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Travelling to Visit the LiveWires

We love the long train journey to London. After the hoohah of getting ready, the moment we step on the train we begin our adventure which starts with three days in London with family……..  Click on any photo for the captions and a bigger view.

We left Cornwall in 10C and arrived  in London to 25C! Stepping off the air-conditioned train was like stepping off a plane in Greece!    Last night we had no WiFi hence the late post.

 

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Birthday Cake, Cat and Colours

I baked a cake using a new recipe today and it turned out very well indeed. It was a Birthday cake for a dear friend who will be 99 in a couple of weeks but we will be away on the date so we had a mini party this afternoon – Cornish cream tea followed by Chocolate, Date and Coffee cake, decorated with (edible) Primroses from our garden.

Birthday cake for Ti ready to be transported

One of their three cats was curled up happily in a basket.

Cat in a basket

Nicky showed us around her potting studio and I photographed just one of her stunning pots.

Beautiful dish by potter, Nicky Stephenson

The border outside was a riot of colours, yellow and purple in profusion.

Narcissus Jonquilla and Aubretia

PS. For those who read about my beautiful Chappelle plate a couple of days ago,  I  found the potters! I emailed and was truly delighted to get the following in reply.

“Thank you Sally. It’s a tray I personally did many years ago. I’m happy you are still enjoying it.

We closed Chappelle Gallery Jan 15th after 17 years. I was needing a break and we were wanting to do some things before we couldn’t.

HAPPY VALLEY POTTERY is still open. We are at a slower pace at our age.
Thanks Kathy Chappelle
Happy Valley Pottery

 

 

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Peace, Plate and Peppers

In these troubled times, Lao Tzu’s words, written two and a half thousand years ago, can still point the way for us all:

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

We have a beautiful plate that we bought in Atlanta on our first visit to America about 40 years ago. It shows Stone Mountain, Georgia and we love it. It takes a central position on our kitchen dresser. The potter is named on the back as Chappelle and, looking them up (as you do!) I discover that they are still around! If you look at their gallery, you will see a similarity with our plate so I think, and hope, that I have found the right people.     http://chappellegallery.com/pottery/

Stone Mountain plate

I have stuffed two peppers with mushrooms, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped Brazil nuts, pretzel crumbs and Halloumi cubes for our supper tonight. It looks good so I hope it tastes as good as it looks!

Stuffed Peppers

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2018 in America, art, Beauty, Food, Peace, poetry, Postaday2018

 

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First Day of Spring and International Day of Happiness

Today is officially the First Day of Spring. Here are some Primroses and a SnowBaby for you to enjoy that I spotted on my walk back from town this morning.

The BBC is playing poems to celebrate Spring throughout the day. This one by Stevie Smith is  a delight.

Black March.

I have a friend
At the end
Of the world.
His name is a breath

Of fresh air.
He is dressed in
Grey chiffon. At least
I think it is chiffon.
It has a
Peculiar look, like smoke.

It wraps him round
It blows out of place
It conceals him
I have not seen his face.

But I have seen his eyes, they are
As pretty and bright
As raindrops on black twigs
In March, and heard him say:

I am a breath
Of fresh air for you, a change
By and by.

Black March I call him
Because of his eyes
Being like March raindrops
On black twigs.

(Such a pretty time when the sky
Behind black twigs can be seen
Stretched out in one
Uninterrupted
Cambridge blue as cold as snow.)

But this friend
Whatever new names I give him
Is an old friend. He says:

Whatever names you give me
I am
A breath of fresh air,
A change for you.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” ~ Desmond Tutu

I have added the Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils recipe to my Recipes (Savoury). Click on the red link to find the recipe.

 

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Twelve Hours in Our Garden

The first photo I took across the back garden at 6.30 am.  The snow stopped falling and I went out to have the fun I missed out on last time we had snow and built my Suffragette Snow Woman. Now the snow is almost completely gone, just odd icy remnants left behind. Click on any photo in the gallery for more detail.

Early morning snow covered back garden

 

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Barmbrack, Snow and Roasted Cauliflower

Yesterday there was a recipe by Felicity Cloake for Barmbrack (basically a fruit loaf)   in our weekend paper.  The fruit had to soak in strong tea overnight so I set it going last night. We don’t like cherries so I substituted dried apricots and bits of crystallised ginger. I made the cake this morning and it is fabulous! I glazed it with ginger syrup from the ginger jar rather than making a sugar syrup. Success!

The promised snow eventually came in at 3pm, not enough to make a snowman/woman which I had hoped but enough to make the garden very pretty. Click on any of the photos to see the detail of the birds.

I found a tasty sounding recipe the other day, Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils and tried it this evening. Another scrumptious success.

Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils

Soulful Sunday – the snow makes for a very peaceful environment. I love the silence that comes with snowfall.

 

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Bouquet, American Pick-up and Cutter

A gorgeous bouquet was delivered this morning ready for Mother’s Day tomorrow.Thank you KJ, perfect colours for the year and our celebration of your Great Great Granny!

Mother’s Day bouquet in Suffragette colours

I was late to town this morning so decided to drive and was pleased that I did given that I was behind this amazing old American pick-up as we crept towards the traffic lights. Everyone who walked up West End stopped and smiled at the sight.

1959 Ford Ranchero

I made some Cheese pastry today and used my Mum’s fabulous cutter that just rolls through the pastry creating circles. I needed circles for a starter for tonight’s Birthday meal for our eldest daughter who is here for the weekend.

Circle cutter

 

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