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Cornish Mizzle and Dew-drops

We walked early this morning hoping to beat the forecast rain. We could see the clouds over Carn Brea, so thick we couldn’t see the castle and the mizzle soaked us through before we made it home but dew-dropped leaves and grasses, spiders’ webs and flowers made for some pleasing photo opportunities.

 

Green Field, A View and Confetti

On our walk around the back we have been watching the progress of a field from ploughed to sown to the tiny shoots and now, the grains appearing and creating a view as if an impressionist painting.

Carn Brea Castle in the distance

Further around the walk the views go for miles across farmland to the sea.

St Euny Chuch and beyond some engine house chimneys and beyond that, the sea

The rain has taken nearly all the blooms from the Crinodendron. Now they are on the grass and the little table looking like confetti.

 

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Today’s Walk to Killifreth

We live in Cornwall, in the middle of what was the richest area in the world  for copper and tin mining in the 18th and 19th centuries and we are surrounded by the iconic engine houses, one of which we walked to yesterday. Today we visited one of the most elegant of all the relics around, Killifreth. Click on any image for a bigger picture and the explanatory caption.

Killifreth

 

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Join Us On Our Most Joyful Walk

We visited our favourite spot today, Chapelporth with a walk up the cliffs to Wheal Coates.The cafe is not yet open so no Croque Monsieur or Ice-cream Hedgehogs…. Click on any photo for a bigger view and the caption.

 

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A Family, Monkeys, A Special Meal and A Recipe

On our walk today, we were overtaken by a young family that we know, all out on their bikes, the littles one being towed. They were off to do the whole Great Flat Lode. We walk just a small section. It isn’t flat, by the way. This section is quite a steep hill.

In between showers, we have managed to plant up the Monkey planter and it looks lovely against the newly painted wall, which is cream rather than white but looks white in the photo. A local artist, Jeremy Beswick, made this precious basket for me many years ago.

We are ‘going out’ for dinner again tonight, collecting a Confit Duck meal from The Royal Oak in Perranwell. Here is this week’s menu.

I have put the recipe for Strawberry Freezer Jam on my recipe pages today.  It’s very easy and totally scrumptious.

 

 

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Squirrel, Lane and A New Book

Because squirrels kept eating the bird food, we bought a baffle to stop them,

However when I came down this morning, there was a squirrel feasting on the bird food! We think he may have jumped from Welly Dog up to the ring on the feeder – clever little beast!

The lane we love is getting darker and darker as the oak tree leaves get thicker – and it was a very grey day today.

Sunday is our day for reading stories to the little LiveWires in Barcelona. They have loved the monster book that our dear friend lent us, “When a Monster is Born” so much that we thought we would add to their Monster education by getting ”Not Now, Bernard” for them too. We read this to our own four some 40 years ago and it is still a best seller. They loved it!

There was a peaceful and socially distanced Black Lives Matter demonstration in Falmouth today that, but for the virus, we would have been at. Instead, we lit a candle which we burned for almost nine minutes. Our son in Barcelona and his (Senegalese) 12 year old daughter were at the event in Barcelona which was very well attended.

 

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The Sea, Poppies and A Front Door

We love the sea in all its moods but the bitter wind today made our visit very brief.

I tried to take photos of the poppies in the dunes but they wouldn’t keep still in the wild winds so here is a brief video for you.

Our front door looks magnificent, beautifully painted and with its new brass door furniture fitted.

 

 

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Clematis, Supper and A Poem

We have a number of Clematis over the arch in the vegetable garden and this year the purple ones, Warsaw Nike,  are the most floriferous that they have ever been,eight flowers already and a dozen buds to come.

Tonight’s supper of Chicken Korma and Aloo Sag with Onion Bhajis was scrumptious.

The poet, Brian Bilston, has given me permission to post his new poem here. It’s for all of us who are outraged at the current circumstances, for those of us who have spent a life protesting and who are still at it when we can. A group of us, choir friends, would have been at the Black Lives Matter protests on Sunday morning but as we are self isolating, we will be lighting candles instead. I think it was written for our Dear friend, Ti, too.

 

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Beliefs, Honeysuckle and Elderflowers

I love this poster designed by a friend.

At the moment, our regular walk is around the Flat Lode trail where there are so many different tracks that we are spoilt for choice. There was a lane where the Bluebells were the dominant flower, now that is mostly green. There’s another track that has been packed with Foxgloves which are just beginning to go over. Our favourite track right now is one we have called Honeysuckle Alley as it is a narrow lane lined with the plants where the wonderful scent of the Honeysuckle is almost overpowering.

We collected lots of Elderflower blossoms on the walk and they are now steeping in the syrup, ready for the cordial to be bottled up tomorrow.

For other bloggers, I’m finding the new block system quite irritating! I can’t see a proper preview any more so can’t check how it’s going to look. Titles seem to get lost sometimes – perhaps I just have to keep learning!!

 

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Pinks, Purple and Oranges

 

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