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Six on Saturday 10/4/2021

Spring has certainly sprung in our garden with the promise of more to come. We’ve had sunshine this week but still very cold winds and not really enough rain. (We don’t often say that in Cornwall.)
1.  The tulips in pots are magnificent.

2.  The Sweet Pea seedlings are coming along nicely. We have popped fleece around them when frosts were predicted. It’s almost time to tie them in.

3.  To accommodate the new Amanagowa Cherry tree, the lovely Mr S has re-designed the lawn and the curve is very pleasing.

4.  The buds on the tree are almost ready to burst.

5.  Baby plants arrived today from Sarah Raven, ordered with Christmas and birthday vouchers from family. I have potted up the Cosmos and the Osteospermum, some of which will be in the pollinator border at the allotment and some at home. The tulips above were also bought with birthday vouchers. It’s really lovely to have presents that keep on appearing. We’ll be able to eat some of them too as we also bought vegetable seeds and baby plants yet to arrive. .

6.  Because we now have the allotment, I am having one of the raised beds in the garden for cutting flowers. There is already a line of Sweet Peas by the trellis and today we have dug the last of our leeks to make space for my flower garden. So, not strictly garden, here is the Leek and Chicken Pie I made for supper tonight.

If you’d like a peek at other gardens, pop over to The Propagator who invites folk to join in Six on Saturday, and follow the links in the comments to see gardens all over the world.

 

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Swimming Hat, Rose and Cake

Our lovely neighbour is an artist as regular readers will know. She is in the middle of a project making very special swimming hats for local sea swimmers. She needed a model today to set the angle correctly so here is one of her designs. The others so far are a bunch of flowers, a  sailing boat and a pineapple.

There is just one rose left from my Mother’s Day bouquet, four weeks after delivery.

Last one standing

We have friends coming round tomorrow for a much longed-for catch-up in the garden so I have made cake. You can find the recipe for this delicious fruity cake by clicking on the red link.

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Cornish Pasties, Butterfly and Tulip

It has been a beautiful day in so many ways. The sun shone and Daughter no 1 visited for the first time in a very long time. We cooked the frozen pasties that she had ordered some days ago and we ate them in the sun and Spring-filled garden. They were truly scrumptious.

Rowes pasties cooked at home

The warmth brought a butterfly to our garden.

Red Admiral butterfly

The Tulips are looking gorgeous.

 

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Paper Bags, A Leaf and Muscari

We had a delivery today  – of frozen pasties! Daughter No 1 is visiting for lunch in the garden on Sunday and whenever she visits, Cornish pasties have to be  purchased. She’ll be here on Easter Sunday when the bakery will be shut so she pre-ordered them to be cooked later at home. I was delighted and amused  to see that they came with paper bags!

I’ve never seen a flower that has grown up quite like this.

I love the two tone Muscari flowers.

 

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Six on Saturday 27/3/2021

There is so much  happening in the garden now as Spring really takes hold. There is plenty of work to do too, both in the garden and in the allotment.

1.  Today I have moved lots of Snowdrops ‘in the green’ to go around the newly planted Amanagowa Flowering Cherry.

2.  The tulips are beginning to give us colour, some very short as I commented earlier in the week and some the height I was expecting.

3.  It’s lovely to see shoots and buds, anticipating the loveliness to come. The Clematis Montana has lots of buds.

4.  The Lily of the Valley are sprouting well with tiny flower buds just beginning to show.

5.  We are still harvesting the Flower Sprouts / Kalettes and enjoying having fresh greens. We are astounded by how regal they look and how tall they are in their raised bed.

6.  Tonight I made two more Little Puddings as the ones I made the other night were so delicious with Blueberries. These I made with slender pale pink stalks of Rhubarb from the plant which we inherited on our allotment – our first produce from Plot 30.

If you’d like to look around some more gardens, pop over to The Propagator where he gives you Six on Saturday and there are lots of links in the comments.

 

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Granite, Border and Pudding

Here is the granite block in its new position. Now we have a new border to plan..

That’s another new border! Here’s part of the one the lovely Mr S dug for the Amanagowa cherry tree. That too needs some planning.

Supper was a small bowl of Dahl with spinach and it somehow didn’t feel like enough so I made some little blueberry puddings.

Little Blueberry Puddings served with Lemon Curd Sauce

 

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A Bloom, A Book and Supper

All alone in the narrow wall border, a Fritillary bloom  has appeared, much to our delight.

I’ve just finished reading a remarkable little book, ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ by Max Porter. If any of you, dear Readers, have ever lost someone, this book will touch the raw grief and will hopefully also make you smile. I think it’s brilliant. The Guardian summary is exactly right.

A quick and easy supper was called for tonight, a delicious dish of comfort food – Macaroni Cheese to which I add little cherry tomatoes. It was good.

 

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Soup, Seeds and Raspberries

I tried a new soup recipe today and it was both easy and very tasty –

Tomato, pasta and flageolet bean soup with creme fraiche and pesto

I’ve planted some leek seeds in a seed tray today and hope they all sprout.

.A friend called round this afternoon to return books and to bring me an Autumn fruiting Raspberry bush. The raspberries appear at the end of August and go on until the last frost which, here in Cornwall, can be late November. Raspberries are my favourite fruit and I’m looking forward to these.

 
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Mother’s Day, Pigeon and Cake

It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK and I send my love to all Mothers out there, especially to those who cannot be with their Mums today for one reason or another. I have posted the following piece before and it deserves to be here again. Thanks, Pip.

A message of love and compassion to all friends out there on Mother’s Day,, those who do not have their own children, to friends who are estranged from their children or their mothers and to friends who have lost treasured members of their family ... may you find unconditional love in unexpected places and a healthy channel for your own nurturing and creativity to help make the world around you a place where you feel cared for and are seen and known for who you are. x x

I felt very cherished today as we started with a special breakfast prepared by the lovely Mr S, I opened cards, enjoyed my flowers  and discovered a very special ginger biscuit from Daughter No 2.  I won’t be eating her!

From The Biscuiteers

It’s been bitterly cold again causing one of our resident pigeons to sit fluffing up on the fence.

There was a very delicious sounding recipe from Tamal Ray in The Guardian’s Feast this weekend,  It is as delicious as it sounded.

Almond and Berry Traybake with a citrus glaze

Seems to me to be a good day to share the online version of my letter to The Guardian on International Women’s Day.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/07/womens-history-through-the-generations-of-my-family

 

 

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Surprise, Kitchen Implement and Pudding

A parcel arrived today, all out of the blue as we hadn’t ordered anything for ages. Imagine my delight when I found it contained blooms and a note sending love for a Happy Mother’s Day/Week! It was beautifully wrapped, each stem carefully protected and a lovely instruction booklet which has lots of advice about how to protect the flowers  so they last as long as possible. There is even advice on how to arrange them effectively. I’ll show you a proper photo tomorrow as one of the things they say is take any photos tomorrow as your flowers will be ‘sleepy after their long journey to you!’

The hosts on Radio Cornwall this afternoon were talking about old kitchen implements and I was reminded of one that I haven’t used for a while. I used to love using it as a little girl and need to share it with LiveWires next time they visit as it is a very satisfying piece to use.Can you guess its purpose?

I love watching Masterchef and caught up on an episode this afternoon as the winds blew woolies around the house.  I can usually resist going straight into the kitchen but when 3 out of 4 of the contestants make Sticky Toffee Puddings, well, what can you do? The recipe made eight puddings so one has gone next door and the spare five will go into the freezer for the next time that the need arises!

 

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