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Glass, Pudding and A Surprise

We bought ourselves a present for our Anniversary (51 years today), a beautiful piece showing the Nearly Home Trees that we love so much.

The Nearly Home Trees

We have come out for a delicious meal cooked by someone else! The dessert we both chose was Chocolate Fondant.

Chocolate Fondant

After our scrumptious dessert we were presented with the following which we are saving to enjoy tomorrow.

Chef’s surprise

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2018 in art, Beauty, Cornwall, Food, glass

 

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White, Courgettes and Tomatoes

I love the white in our Suffragette garden. There is no purple left as the Clematis has all been blown away but the Japanese Anemones are lovely .

Japanese Anemones

I have picked all the ripe Cherry Tomatoes and ‘sun-dried’ them in the oven today.

Cherry tomatoes

Our lovely friend Kath, to whom this blog is dedicated, once gave me the recipe for Courgette Soup and it is very tasty. Kath and Charlie had a small house in Meyssac in Southern France and we visited a couple of times. Each time, when the villagers knew that K&C were having visitors, they were asked by the neighbours, “Which soup are you making for them?” which we all loved. We used our own courgettes (our crop has been rather small) and some from our lovely neighbour Sue’s allotment.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2018 in Food, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Cream Tea, Fuchsia and Clematis

When we met Daughter No 1 in Exeter the other day, we took her a jar of our freshly made Blackberry and Apple Jam. Last night M sent us a photo of the cream tea that she made with the scrumptious jam!

Cream Tea with B&A Jam

The Fuchsia that we were given last Summer is blooming beautifully after being cut hard down.

Fuchsia

The Bill Mackenzie Clematis is coming into flower.  There are dozens of buds so it will just get better and better.

Clematis Bill MacKenzie

 

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Lunch, Gladioli and Rogue Clematis

Frittata for lunch, a tasty favourite.

Mixed veg frittata

The broken Gladioli is down to its last few blooms and they are still beautiful.

Leftover Gladioli

The Spring flowering Clematis Montana is showing several blooms!

Montana Rubens

We have bulbs, due next Spring, throwing up all their greenery. The Clematis Armandii, which flowers in the winter has been flowering freely! Is anyone else finding plants not knowing which season we are in?

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2018 in Food, nature, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Baking, Making and Scraww

The day started with us making Chocolate Croissants together.

Chocolate Croissant

I told the LiveWires about the show, Scraww, that we were going to see this evening at Trebah and that we would all be birds and they as children, would be fledglings. ‘We need wings!’  was their reaction so  we spent all morning designing and making wings!

Sewing the back and front together

Wearing their wings at Trebah

The show was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed by both LiveWires. The wireless technology worked a treat  and the whole event was so exciting for them both. If you live in Cornwall and can find/borrow some children to take, you will experience something rather beautiful and very imaginative. Click on any photo for the bigger version and detail.

Please forgive me for not reading blogs, replying to comments right now. As you can no doubt tell, every moment is taken up with the lovely LiveWires.

From the Trebah website:

“The birds of the world have gathered; join the flock on an epic quest to find the legendary Simorgh bird. A feather fuelled, technically immersive journey into Persian poetry… prepare to elect your new king!
 
This summer Trebah Garden and Gaggle Haus present the epic Persian tale SCRAWW, told via an immersive soundtrack created by international sound designer and composer Max Pappenheim. Audiences will don “silent disco style” headphones, join a flock and put on their feathers as they get led through the garden, experiencing live performance blended with Max’s score. Paths and plots twist as the flock move through this truly immersive soundscape before reaching the finale on Trebah’s picturesque private beach.
 
SCRAWW is an exciting co-production between Trebah and Gaggle Haus, introducing international talent to the landscape and performing arts sector of Cornwall. “A genre-bending operatic and digital piece of pure perfection!”
 
The Gaggle Haus team includes Director Anna Pool (opera, theatre and music maker); Lila Palmer (librettist) and Anna Driftmeir (scenographer and production designer), a team of acclaimed makers, who have worked across Europe and in the United States.”
 

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Fused Glass, Wasp and A Duck Dinner

I’ve been on another glass workshop run by Lisa MacFarlane right here in our little town. Today it was fused glass and was both fun and challenging. We have to wait a couple of weeks to see how our bowls will turn out as they need two firings to be complete. Here is mine as it sets off for the kiln. I’ll show you the end result in a couple of weeks.

Hope this will turn out looking like a sunset over the sea!

I found a small creature on the Lobelia today but can’t identify it. I’m thinking it’s a wasp of some kind but the id charts don’t have this one. Perhaps someone can help.

Waiting for a name

The Confit Duck turned out well after its next stage of a long slow cook in duck fat then the pieces were drained and reheated when needed to crisp up the skin. We had it here with a mash of Sweet Potato and ornery potato, French Peas with Lettuce and Garlic  and a red wine sauce (which I forgot to photograph) –

Home made confit duck

scrumptious!

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2018 in art, Food, glass, nature, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Confit Duck, Successful Soup and A Little Bouquet

One of our favourite meals is Confit Duck but we only have it when we eat out and that is not that often so I decided to have a go at doing it myself. I found the recipe and discovered that the preparation starts 24 hours before you want to eat! Here are the prepared legs which are now sitting in the fridge for their ‘at least 12 hours’ chilling, looking rather pretty with the herbs and orange zest, salt and peppercorns.

Prepared Confit Duck

We have eaten lots of our home-grown Runner Beans, frozen even more away and today I have made the first batch of my Runner Bean Soup, which gets more hits than any other post and which, if you Google Runner Bean Soup, comes quite high on the page!

Runner Bean Soup

Yesterday, two of my lovely friends gave me a little bouquet of Sweet Peas, picked out for me because they are purple. I put them with some white Daisies which we brought in after they had been brought down by wind.

Sweet Peas and Daisies

 

 

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