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Croissants, Placards and The Climate Emergency

The LiveWires cooked their own breakfast this morning – chocolate croissants.

Milking the chocolate croissants

Golden and ready

Our young activists spent the morning making placards for the Climate Emergency School Strike in Truro today.

LiveWire No 2 preparing his placard

On the Demo!

Very proud of our two LiveWires!

 

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2019 in art, baking, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Mural, New Recipe and A Poem

Each season the mural on one of my favourite shops, Just Delights, is changed. This winter one has been up for a while ……It shows the main street of Penryn.

by Elizabeth Perry

Our dear neighbour came in for dinner this evening, a late celebration of the lovely Mr S’s birthday. I invented a new cheesecake recipe which has gone down a treat!

Blueberry and Lime Cheesecake

And a poem for you, one that I like

The Weight of Sweetness – Li-Young Lee 

No easy thing to bear, the weight of sweetness.

Song, wisdom, sadness, joy: sweetness
equals three of any of these gravities.

See a peach bend
the branch and strain the stem until
it snaps.
Hold the peach, try the weight, sweetness
and death so round and snug
in your palm.
And, so, there is
the weight of memory:

Windblown, a rain-soaked
bough shakes, showering
the man and the boy.
They shiver in delight,
and the father lifts from his son’s cheek
one green leaf
fallen like a kiss.

The good boy hugs a bag of peaches
his father has entrusted
to him.
Now he follows
his father, who carries a bagful in each arm.
See the look on the boy’s face
as his father moves
faster and farther ahead, while his own steps
flag, and his arms grow weak, as he labors
under the weight
of peaches.

 

 

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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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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.

 

Statue, Acacia and Cake

Reading outside the greengrocer’s

Acacia

Millionaire’s shortbread

 
 

Embroidery, Cake and Our Town

Many, many years ago my Mum embroidered pillowcases with Goodnight, the child’s name and kisses for all her Grandchildren and two of our four, now in their 40s, still have theirs, if a little worn. I have started today making such pillow cases for each of our six Grandchildren for Christmas.

First pillowcase

I iced the Hummingbird cake tonight to take to a shared supper and it went down well.

Hummingbird Cake

We love our small town. You might enjoy watching this video that tells you about Redruth, its history and how it is blossoming recently.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/business/how-redruth-moved-worst-estate-2184475?fbclid=IwAR1MCS4U-8pG3DdYlfsSNRF_3-4zoJIVrnYrM0mg8bvEHIq1yihGqejqIcM

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2018 in baking, embroidery, environment, Photography

 

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Recycling, Cake and Book No 7

I always enjoy going to Porthtowan’s Eco Park both for the Singing for Your Heart and Soul and for the grounds. Today I found another quirky planter made of old tyres.

Beautiful planter

This afternoon, it being stormy and wet again, I decided to bake and made a Hummingbird Cake. I found it in one of my SIL’s cookery books while we were in Atlanta in September. It sounds delicious, contains bananas and pineapple, vanilla and cinnamon so we will see when it is sandwiched and iced with a cream cheese icing.

Just out of the oven

My last choice for the Book Challenge is Lonesome Dove, a 1985  Western by Texan author Larry McMurtry. It was reading this that made me want to visit Montana but we haven’t made it yet.

I loved a Western!

The story focuses on the relationship between several retired Texas Rangers and their adventures driving a cattle herd from Texas to Montana.  The novel explores themes of old age, death, unrequited love and friendship and is unputdownable! I think it has been made into a film but I don’t like to see films of books I have read as they rarely match up to the film I had in my head when I was reading!

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2018 in baking, books, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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