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Cottage, Cygnets and Meeting the Artist

We met our friends for breakfast at The Heron on the side of the Malpas River and had a delicious breakfast with delightful company. Across the water is this lovely white cottage with its own stone steps down to the beach.

Walking away, we spotted two swan families on the water with six cygnets between them.

Afterwards we went into Truro to the museum to collect the print of Tony Foster’s Lockdown diary 1 which I fell in love with when we first saw it a couple of weeks ago. I showed you Lockdown Diary 2 in a post that day. You can see it here. You’ll be able to see the print when it has been framed.
I was excited about collecting the print and even more so when the staff said that Tony Foster was in the gallery and that I should go and meet him. What a lovely, friendly man! He was so easy to chat to, about his paintings, about the Grand Canyon, about the danger our beautiful and fragile planet is in, about lockdown and his delightful record of those strange days.  He was gracious enough to let me get a photo for this blog. He is standing by Lockdown Diary 1, a copy of which will be on our wall before too long.

At the back of the catalogue are the following words.

 

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Cake, Chickens and Blue

I iced the cake this morning with tangerine icing and took it to our friends for a lovely catch up.

Tangerine Dream Cake

On my drive home I noticed two chickens on gateposts advertising that fresh eggs were for sale so I stopped to get photos.

Today we’ve planted the Hydrangea in the freshening-up border along the way from the Mountain Pine. Here’s a photo of what it should look like next summer.

Lacecap Hydrangea Bluebird

 

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Scrumping, Hugging and A Painting

After a delightful walk through the gardens with dear friends, we arrived at the old apple orchard in Trelissick.  This orchard used to be known as the  ‘fruit garden of Cornwall’ and contains 70 different varieties, almost all Cornish. There were so many windfalls and we tasted a few, leaving the rest for the squirrels. My favourite to taste was Collogget Pippin, crisp and juicy. We weren’t really scrumping but told tales of doing so many years ago! Click on the red link to find out more.

Tree hugging was also on our tour. All four of us couldn’t quite link up, needing a LiveWire to fill the gap but, sadly,  none of us had one with us. 

In the garden centre section of the shop there were beautifully painted signs.

 

Dessert, A Gift and Pie

After a lovely day yesterday, we cooked dinner together –  Duck Confit which is our go-to celebration meal. Our dessert was a glass of Lime Cheesecake mixed with layers of ginger biscuits – delicious!

Very dear friends came for coffee and cake in the garden this morning, N&G and G’s 102 year old Mum, Ti. We had a lovely time chatting in the sunshine. It’s a long time since we were all together and plan on doing it again very soon. They brought us a box of goodies for our Anniversary, full of homegrown and homemade  treats, absolutely delightful.

With the leftover duck from last night, I made Duck and Lentil pie.The first time we ate this amazing pie was in Tournon D’Agenais in the South West of France where we had rented a gite.   That was where we first developed our taste for confit duck, now a very favourite dinner.

Duck and Lentil Pie

 

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Church, Chilli and Blue

Breakfast with our friends this month was at the cafe in Mylor – excellent menu and a well placed outdoor table with a view of the marina and a fresh sea breeze.  After breakfast we walked about the fascinating churchyard about which you can read more here.

Mylor Church

Our chilies are reddening!

Hydrangeas are glorious around Cornwall at the moment, especially the blue ones.

 

 

Produce Sharing

We love the community feeling at the allotments, the sharing of advice and of produce. In exchange for the gift of some beautiful cherry tomatoes and a cucumber, we cut some purple, white and a bit of green for a suffragette bunch of prettiness.

 

Bouquet, A Shed and Cat’s Eyes

It was our last session for singing with The Suitcase Singers until September  and next week is our lovely choir leader’s half century birthday. To make it special each member of the choir was asked to bring a couple of blooms or greenery from their garden so that we could put together a more personal bunch than one from a shop. The resulting bouquet was absolutely amazing, full of colour and scent and most of all, full of our love for Claire

Thanks to Mandy Rolleston for this photo. There’s a new shed at the allotment and it is gorgeous!

Coming back up Church Lane after watering and harvesting this evening, we met a new cat. Just look at its eyes!

 

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Beach, Purple and Our Little Guest

We met friends for a very sociable and tasty breakfast this morning and afterwards had a very brief and very hot walk on the beach.

On the way back to the car park these beauties caught my eye.

Our beautiful little guest, Fern, has settled in already, is loving being stroked and has a mighty purr – just delightful. What lovely and unusual markings she has. .

 

Coastline, Lichen and A Gift

A quiet walk early this morning and beautiful views along the North coast. We spotted six different kinds of butterfly, a good record for Butterfly Watch Week.

There were various varieties of lichen on the rocks. I like the profile of this one against the blues of the sea.

A gift of four lovely looking baking potatoes was waiting for us when we went down to water my seeds at the allotment tonight. They will make splendid dinners. Thank you S&M.  (I put M&S first but then, dear Reader,  you might have thought that they came from the store!)

 

Kindness, Dancing and Petiolaris

I was talking to a fellow allotmenteer this afternoon about the importance of kindness, triggered by their kindness in giving us some shallots, our crop being a complete disaster. I was reminded of the following that came my way some time ago.

I have my sister to thank for the following delightful video of some amazing dancing. I think I can guarantee that it will make you smile.

I love the delicacy of the blossoms on our Hydrangea Petiolaris in the front garden.

 

 

 

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