Our day was busy and hard work so I booked dinner at our favourite place, The Royal Oak in Perranwell. They have an airy marquee as a dining room extension and that’s where we chose to be. I started the evening with a Cornish gin flavoured with blackberries. It was delicious! That was our first visit in eighteen months though we did collect many take-aways during lockdown. We are so glad they have survived though like many places in Cornwall they are short staffed and working really hard to keep customers happy.
Category Archives: garden
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 heard Jackie Kay on Radio 4 this afternoon and learned about the inspiration for writing one of her poems. She had heard that from 2017 babies born in Scotland were to get a cardboard box containing mattress, sheets, clothes – all a new born might need. She wrote to the government to suggest that there should be a poem in the box and they said ‘Yes!’ So, she wrote the poem ‘Welcome wee one’. She spoke of how new Mums would see her on the street, thank her for the poem and ask for selfies. I think this is brilliant.
Our rose is giving us bloom after bloom and has such a lovely old fashioned rose scent. Does anyone else remember collecting the petals of roses and trying to make perfume? It always ended up as a rather gruesome mixture both in looks and smell!
Today I have sorted the place where I put cuttings and bits of paper that I want to keep for some reason. I’m not sure when I cut this rather lovely and very touching poem out of the paper. It’s by Christopher Reid who was the Costa Book of the Year winner in 2009 and was the Saturday Poem in The Guardian sometime in 2010.
My choirs are meeting up at the Porthtowan Eco Park where we can sing in the atrium, covered but with plenty of air circulating. Over the weeks I’ve been watching the development of a beautiful mural and today stopped to talk to the artist, Camilla, to tell her how much I love her work. All the elements of the eco park are here – vegetables and edible flowers growing, wind turbines turning, musicians playing and singing, food being served, campers playing and all in such lovely earthy colours. She’s working on an elevated platform and is well wrapped up against the wind and mizzle.
A poppy self-seeded in the edible garden in the trough just outside the kitchen window. I know it isn’t edible but I left it there because it is beautiful.
Sorry, can’t post tonight, too caught up in the game at Wimbledon!
P.S. 6th July
So sorry that Emma Raducanu had to withdraw with illness.I’m not usually a tennis fan but I find her inspirational and send her all the very best for her future
It was such a lovely morning we went to Chapelporth at 8.30 at low tide with the intention of walking along the beach to under the cliffs where Wheal Coates looks over the sea. However the low tide wasn’t low at all! We couldn’t go around the first rock and as soon as the tide turned, it raced inshore. There is a facebook page called Preposterous Parking in Cornwall which often shows cars caught by the tide!
All today’s beautiful things were found by the lovely Mr S – a moth last night on the mirror in the hall, a lovely bud on the Allium and buds on a Crocosmia in someone’s patch at the allotment. I’ll try to remember to photograph them when they are in full bloom. We think the moth is a Dew Moth but are open to suggestions, as always.