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A Smile, A Butterfly and Supper

As we sat in the garden having our lunch, this little Dianthus flower seemed to be smiling at me.

Dianthus which smells divine

It’s Butterfly Watch Weekend. We haven’t started yet but this one came to call anyway.

Tortoiseshell butterfly

Supper tonight was a new recipe from Thomasina Myers, Ricotta, Spinach and Courgette Dumplings served in a rich Tomato sauce.  They were a bit fiddly to make but really delicious so worth the effort.

Ricotta, Spinach and Courgette Dumplings in Tomato sauce

 

 

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Supper, Day Lily and Knitting

Yet another beautiful day and yet another supper in the evening sunshine – a very simple veggie favourite of Roast Rainbow Vegetables with Halloumi.

Simple supper

Beside us in the border, today’s Day Lily.

Day Lily

We went to Heligan again last night to see 100: UnEarth by WildWorks, brilliant again and we saw the squares that I knitted for the rocket/torpedo. “The knitted torpedo stands by the Well at Heligan  as part of the commemoration of the finish of WW1, 100 years ago. The torpedo was chosen as a symbol for the vast amount of knitting women and children did during WW1 and to commemorate the fact that women made many of the munitions used.”

the-knitted-torpedo-for-which-i-knitted-four-squares

My knitting as part of the rocket

The squares will all be re-stitched into blankets after the show.

 

 
 

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Cornish Pasty, Blue and Sunshine

I know – I grew up in Cornwall and came home again 10 years ago but today was my first attempt at making Cornish pasties!  I was inspired by Ark and followed a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrbY_JBrFE4), having bought all the correct ingredients yesterday. They didn’t look quite right as my pastry was too friable and thin (apparently I should use strong bread flour for the pastry) but my golly, they tasted good!  I shall be trying again………

My first ever Cornish pasty

The White Lupins are nearly over and we have twenty two blue Agapanthus flowers on the point of opening to take their place in that bed.

Agapanthus, Day Lilies and Everlasting Cornflowers

These days of sunshine and golden light day after day, the way the sun moves from coming in at the kitchen window at the back of our house in the morning to streaming the sunset rays through the front into the sitting room and our bedroom – all remind me of this lovely poem by Linda Pastan. I first discovered her work last April.

In the Kingdom of Midas – Linda Pastan

If you follow the sun
from room to room,
wading in the pools
of light spilled
by that tawny,
molten river,

if you move all day
from east
to west, from kitchen
to study to bed,
by afternoon you’ll see
the bedposts touched

and changed to sheaves of wheat,
and the children born
and nourished there will be
golden tongued
and golden headed.

For you the moon has always been
the pale,
homely sister.
You tell your rosary
in saffron beads of light,

and though one day
you’ll drown
in shade, the sun
will leave its heavy coins
on your closed lids
forever.

 

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A Visitor, Hydrangea and Cake

Our resident Toad called by again this morning.

Common Toad

Hydrangeas are coming into bloom. I love the lilac, white and green in this emerging flower.

Hydrangea

A couple of days ago I read a cake recipe that sounded good so I saved it, bought the ingredients and this afternoon have made it. It had no name so here is the Lemon, Apple and Ricotta Cake.

 

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Lunch, Supper and A Dessert

What a pretty salad we had for lunch, made up of home-grown leaves and herbs, wild strawberries, leftover sausages, potatoes, olives and feta, decorated with Borage and Nasturtium flowers and with a Raspberry vinaigrette/mayonnaise.

Fresh garden salad

A Blogger friend asked the other day if there is any nutrition in the flowers and I discovered the following: “Most edible flowers supply vitamin C, a nutrient that helps stave off infections; violas contain a good dose of potassium, Nasturtiums are another flower source of vitamin C, and contain 10 times more vitamin C than lettuce, according to the “Vineyard Gazette.” Nasturtiums also supply small amounts of vitamin D…….. Nasturtiums also contain lutein and zaexanthin. Both of these compounds can help protect your eyes from age-related disorders. Violets are a source of rutin, which promotes blood vessel health and reduces inflammation.”
https://www.livestrong.com/article/385150-nutritional-value-of-edible-flowers/

We were invited next door for a barbecue this evening so I put some peppers and Halloumi to marinade in lime juice, oil and herbs ready to skewer and roast.

Halloumi and Peppers to barbeque

I also invented a dessert with what I had in and it was truly scrumptious! I layered Raspberries with vanillared creme fraiche and amaretti biscuits crumbled finishing with more crumbs, Blueberries and viola flowers.

Raspberry and Blueberry, Amaretti and Vanilla Creme Fraiche

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in Food, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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A Beautiful Restful Day

I have spent the whole day in the garden, sitting in the shade within hearing of the fountain, reading. I can’t remember when I last indulged myself like this!  I looked up occasionally and watched butterflies, saw the Blue Tit family (who lived in our lighthouse) come to the feeders along with the Goldfinches and others, heard the constant buzzing of busy insects and revelled in the perfume from the Heliotrope, the Jasmine and the Sweet Peas. Our garden has never been quite as prolific.  Click on the smaller photos for a bigger view.

Breakfast in the garden

 

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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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