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Fire, Fresh Veg and A Cake

It was so cold last night that we lit the woodburner, in July!

Warmth

All the vegetables tonight came from our  raised beds – potatoes, Mangetouts, Dwarf Beans and Curly Kale and for dessert, Chocolate Mud Cake with just picked Raspberries.

Instead of layering up the cake I made with T earlier, I froze one half which today I have defrosted and iced  to have with our raspberries.

 

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Greenfinch, Edible Garden and Baking

This is the first time this year that we have seen the Greenfinch at the feeder.

Our edible garden is blooming . We can’t keep up with it all.

This afternoon I have baked, over Skype, with LiveWire No 3 who is now 9 years old. T chose the recipe and we cooked along together, all sorts of ‘homeschooling’ going on without anyone noticing –  reading and maths, chemistry and problem solving! T’s ganache turned out much better than mine!  We now have the most delicious Chocolate Mud cake in each of our homes! I’ll decorate the rest of it with Violas tomorrow – and the second layer when friends call by for tea in the garden on Friday. It was a brilliant afternoon that we both enjoyed enormously. It’s my turn to choose the recipe for next week. That one will take some beating!

T’s Chocolate Mud Cake, double layers

Just one layer split for us, the other piece being frozen for another time.

 

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Ladybird, Buddleia and Pudding

I learned today that a swarm of Ladybirds is called a Loveliness –  A Loveliness Of Ladybirds. With a name like that, no wonder Ladybird is believed to bring good luck, and when one spies one, is a reminder to count your blessings. Here is the one, a bit fuzzy as it wouldn’t stay still, that landed on the lovely Mr S yesterday.

The wild Buddleia which we see on our walk is blooming. It is also known as the Butterfly Bush so we hope to see lots as we go by in the next few weeks.

Also on our walk this morning, we could see that the Blackberries are beginning to form and we remembered that we still have some of last year’s in the freezer as family haven’t been able to visit. Blackberry and Apple Crumble is always on the menu when they do. We decided to celebrate being able to watch a football match on Tv for the first time in 3 months with exactly that. I have even made custard!  It’s a shame there’s no-one to share this family favourite with.

 

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A Family, Monkeys, A Special Meal and A Recipe

On our walk today, we were overtaken by a young family that we know, all out on their bikes, the littles one being towed. They were off to do the whole Great Flat Lode. We walk just a small section. It isn’t flat, by the way. This section is quite a steep hill.

In between showers, we have managed to plant up the Monkey planter and it looks lovely against the newly painted wall, which is cream rather than white but looks white in the photo. A local artist, Jeremy Beswick, made this precious basket for me many years ago.

We are ‘going out’ for dinner again tonight, collecting a Confit Duck meal from The Royal Oak in Perranwell. Here is this week’s menu.

I have put the recipe for Strawberry Freezer Jam on my recipe pages today.  It’s very easy and totally scrumptious.

 

 

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L R Knost, Sewing and Gifts

A friend shared these words today and they strike me as very pertinent. They are the words of award-winning author, feminist, and social justice activist, L.R. Knost who is the founder and director of the children’s rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting.

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

Be that light.

I have been sewing hard for a week, making two little fabric books for a friend’s one year old son. We’ll deliver them to their doorstep tomorrow.

A dear friend called by today with some shopping and we sat in the garden for an hour or so, catching up and being together (in a socially distanced way!) Lovely J brought with her some scones she had made this morning with a pot of Cornish Clotted Cream and a beautiful posy of Suffragette colours. What a gem, what a very thoughtful and much needed gesture of solidarity and friendship.

 

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Bullfinch, Cosmos and Dinner

The bird feeders are always busy these days

The first Cosmos flower has opened. I love these delicate flowers which grow along the roadside in South Africa.

We’ve been out for dinner again! Now, all dressed up, we have just finished the delicious meal which we collected from The Royal Oak in Perranwell.

 

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Geranium, Painting and Nut Roast

We were given this Geranium by friends a year or two ago and it survives the winter giving bright colour now.

The young women doing our decorating have been up in the sky today!

I’ve had another baking day, the lovely Mr S’s favourite Blueberry Crunchy Cake and a most excellent Nut Roast, both of which we have enjoyed today and both of which are now in the freezer in portions for our delight at later dates.

A most excellent nut roast by Jack Monroe
 

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Painting, Cookies and Wine

We are being decorated! Outside painting is okay now in these socially distancing times so here is a before picture.

When our lovely decorators, Colourgirlz, come to work for us, I always bake them a pile of cookies. This time I have made two batches of Choc Chip Cookies, one with with dark brown molasses sugar and dark chocolate chips – and raisins – and the second batch – with light soft brown sugar and white chocolate chips and raisins.

Choc chip cookies

A glass of wine in the evening sunshine under the Crinodendron was just what we needed! The Sweet Pea wigwam is coming along well as is the Bay tree on the left.

 

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Edible Garden, Bee and Supper

I planted up the Violas today and now our edible garden is fully planted. We had our first Lettuce leaves from here today and Basil on our salad yesterday. There are three Thyme plants, some Wild garlic, tiny Pea Shoots and some Borage, the lovely blue flowers of which are delightful in salads and in gin! The tiles at the back are Liberty gardening pictures that used to be in a fireplace in the house we lived in when I was five years old. 

The Libertia Grandiflora on our Cornish hedge attracts lots of bees.

I made a Chicken and Leek Pie for supper tonight. It was scrumptious!

 

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New Plants, Lunch and An Acer

Garden centres opened again last Wednesday and the lovely Mr S went (safely masked)  today to find some of the plants I have been longing for. He found them all in one place! The Thymes in our herb wall have become very woody and leggy so I hoped to replace them. Mr S found the three varieties that I wanted! There are also Violas for the edible trough, Chives to replace those killed off over the winter, Sapphire Lobelia to trail down the pan-stand, a white Lavender for the steps  and a very dark Iris, Mr S’s favourite.

It was warm enough to have lunch outside. This is one of our Summer favourites.

For our Ruby Wedding Anniversary, our four bought us a beautiful Acer in a ruby coloured pot. It is at its best as the leaves are new and gorgeous. I love that Cornish Violets have self-seeded in the pot.

 

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