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Baking, Playing and Planting

We decorated the cake

Exploring caves at Chapel Porth – photo by LR

Fun on the beach – photo by LR

Cousins running down the lane to the allotment

Planting flowers brought by their aunt – to be visited every year, we hope.

 

 

Easter Tree, Welly Dogs and Ice Creams

Our lovely five year old twin LiveWires arrived in the early hours having flown from Barcelona and after a late breakfast, decorated our little Easter tree for us.

We had a walk into town and they enjoyed meeting  our resident Tinners’ Hounds aka Welly Dogs.

After lunch we met the rest of the family on the beach at Porthtowan where they all had fun playing on the beach and later had ice creams.

Choosing their flavours

 

 

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Beautiful Day, New Book and A Poem

What a glorious day! After after our walk this afternoon we sat by the sea in the sunshine  and listened to the shushing of waves on the shingle – such joy.

I have a new poetry book “A Poet for Every Day of the Year” and I love it. It is a truly eclectic collection of 366 poets from all over the world, some of whom I know and many that I don’t. Each one comes with a mini-biography and it is all quite fascinating-.

It is my Dear Dad’s birthday today so I will share with you the delightful poem, new to me as is the poet, that is for January 13th. I think my Dad would have enjoyed this one. .

 

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Window, Fruit and Marmalade Making

On our way back from buying the Seville oranges from our super greengrocer this morning, I spotted an upper window with the following message – good advice..

We bought enough oranges for five recipes worth, two batches today, two tomorrow and one amount frozen for later in the year.  That should last us a year for ourselves and some gifts.

Beautiful Seville Oranges from #TheGrowbox

First two batches made today,  5 x 1lb jars, 10 x middle sized ones and 13 x tiny ones for special breakfasts of one sort  or another. I love how the process and the smells of the marmalade bring my Dear Dad into the kitchen with me. He was the marmalade maker as I grew up. It was he who encouraged me and watched as I made a batch to earn my badge at Guides.

Still needing labels

 

Happy Christmas, Special Visit and More Mince Pies

Nadelik Lowen is Happy Christmas in the Cornish language. Here are greetings for my dear Readers  all over the world.

Daughter No 1 tested negative this morning and so has arrived today with her wonderful Maine Coon cats. So far they are very nervous but I will hope to get you a photo in the next couple of days. They are very beautiful.

More baking today!

 

Together

After a late breakfast, a quiet catch-up morning, and  a cold swim for Daughter No 2 in Portreath, we went off to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for their Night Garden Extravaganza, came home to a  vegetarian chilli feast and lastly watched Elf (a film I had never seen) together! Here are just a few of the treasures in the night garden where we also enjoyed hot chestnuts, hot chocolates, mulled wine and toasted marshmallows!  A fine time has been had by all. It is so good to be doing things all together..

 

 

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Walk, Flower and A Gift

What joy! We met Daughter No 3 and family at St Agnes Head this morning for a very windy walk. They are with us just for the day from their holiday in Devon.  LiveWire No 4 ran off down the path in the wind.  

We spent some of the afternoon harvesting beans at the allotment and B picked a daisy which she later popped into the hedge along the lane as a “lovely surprise for someone to find!”

Our lovely LiveWire had made me some Rose Petal Perfume and bottled it beautifully. Some blogger friends and I were just talking recently about doing just that when we were much the same age so it was especially sweet.

We’ve had a really lovely day but when they leave I feel bereft. Covid has made visits even fewer and briefer.

 

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The Lost Gardens

We’ve had the best last day with the LIveWires and Daughter No2 in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, exploring areas we hadn’t visited before and generally having fun. The rain wasn’t a problem at all as we were all wearing the right clothes!  Join us in the gallery.

Charming entrance made with old tools

The Mud Maid made by Sue Hill and Pete Hill

Blue Heron

 

Special Discovery

For some time I’ve been thinking I need to clean up the frame of a sweet, hand coloured photo of me at three or  four years old, in a smocked dress made by my Mum. It’s a favourite and last week I took the photo out of the frame. 

Behind the photo of me, I found two more very special photos of my Mum and Dad in their twenties I am guessing.  I had no idea they were there! Aren’t they just the most beautiful couple?

My Mum, Cicely H M Wiseman nee Richards

My Dad. David Wiseman

 

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Treasures Found while Sorting

First in my discoveries  was a wonderful photo, caught up with some modern ones, of my Grandparents in 1919. Here is my Grandfather, the Reverend Richards, on his beloved motorbike and with my Mum on his lap and my very lovely Granny in the sidecar with my Uncle.

Next I found a little book which turned out to be the Manchester University Student Union Handbook the year my Dad was President of the Union..

I love his address to the students where his principles are clearly on show.

Lastly, for today, going through my sewing projects box, I found an unmade Clothkit for dungarees for a 2-4 year old. I never got around to making them but have a lovely young friend with a two year old. I asked her if she might like to make these for her little boy and she was delighted, saying she had grown up wearing Clothkit clothing herself. I am equally delighted to be helping her to carry on the family tradition.

I look forward to seeing A in his smiley lion dungarees……..

 

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