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Bubbles, Sunset and Scrubs

With the help of my brother in Atlanta, Georgia, I am learning to make Sourdough bread. Here is our starter at Day 3.

We went out to clap for the NHS and all carers again this evening and there was a pretty sunset which I captured in the side of my car.

A new group has been formed in Cornwall and in the 24 hours since it started, 550 people have signed up. The group is called Cornwall Scrubs, a Cornish group of volunteers making scrubs for hospitals, GPs and Carers in Cornwall. Today I cleared my glass workroom, put everything away and tomorrow, I will set it up for sewing. I’m going to be making the porterage bags for the scrubs which can be made out of any cotton fabric so I can use up stuff I have in.

 

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Today, Springtime Walk and A Recipe

Today is World Happiness Day and the Vernal Equinox.  In these difficult times, let me show you the lambs that appeared in the back field today.  It’s Spring.

It was a beautiful morning and we went on our regular walk, a short stretch of the Flat lode Trail. Please join us, especially if you are having to stay indoors, on this lovely full-of-Springtime walk.

A couple of my Dear Readers asked for the recipe for my Special Brownies which I showed you yesterday.  You and they, can now find the recipe here.

 

 

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A Lane, Camellia and Brownies

We have a short walk just out of our front door that takes us down Church Lane, along Lovers’ Lane and back by an unnamed lane – fresh air and encountering very few people.

There are some remarkable Camellias across the road, they are saucer size!

Another treat made today and put into the freezer – my special Brownies, gooey and delicious.  If the treats aren’t in the freezer, they disappear in a few days – being frozen, they require some forethought!  We had each had one before I got the photo taken.

Special Brownies

 

Letter, Crocuses and Cake

The Guardian newspaper printed my letter this morning! There has been ongoing correspondence for the last month about marmalade making and I joined in!  Regular readers will know about my marmalade making every January.

From The Guardian 15/2/2020

Storm Ciara did a good job of flattening our Spring flowers. They were just beginning to perk up when Dennis arrived. The Crocuses and little Iris Reticulata have suffered the most. The Tete a Tete are still standing up.

The weather outside is frightful so we have stayed indoors, re-hung some more paintings after the decorating, curled up and read and, later, baked a Banana and Raisin Loaf.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2020 in baking, garden, nature, Photography, Postaday2020

 

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Sign, Flower and Cake

On our walk today we spotted a small sign but couldn’t see where the exhibition might be.

Down the lane were a few brave Celandines.

I baked this afternoon – Tamal Ray’s Date Traybake with Toffee. It’s delicious but the toffee hasn’t set well enough to spread over the top and set so we’ll just pop a bit on each slice.

 
 

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A Poem, Dinosaurs and Berries

I loved my Thesaurus as I was growing up, given to me when I was, I think, nine years old and it stayed by my side for many years. In due course, it fell apart and I was given a shiny new copy.  Today is Thesaurus Day which commemorates the birth of Peter Mark Roget, born on this day in 1779 and author of Roget’s Thesaurus.  Here’s a poem to celebrate. It’s called ‘Roger’s Thesaurus’ and it is by Brian Bilston who published it on Twitter this morning.

I have given away our beautiful Dinosaur Muffin tin as our LiveWires have grown out of their Dinosaur phase. It has gone to a very good home.

I loved this tree on our walk – the spikiness of the branches, the softness of the lichen and the spherical little berries silhouetted against the sky.
 

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A Birthday, Marmalade and Cookies

It seems appropriate that today, my Dear Dad’s birthday, I have spent much of the day making marmalade. Dad was the marmalade maker in our house and I used to help him when I was quite young. The smell of the oranges boiling is so evocative of lovely times.

I spent the rest of the day baking cookies for our decorators, ColourGirlz, who start tomorrow on the hall, stairs and landing. I have used an old family recipe but adapted it by adding cinnamon and dried cherries as a very dear friend does. She takes them on long car journeys and they are very much appreciated.

Cinnamon Oat Crunchies with Cherries

 
 

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