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Heartwood, Daffodil and Kalettes

I found this beautiful piece of work and thought I would share it with you. It made me think of the cutting down of so many of Sheffield’s trees last year.  The art work is as stunning as the poem, so full of detail and charm.

Heartwood by Robert Macfarlane, art by Nick Hayes

We don’t have swathes of daffodils, just one at a time for now and those are getting knocked down by the wind and rain. I brought the first one in.

Rain battered Daffodil in our indoor garden

Our Kalettes keep on giving! I cooked these in garlic butter and a splash of water. They grow like sprouts but are much more delicious!

Kalettes in garlic butter

 
 

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Malt Loaf, Feather and Evening Sky

I made a simple and healthy Malt Loaf today. We are enjoying it!

I spotted a feather hanging from the Clematis leaves and went out into the back garden to get a photograph.

Delicate feather

My walk took me down the lane to visit my lovely neighbour at her allotment this afternoon. She drew my attention to the beautiful evening sky behind me.

Early evening sky

For those of you who liked the sound of yesterday’s vegan supper, I have put the recipe on my Recipes – Savoury page. Here is the link https://mybeautfulthings.com/recipes-savoury/spinach-chickpea-and-lemon-pilaf/

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2019 in baking, Food, nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Last Night’s New Song, A Poem and A Vegan Supper

The Ingleheart Singers are learning a beautiful new piece, ‘Crossing the Bar’ an arrangement of Tennyson’s poem with the music by Rani Arbo and arranged by Peter Amidon. We managed just the first verse last night and here it is. It’s a four part harmony and each verse is going to be different. We love a challenge!

       

           Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,  
  And one clear call for me!  
And may there be no moaning of the bar,  
  When I put out to sea,  
  
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,  
  Too full for sound and foam,  
When that which drew from out the boundless deep  
  Turns again home.  
  
Twilight and evening bell,  
  And after that the dark!     
And may there be no sadness of farewell,  
  When I embark;  
  
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place  
  The flood may bear me far,  
I hope to see my Pilot face to face  
  When I have cross’d the bar.

I found a delicious sounding vegan recipe this week, Spinach, Chickpea and Lemon Pilaff and it tasted as good as it sounded!

Spinach, chickpea and lemon pilaff

 

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Brining Solution, Sausage Rolls and Christmas Letter

Today I have made the beautiful brining solution for the turkey – oranges, onions, cinnamon sticks, juniper berries, cranberries, ginger, all spice, star anise, sugar and salt.

Brining solution

I made a start on other Christmas baking – this afternoon, the much requested sausage rolls.

Mini rolls

I love getting Christmas letters, be they an insert written on the computer or hand written within the card. This poem sums up the sentiment.

The Christmas Letter – John M. Morris

Wherever you are when you receive this letter
I write to say we are still ourselves
in the same place
and hope you are the same.

The dead have died as you know
and will never get better,
and the children are boys and girls
of their several ages and names.

So in closing I send you our love
and hope to hear from you soon.
There is never a time
like the present. It lasts forever
wherever you are. As ever I remain.

 

Vitamin C, Flowers and Friendship

A Very Dear Friend called round today to bring love and extra Vitamin C for me in the shape of a Lemon Cheesecake – both delicious and healthy! Thank you so much, J.

Delicious Lemon Cheesecake

Later our lovely neighbour called in with bunch full of recovery love in the shape of some gorgeous flowers.Thank you, S.

Flowers from Sue next door

Thank you too, to all of my lovely readers who have been wishing me a swift recovery from this horrid virus.

 

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Dawn, Fox and Dessert

It was a beautiful dawn this morning.

Dawn

As I was watching the sun come up I noticed a fox walking across the back field.

Fox and a Rabbit

I made a Chestnut and Amaretto Roulade today and it was scrumptious!

Chestnut and Amaretto Roulade

 
 

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Christmas Boxes, Scented Rose and Supper

We delivered our boxes today and were pleased to see others at the collection point.

Christmas Dinner Boxes

I called in to see my lovely neighbour this afternoon. Her rose, which smells divine, is still in flower and there is one more outside to be picked soon.

Young Lycidas

I tried another vegan recipe last night and it was delicious. I served it with onion gravy and broccoli.

Mushroom, Lentil and Spinach Wellington

 

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