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Herb Garden, Chimneys and Book No 5

It’s my Mum’s birthday today and, of course, she has been in my mind especially today. I was thinking about what I had learned from her – about gardening, cooking, being forgiving, being kind and above all, finding the good in everyone and the beauty in everything. Mum always had a herb garden close to the kitchen as we do too.

Mum also collected old chimneys to plant up and I have inherited them. You can see just a few in the next photo.

Some of Mum’s chimneys, this front one with Heliotrope still in flower on 5th November and planted every year to remember Mum

Mum’s father was Welsh, she was half Welsh and I am one quarter Welsh. My book today is Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. When I was very young we used to listen to this fabulous confection of words and magical imagination on two vinyl records and I heard it often.  Later I was bought the tapes and later still, I chose to teach it as part of the GCSE English literature course. I know it almost by heart.

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas on vinyl

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas on cassette tapes

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

 

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Day 18 – Together

Friday 20th September 2018

A peaceful family day with  lots of relaxing and chatting together, sharing recipes  and family stuff. On our walk for lunch we spotted a tiny door in the wall….

Cakes to make; I’ll be trying the Hummingbird Cake!

Door…

Lunch was a delicious and very American burger.

Best Burger

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in America, baking, family, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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St Ives by Train, Tides and A Lane

We are so very lucky! After seeing Daughter No 3 and her L:iveWire off at 6am we then met up with the Munich contingent of our family and went by train to St Ives where we had a lovely relaxed family day cementing relationships and having lots of laughs. We ended the day in Porthtowan enjoying delicious MooMaid ice-creams. Click on any photo in the gallery for the caption and a bigger view.

Tide in as we arrived

Tide out as we left

 

Truro Station, Tea-Cups, Cornish Lane and Dessert

I must be a glutton for punishment but suddenly, I couldn’t let P&V get on the train this morning without waving them off so we went to Truro Station this morning to do just that. For some reason, it was less sad than last night and felt right.

Children’s art in the station foyer

Afterwards we went to Trelissick for some  R&R and lunch in the old house which was a special treat. I loved the clock in the dining room and plan on trying to make one like it.

Tea-cup clock

The drive home through the lanes is always beautiful.

Sunlight through the trees

We went to Porthtowan for supper with the Munich contingent and had a beautifully presented ‘dessert’ made by the little cousins.

Flower dessert

 

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Tea Set, By The Sea and Goodbyes

For many years, when we lived in Yorkshire,  I worked for two weekends in June as the ‘cash and wrap’ lady for Jane and Ted Hamlyn’s selling weekend. As payment, I always received beautiful pieces of Jane Hamlyn’s salt glazed pottery and I have the loveliest collection of her pots and some of Ted’s paintings.  One year, she made a tea set for a customer and then one for me for Grandchildren that we hoped to have but of whom there was as yet no sign. Now we have some and this week we have given the tea-set to B, LiveWire No 4. She has played with it every day and is delighted with it.

Jane Hamlyn Tea-set

We had lunch today at The Blue Bar with B, LiveWire No 4 and her Mum, Daughter No 3, my beloved Brother and his wife. Here is B, looking for her little cousins on the beach.


LiveWire No4 at the window of the Blue Bar

We have said Goodbye to my kid Brother and my beloved SiL today who leave on the train tomorrow morning and I am very sad. We have had a brilliant time and very soon I will be able to focus on that. Right now I am sad.

 

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2018 in art, family, Grandchildren, Postaday2018

 

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Poem, Cream Tea, Sign and Flower Paints

A beautiful poem came my way today and in these days of terrible stories of how refugees are being treated around the world, gives us all pause for thought.  It is Red Brocade by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952. I have shown others of her poems here and have loved each one of hers that I have read.  Thanks, P.

The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
where he’s come from,
where he’s headed.
That way, he’ll have strength
enough to answer.
Or, by then you’ll be
such good friends
you don’t care.

Let’s go back to that.
Rice? Pine nuts?
Here, take the red brocade pillow.
My child will serve water
to your horse.

No, I was not busy when you came!
I was not preparing to be busy.
That’s the armor everyone put on
to pretend they had a purpose
in the world.

I refuse to be claimed.
Your plate is waiting.
We will snip fresh mint
into your tea.

We took Cornish Cream Tea to our German family who are staying in Porthtowan this afternoon. It was the first time the children had had such a treat and they loved it – splits, homemade Strawberry Freezer jam and Cornish clotted cream!

Split with jam and cream

This delightful sign was on the beach today. Thanks, S, for the photo.Sign on Porthtowan Beach

LiveWire No 4 came home with us for tea and bedtime to give her Mum a break. Before tea, she helped me with the deadheading, loving to collect all the colours together. She then started to add their colours to her drawing and we were all delighted with the resultant colours.

Painting with flower petals

 

 

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Playing, Drinking and Eating

Oh, these family days are fun! Today was spent very happily with Daughter No 3 and her LiveWire with all manner of imaginative games and dinner tonight was with my kid brother and SiL at a local hostelry where the food is excellent and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming.

Playing jump up and down the steps

Good wine

Pavlova to share!

 

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