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Greenfinch, Edible Garden and Baking

This is the first time this year that we have seen the Greenfinch at the feeder.

Our edible garden is blooming . We can’t keep up with it all.

This afternoon I have baked, over Skype, with LiveWire No 3 who is now 9 years old. T chose the recipe and we cooked along together, all sorts of ‘homeschooling’ going on without anyone noticing –  reading and maths, chemistry and problem solving! T’s ganache turned out much better than mine!  We now have the most delicious Chocolate Mud cake in each of our homes! I’ll decorate the rest of it with Violas tomorrow – and the second layer when friends call by for tea in the garden on Friday. It was a brilliant afternoon that we both enjoyed enormously. It’s my turn to choose the recipe for next week. That one will take some beating!

T’s Chocolate Mud Cake, double layers

Just one layer split for us, the other piece being frozen for another time.

 

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Nurses’ Day, Sewing and My Mum

It’s International Nurses’ Day so let’s hear it for Nurses all over the world who do such a remarkable job day after day in ordinary times as well as in extraordinary times. 

Last night I sewed the buttons onto my last four scrub caps which will be collected by Cornwall Scrubs for distribution soon. A friend posted two caps for me the other day and yesterday  I received a message of thanks from a Nurse on ICU in Doncaster whose Mum has been a very dear friend of mine for many, many years.

Yesterday I posted a photograph of my lovely Mum and one of my cousins who lives in Australia wrote a comment about how alike our Mum and her Dad were at similar ages. I think they looked alike from being very young as the following old photo, taken in about 1920, shows.

 

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World Heart Day, Twins and Kindness

Forty two years ago yesterday, September 29th 1977, the older of our baby twins was operated on to save his life. He was 13 days old and the surgeon described his aorta as being as narrow as the inner tube of a biro. That wonderful surgeon, Mr Devereux, saved D’s life. I am reminded of this as a friend mentioned that yesterday was World Heart Day.

That lovely boy, who had to undergo two more heart operations, the second at 6 months and the final one at two and a half, is now the father of twins himself, LiveWires 5 and 6.

Shape sorting

The most important thing for us all to learn, in my mind, is to be kind.The following is what I wish for all our LiveWires.

 

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in family, Grandchildren, Kindness, Postaday 2019

 

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Tea-Pot, Grand Nephew and Window Box

A delicious herbal tea was served to Daughter No 2 in this delightful half pot with the cup below.

We met up in Truro with our nephew and family on holiday here from Munich. T became bored with the conversation and went to gaze out of the window. He loves his Harry Kane shirt!

The window boxes outside the King William pub in Truro were quite magnificent.

 

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Breakfast, Glass and Sea Glass

Breakfast for LiveWire 4, designed by herself, Banana  and Blueberry Pancake with the biggest strawberry on  top,  with  cream  and  maple  syrup.

Her next design was with glass, choosing the colours and pieces that went together with the piece of brooch that she had brought before their holiday in the Scilly isles.  I shall make it for her in the next week or two.

She also chose a piece of sea-glass from all those she had collected on the beaches they visited when on holiday.

What a fabulous collection for me to work with in future pieces.  Thank you to the family for collecting so many beautiful bits for me.

 
 

Paddling, Painting and Sculpting

Off to St Mawes again today for lunch with my brother and his wife and our youngest daughter, her partner and LiveWire No 4. Paddling and ice creams were the things of choice in the heatwave that is now blowing across the UK.

I enjoyed watching an artist on the road with his palette, painting, I think, one of the pretty cottages but not the sea.

At the beginning of June it was Open Studios and we visited a Woodland Sculpture Garden where I fell in love with a beautiful piece, ‘Finger Labyrinth.’   It has not left my mind and I have pictured it in our garden. Today we went back and bought it and it is now exactly where I had envisioned it and it is perfect.  The garden was great fun for LiveWire No 3 who made her own sculptures.

 

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Glass Class, Playing and The Beach

Another lovely LiveWire day starting with them wanting to learn how to make something in glass. I cut the pieces for shooting stars for them both, they foiled the pieces and we started the soldering . We will finish that tomorrow afternoon or Friday morning.They both worked so hard!

Foiling

Beginning to solder

We went off to Heartlands to have lunch and then to play on the brilliant equipment like many other families.

Balancing

Landing after balancing across the blocks

Later we took a trip to our nearest and favourite beach, Porthtowan,  to play at damming up the stream, making pools and diverting the stream. I loved doing this as a kid, again with our four and now with the LiveWires. It isn’t something that you can grow out of  – or would ever want to!

Collecting water

Diverting the stream

 

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Carn Brea, Secret Garden and Blossom

We have two LiveWires with us! This morning we went up to Carn Brea from where both the North and South coast seas can be seen. The youngsters love climbing on the (treacherous!) rocks and I have to bite my tongue. Their rock climbing and survival skills are impressive!

On top of Carn Brea

Rocks and Redruth

In the afternoon we took the children to the unique and wonderful Minack Theatre just above Porthcurno to see The Secret Garden which was an absolute delight.

As the play ended

Porthcurno Beach

Blossom abounds everywhere at the moment.

Gorse

Blackthorn, identified by HeyJude for me.

 

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Robin, Eden Project and Snow!

What a day! I drove up to the Eden Project to meet Daughter No 3 and LiveWire No 4 and we had a splendid day with the rain falling heavily outside while we explored the Biomes. As we went in for lunch, a Robin appeared to say Hello!

Friendly Robin

Join us having fun by clicking on the photos in the gallery.

As we were leaving the rain turned to sleet and before we had reached the shop, it was a full blown blizzard and in no time at all were were covered. We were in different car-parks and agreed to meet at home but when I tried to leave the cars in front were slipping and sliding and it became clear that none of us were going anywhere. The lovely staff called us to go back to the cafe where they would find us coffees so off we went – but L wasn’t there. In her 4×4 she had managed to leave the site only to realise that I was stuck (longer story!) and she came back for me. Thirty or forty others are spending the night at Eden while we are safely home, the journey of 50 mins taking us more than 2 hours! On that hazardous drive we saw many abandoned cars and vans and came across a old man hitching as he too had left his car on the side of the road. We have him a lift to his junction, a few miles, and very close to his home and he was very grateful indeed.

As the snow started

Being driven home

 

Thank you Letter, Glass and My Dad

Our kids invariably complained when asked to write Thank you letters but I know they meant something special to my Mum and Dad as I discovered a box full of them when we sorted Dad’s things many years ago.  I know even more now how special they were as on Saturday we received a beautiful Thank you letter from one of our LiveWires. It will go into my ‘things to keep’ box.

On the back it says, “Thank you Granny and Grandgrand xx

For Christmas I received all the equipment I need to make pretty glass things without going to more classes. I have just finished my first piece done at home. It will look better hanging with the light through it but I have yet to source the rings for that purpose.

New glass piece with upcycled earrings

On this day in 1916 my Dad was born. He died in December 2004. It doesn’t matter how long ago you lost someone, there are moments when their loss feels like yesterday. We are so lucky to have all his books on our shelves so he is always with us.

Pueblo story-teller and novels by David Wiseman

 

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