, we have made more Marmalade using the Seville Oranges I froze a week ago. Dad was the marmalade maker in our house as I was growing up so he is always with me in the kitchen at this time of year as we take advantage of the new crop of Sevilles as they come into the shops for their all-too-brief season. He is with me in the smells and the preparation, the chopping up and the boiling and in the delighted satisfaction with all the golden jars that will last us a year (with the rest made last week!) The two tiny jars are ‘Breakfast-in-bed’ jars!  There are more on the shelves from the last batch……

Jars and jars of the delicious stuff

A frozen orange with ice blobs

I mentioned the incessant  rain …. Welly Dog smiles in all weathers and I love him to bits though Muker, our copper Rook whom we bought in the village of that name in North Yorkshire many years ago, looks somewhat forlorn, though he too is much loved.

Welly dog and Muker through a rain-soaked window

 

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Christmas Present, Waves and Sunset

What a joy! I have had a proper camera in my hands today thanks to a dear friend who has lent me her Nikon Coolpix until my faulty Canon is mended or I have bought a new Nikon, my preferred make, having been let down by three, yes, three (!) Canons which have all had a ‘lens error’, two outside warranty. Thank you so much. M.

So, here goes, photos from today when the lovely Mr S took me out to straighten out my wires and for us to spend our Garden token Christmas present. We found several air cleaning house plants as on NASA’s list and are very happy with them.Thanks L, T and B.

Plants from Trevenna Cross Nursery

From there we went first to Pentreath where the surfers were enjoying the waves and thence to Mount’s Bay, a perennial favourite, and watched the sunset.

Surfer enjoying the waves at Pentreath

 

 

 

 

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Signs of Spring and A Door

Walking up from town today we passed a couple of gardens where Spring was beginning to show – a Crocus in bloom and a Daffodil about to do the same.

First Crocus

Early Daffodil

I am having to use my camera phone as my camera has broken – my new camera, bought in October. It let me down before Christmas and I have been struggling on since, feeling very frustrated. I kept getting a ‘lens error’ message so we went to Exeter last week to take it back, under warranty, and it is being sent back to Canon. I am not happy about it! Apparently this is a common error so I am awaiting their response. I am looking for another camera – outrageous I know but I am lost without a decent camera and repair, even if they agree to do it, could take 3 weeks or more! In the meantime, I am using my camera phone and not happy with the results so here I go again, researching the possibilities. I loved my old Nikon and may get another…….

We passed this door on our way up the hill – Christmas still here!

Christmas door down the road

 

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Shadows, Raindrops and Blue Sky

Going down the lane towards St Euny Church for our walk today, the low sun shadows were beautiful.

I love raindrops highlighted by the sun.

Raindrops

Although it was very cold and the wind bitter, there was a wonderfully blue sky and when caught in sunbeams, a lovely feeling of apricity.

Yellow gorse and blue sky

Wheal Uny

 

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Full Moon, Tree of Life and Venetian Masks

Very late on Tuesday evening the clouds parted and allowed me to get some photos of the full moon, a super moon and one of two this month. I loved this photo where somehow I made a double image.

Super moons

We received a present today, a most beautiful Navajo rug with the Tree of Life woven in. We are overwhelmed and need to find the right place to hang it so that we see it every day but where the sun cannot cause any fading.

Tree of Life

This evening was our first visit to the Venetian room at The Penventon Hotel and I was entranced by all the masks. We were there for an Introductory talk on Vedic meditation.

Masks

 

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