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Sign, Flower and Cake

On our walk today we spotted a small sign but couldn’t see where the exhibition might be.

Down the lane were a few brave Celandines.

I baked this afternoon – Tamal Ray’s Date Traybake with Toffee. It’s delicious but the toffee hasn’t set well enough to spread over the top and set so we’ll just pop a bit on each slice.

 
 

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A Poem, Dinosaurs and Berries

I loved my Thesaurus as I was growing up, given to me when I was, I think, nine years old and it stayed by my side for many years. In due course, it fell apart and I was given a shiny new copy.  Today is Thesaurus Day which commemorates the birth of Peter Mark Roget, born on this day in 1779 and author of Roget’s Thesaurus.  Here’s a poem to celebrate. It’s called ‘Roger’s Thesaurus’ and it is by Brian Bilston who published it on Twitter this morning.

I have given away our beautiful Dinosaur Muffin tin as our LiveWires have grown out of their Dinosaur phase. It has gone to a very good home.

I loved this tree on our walk – the spikiness of the branches, the softness of the lichen and the spherical little berries silhouetted against the sky.
 

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A Birthday, Marmalade and Cookies

It seems appropriate that today, my Dear Dad’s birthday, I have spent much of the day making marmalade. Dad was the marmalade maker in our house and I used to help him when I was quite young. The smell of the oranges boiling is so evocative of lovely times.

I spent the rest of the day baking cookies for our decorators, ColourGirlz, who start tomorrow on the hall, stairs and landing. I have used an old family recipe but adapted it by adding cinnamon and dried cherries as a very dear friend does. She takes them on long car journeys and they are very much appreciated.

Cinnamon Oat Crunchies with Cherries

 
 

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A Book, Singing and A Treat

I was given a beautiful book for my birthday, The Singing Tree, written and illustrated by Kate Seredy, which I read yesterday and absolutely loved. The story was very touching and the illustrations very lovely. Thank you very much C.

It was Sing for your Heart, Sing for your Soul today at the Eco park and I thought you might like to hear a couple of snippets. They are both recorded with the camera looking at the floorboards as I hadn’t asked anyone if they would be okay with being filmed.  The sessions are open to anyone to come along and songs are taught by voice in four parts. Everyone comes away feeling loved and exhilarated.

We love these little Italian lemony treats which we buy at a local market occasionally.

 

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Model, Music and Munchies

I have had this little model for many, many years. It was made by S, a very talented writer in one of my English classes. He was a restless sixteen year old who needed encouragement, both to believe in his own talent and to sit still!  I discovered that, given something to model with, his concentration on the literature we were studying increased hugely. One day, at the end of the lesson, he presented me with this precious little model, made of Blutak. It’s me – curly hair, long skirt, a necklace and a scarf, carrying books and a heavy bag of files and with a huge grin on my face. I was so touched and I have kept this little treasure ever since.
Thank you, S. I hope you have become the writer I thought you could become. Maybe you went on to make models in the style of Wallace and Gromit!   Maybe one of my ex-pupils who reads this will tell you of this post!
I first posted this in 2013! I still have my little 5″ model and it still means the world to me. I was reminded of it again yesterday as I was talking teaching techniques with our son, D,  and spoke of how I gave fidgety young people something (Blutak) to play with.

Yesterday, our last day with the family here, D gave the children his Senegalese Djembe. They are going to have lessons at school next term and were delighted with this very special gift.

Last Saturday a neighbour and good friend had her birthday party. We couldn’t go but I made her a tear-and-share Camembert party piece to be finally cooked at the party.  I am told it went down very well!

 
 

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Today and 2020

I am having the loveliest birthday! We started with the family tradition of croissants for  breakfast, spent the day in Penzance just wandering the streets and had lunch out. We then spent a happy hour choosing paint for our soon-to-be-transformed hall, stairs and landing.
This evening we have had a fabulous dinner of Confit Duck with Miso glazed green beans and creamy mash followed by Alice’s Caramel and Chocolate Orange Tart, just scrumptious – all interspersed with lovely calls and messages and cards and presents and video calls so that I feel very loved and very happy!

On this, the night before the New Year, I wish all my Dear Readers the very best for the coming year and beyond. I echo the words of Neil Gaiman.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2019 in Celebration, Food, Postaday 2019

 

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Nearly There, Christmas Wreath and Pudding

The Advent candle has burnt its way through December and we are now at Christmas Eve, nearly there and with excitement brewing in the LIveWires’ homes.

Advent candle

We were at the Gallery this morning for Christmas greetings and choccies! We passed a rather lovely wreath on the way back to the car park.

Christmas wreath in Penryn this morning

Rather than make lots of mince pies, it was easier to make a Galette Jalousie, not sure if you can see the gold lustre to make it festive!

Galette Jalousie

 

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