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Magpies, Soup and A Gift

I watched a pair of Magpies from the bedroom window this morning. They were working together to break up some thin prunings, obviously collecting for a nest. They were both working really hard!

Magpies collecting nesting material

I left the squash to roast while we were out and so the delicious soup was very quick to make for lunch. If you’d like the recipe, you can find it here.

Thai Spiced Squash soup

A small packet arrived today –  the gift of a DVD of the play ‘Jeremy Visick’, derived from my Dad’s book,  that I saw at the beginning of the month and wrote about here. The writer and producer also sent me the script to enjoy at leisure. What a very kind and much appreciated gesture.

A very special DVD

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2019 in Food, nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Lambs, Quiche and Bouquet

We have lambs in the back field! It is so lovely to see them, just one pair of twins at the moment but we hope for more. Last year the pregnant ewes were taken away before the lambs were born and only brought back when the little ones had grown quite a lot.

Twin lambs

There was a knock at the door this afternoon and there was a Very Dear Friend with her arms full – of flowers and a Leek and Stilton Quiche, both of which smelt divine!

Fabulous flowers

We have had the most delicious Quiche for supper with salad and send our heartfelt thanks to our very lovely friend for her love, concern and cooking!

Leek and Stilton Quiche

 

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Breakfast, Jays and Nothing

We love this special breakfast!

Eggy bread with fruit, maple syrup and creme fraiche

A pair of Jays visited us briefly this morning and I managed to just catch one through the window. What beautiful birds they are!

One of the pair

One of our Cornish pre-schools sent this poem home  and it resonated with me. How many times have our kids said,”Nothing!” when asked what they’ve been up to at school? This is the same school where the children will be painting their noses red for Red Nose Day next week rather than buying lots of plastic noses – well done to the staff leading the way. I love their attitude.

The Nothing Poem

 

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A Spring Lunch, A Yellow Splash and A Gift

A bright day today with the odd hail shower found me first pruning odd shrubs and then indoors working on my glass pieces. An easy and favourite colourful lunch was what we needed.

Avocado, Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

Between the tree trunks and through other bulbs, the splash of bright yellow seen from the kitchen window brightens up the garden.

Daffodils

I am loving playing with glass, creating pretty pieces especially using bits of earrings etc given to me by friends. Yesterday I came home to find a little bag hanging on the front door handle.

From Margaret – thank you so much!

Here are my newest pieces at the design stage. They may change before they are done.

Two pieces in the making

 

 

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A Play, A Pie and My Glass for Sale

A few weeks ago, a lovely friend saw the poster below, advertising a play that had been written from one of my Dad’s novels – The Fate of Jeremy Visick

Stage Struck and The Fate of Jeremy Visick

I saw the play last night and was moved to tears by this production. The interpretation of the story, the bringing up-to-date of elements, the cast – especially the two amazing 11 years olds who played Matthew and Jeremy – the music, the use of technology, the very cleverly designed set all combined to make an unforgettable evening and one which my dear Dad would have been so proud to know about! I sat there almost bursting with pride that all those people were there, on stage and in the audience, because my lovely Dad had written this story! Thank you to Judith Nicholls and to all involved. Let’s hope it can be put on again. It deserves a much wider audience.

I made a Turkey and Leek pie for dinner tonight.

Turkey and Leek pie

I visited the display of my glass in The Craft Collective while in town on Saturday! I’ve up-cycled  lots of the bits of sea-glass, earrings, bracelets and other beady bits that friends have given me and have lots more for the next series that I have started already.

Inside The Craft Collective

My first eight pieces

 

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Spring Colour, Snowflake and Another Vegan Supper

The garden is looking very pretty as Spring arrives.

Crocuses and Muscari

The Spring Snowflakes, like very tall Snowdrops are beginning to flower already.

Leucojum vernum (Spring Snowflake)

I tried another new recipe tonight and it was as delicious as it was colourful. Meera Sodha writes in the food supplement, Feast, which comes each Saturday with The Guardian

Egyptian rice and lentils, tomato sauce and onions

 

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2019 in Food, garden, nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Magnolia, St George and Supper

The Magnolias at the garden centre were beautifully in flower

I always enjoy seeing St George and the Dragon in the car park. He is carved from an old tree trunk.

St George and the Dragon

I read the recipe for tonight’s supper in this morning’s paper. We had all the ingredients and it was as colourful and scrumptious as it sounded.

Preparing for Leek and Tomato Crumble, Nigel Slater’s recipe

 

 

 

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