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A Cat, Narcissi and A Poem

My post today is for our Dear Friend, N, with all the love we can muster. First, one of next door’s cats posing on a post.

Our Suffragette garden is full of white and green. The purple bits (crocuses/Hebe)  finished before the Narcissi burst into life or haven’t flowered yet (purple tulips)but we are reminded of the strength of those amazing women whenever we are in the front garden.  We can find that strength now.

This poem came my way the other day and I wrote to the poet to ask for permission to share it with you here – Serenity Prayer by Brian Bilston, so apt at the moment. Thank you BB. I have posted one of his poems before. Click here to read it.

 

 

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Eight Hundred Trees!

What a wonderful morning! The sun shone, the rain held off though the bitter wind still blew and we have been with friends, their friends and neighbours and we have planted 800 trees! Nicky and Gavin had organised an amazing event called Trees and Bowls to bring people together to plant the trees in their field at blanket Farm.  Between us, we have planted Sessile and English Oak, Downy and Silver Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Hawthorn,  Beech and Gean Cherry. There are others too but I cannot remember what they all are. The trees have been planted in glades and with paths, in same groups and mixed. So many people turned up, they were all planted by lunchtime!

We then all went indoors for truly scrumptious soup, all homemade, and delicious donated bread, in the bowls lovingly crafted  by Nicky and Jude, sold in aid of Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugee Families. The glass trees I have been showing you recently were all made to be sold at the same event, also in aid of the local Refugee charity.

What a beautiful thing to do – to make a forest for the future. We are in awe and delighted to have been a part of it. The happy and smiley community in the fields showed everyone’s enthusiastic pleasure  at being involved. There was a sense of determination, too, in everyone, aged from 7 to 101 to plant trees to do our bit to save the planet.  Please enjoy the gallery and click the photos to enlarge the picture and read the captions that will tell you the greater story.

Just had an update as we were writing this post – 875 trees planted, 85 bowls sold, £1055 raised for the Refugee families.

Gavin, Nicky, Ti and Kaja

Six years ago the first part of woodland was planted. https://mybeautfulthings.com/2013/12/10/mandela-memorial-lunch-and-tree-planting/

 

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Dinner with Friends

We’ve had a delightful evening with friends.
Dinner started with a delicious salad starter of Roasted Carrot, Lentil and Rocket Salad,  the main course was a Sicilian Squash and Chickpea casserole with a Rainbow Couscous and the dessert a Pear, Apple and Ginger Crisp with Custard. It all went down very well indeed!

Roasted Carrot, Lentil and Rocket Salad

Sicilian Chickpea and Squash Casserole

Rainbow Couscous

 

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Daffodils, More Daffodils and Phiz

In the town car park today, I spotted these little daffodils.

We have a ‘host of golden daffodils’ in our house. Last week, for the lovely Mr S’s birthday, our super neighbour brought in many bunches of Cornish Daffodils which have now all opened, all 58 of them!

On this day in 1812, Charles Dickens was born. We have a beautiful set of his works, illustrated by Phiz, the nom de plume of Hablot Knight Browne. They worked together for 23 years. These are all from Nicolas Nickleby.

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Star, Stew and A Song

I didn’t  pack this decoration away with the other things as I like seeing it twist and twirl in the warmth above the radiator.

To round off the lovely Mr Smith’s birthday weekend, I have made a Chicken and Hatch Chilli Stew, using proper American Hatch Chiles and it was scrumptious, a proper treat!

Chicken and Hatch Chile Stew

 

Eva Cassidy was born on this day in 1963. She died far too young. Here is one of my favourites of her songs and you can read about her here.

 

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Friendship, Twine and A Band

Friendship February

Gorgeous coloured twine for the garden seen in a Falmouth shop today.

As a birthday treat for the lovely Mr S, we went to see a fabulous band, Falmouth Soul Sensation, who were playing a Benefit concert in aid of Cornwall Hugs Grenfell. This charity, formed by a Cornish resident after the Grenfell fire tragedy, gathers ‘one week’ pledges from holiday-home owners in Cornwall to give Grenfell survivors and bereaved families, as well as firefighters, the hope of a holiday. At least 500 people have been supported so far. Local businesses help too supplying ice creams or boat trips, free visits to attractions and cream teas. Those who couldn’t offer such things have paid towards the transport to bring families here. A lot of people have been made very happy by this offer of friendship and support from Cornish folk.

Falmouth Soul Sensation

 
 

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Contrast, Bee and An Anniversary

The contrast between the red holly berries and the white and green of the Periwinkle drew my eye on our walk today.

I was very surprised to see a bee on flowers as we came up the hill.

We moved into this house twelve years ago today so we are having a special meal and we have Daffodils on the table. It had taken us 40 years to finally get back home!
When we arrived twelve years ago and had a Chinese takeaway sitting on the dining room floor (the furniture was due to arrive the next morning) our lovely new neighbour popped in with a bunch of Cornish Daffodils in a jam jar and promptly joined us on the floor! That was the beginning of a very lovely friendship and we feel so very lucky to have moved in next door.

 
 
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