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Dawn, Allotment and A Celebration

There were lots of beautiful colours in the dawn sky this morning.

A warm sun shone this afternoon and we spent a couple of hours at our allotment clearing ancient gooseberry bushes and weeds out of the fruit cage that we have inherited. We can now see where the currant bushes are and plan on pruning them quite hard soon.

We have been back in Cornwall for 13 years today so had a celebration meal of Chicken Pot Roasted in Milk, Bay and Nutmeg, the meal we made for Thanksgiving, very tasty indeed.

 

A Good Future, Sourdough and A Special Pie

Another piece of timely wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh came my way today – the beautiful artwork is Evening Swim by Maja Lindberg.

Our lovely neighbour made a Sourdough loaf and gave us half. We had some of it toasted with our lunch of last year’s Christmas Soup. Christmas Soup is a family favourite of turkey stock made from the bones and then everything ‘leftover’ ( potatoes, carrots, parsnips, chestnuts, sausages, stuffing, bread sauce, gravy, turkey meat and everything else but the sprouts) whizzed up to make a thick meal in a bowl. This year we had a duck, there being only two of us but I had frozen and hidden(!) two pint pots of this special treat.

Sue’s Sourdough loaf

I made a pie tonight – Duck and Lentil – and it was delicious! Many years ago we were on holiday in France, in a gite in a Penne D’Agenais, a fortified medieval hilltop town on the banks of the Lot River and in a little restaurant there had some amazing Duck and Lentil pie. This is the first time I have tried to replicate it and it was a great success, setting off lots of lovely memories.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2020 in art, Food, friendship, Photography, Postaday2020

 

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Covid Christmas, More Baking and Our Tree

Mince pies and our exchange of presents socially distant in the garden in the rain this morning. What a star our lovely neighbour is!

Savoury baking today, sausage rolls and cheesy angels!

I am delighted with our new ornament for the tree!

 

Breakfast, Hugs and A Flag

Since our first visit to America some 40 years ago, I have loved their breakfast of waffles with maple syrup and crispy bacon. Now we have a waffle machine and I can make us that delicious breakfast!

These strange days when we aren’t allowed to hug – and we saw lots of friends yesterday in the market and delivering Christmas cards whom I wanted to hug   –  this turned up and says it all. In our heads and hearts, we are hugging with delight!

On our walk today, we saw an interesting flag comprising of several different flags. From the top left we identified the flag for Wales, then Scotland but what about the black and white stripy one? I think it’s the Breton flag. From the bottom left is Cornwall’s flag and the Isle of Man but the orange, white and green  one? Wikipedia tells me that it is the flag of Ivory Coast.  Seen from the other side, it would be green, white and orange, the flag of Ireland.  Should one read a flag from the pole? Puzzling. Can anyone help?  It would make sense for it to be Ireland, all the Celtic countries. Not sure about the swirly bit in the middle.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2020 in America, Food, friendship, Photography

 

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Wise Words, Headband and Cake

This came my way today and I share it with you for its wisdom.

Our walk today took us past a favourite Art Deco shop and this headband caught my eye, looks just the thing for our sparkly zoom Christmas parties with my choirs.

This afternoon I used up three over-ripe bananas to make a Cinnamon and Raisin Banana Loaf – scrumptious warm with ice-cream!

Message for my cousin in Australia  – I’ve lost your snail mail address, sorry. Please can you email it to me? xx

 
 

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Life Affirming Sun, Sea and Food

We went to The Square at Porthleven to collect our “cook-at-home” meal for tonight  – Pate, Confit Duck and Sticky Ginger Pud with Chantilly Cream.   We were there around 4pm and so enjoyed seeing the crashing waves, the cold water swimmers, the surfers and the sunset. Then we came home and fixed our dinner following the instructions given to us.   Enjoy the gallery.

Dinner was divine!  Every course was delicious and full of flavour. We didn’t want our meal  to end!

If you think the first and last courses look a bit small, bear in mind that we shared them, all three courses being too much for us!

 

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Cheesecakes

One of the joys of making a half of Granny’s fudge recipe is that it leaves half a can of condensed milk so, at the weekend I was also able to make two mini Lime and Ginger Cheesecakes, one to freeze and one to share tonight. Click the red link for the recipe for the fudge.

 
 

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Hope, Hibernation and Cheese Scones

As second lockdown goes on, this piece by Kitty O’Meara is right on point and full of hope. I don’t know who the artist is….. I have now been told that the artist is Jessica Boehman

Hibernation

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”

~Kitty O’Meara

I had a fancy for some Cheese Scones and so, here they are, delicious slightly warm with salty Cornish butter.

Cheese and Black Olive Scones

 
 

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A Bouquet, Cake and Cheers!

Our lovely neighbour called in today (well, not in – at a distance in the garden!) to thank us for a couple of things and brought with her a very pretty little bouquet from her garden.

I’ve made a Spiced Carrot Cake today, scrumptious! Sent some next door, of course.

Biden is to be America’s next President. Breathe again, world, things will get better now. We opened the Prosecco! And I love Kamala Harris!

Thank you all, Dear Readers for your kind words yesterday. I will reply to all the comments …….

I started my blog 9 years ago yesterday so today enter my 10th year of Beautfulthings! That’s 3,411 posts, 2,566 followers and visitors from 100 countries! Thank you all for reading, liking and taking the time to comment – all much appreciated.

 

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Breakfast, Swans and Kindness

Last day before lockdown and we met a couple of friends at a pub for breakfast! We sat on the terrace with the most idyllic view in front of us, enjoying a delicious Cornish breakfast,  putting the world to rights and soaking up the sun’s rays. It was actually warm and such a tonic.

I love swans, a symbol of grace, needed by us all as we face the next months.

Outside the pub was a barrel (!) of fresh water for thirsty pups. What a lovely idea. We often see dishes of water but this is a step up!

 

 

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