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Garden Rescue, Fungi and Pak Choi

Storm Callum left our garden battered but not too badly. I went out in the wildness to collect some broken off Millet stalks and some Dahlias which now look rather lovely in a vase.

Rescued Dahlias and Millet

Coming back across the lawn, we found these Fungi which I hope will develop into a Fairy Circle.

Fungi

Near the house is the vegetable trough where I planted winter vegetables. While we were away, caterpillars ate most of the Pak Choi which now looks quite lacy and pretty!

Caterpillar ravaged Pak Choi

 

 

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Daily Stuff, Clematis and Red Leaves

Storm Callum has been beating its way across Cornwall today and we have mostly stayed indoors doing the everyday stuff. This poem by Naomi Shibab Nye, Daily,  seems the right one for today though no washing was hung outside!

Daily - Naomi Shihab Nye
These shriveled seeds we plant,
corn kernel, dried bean,
poke into loosened soil,
cover over with measured fingertips
 
These T-shirts we fold into
perfect white squares
 
These tortillas we slice and fry to crisp strips
This rich egg scrambled in a gray clay bowl
 
This bed whose covers I straighten
smoothing edges till blue quilt fits brown blanket
and nothing hangs out
 
This envelope I address
so the name balances like a cloud
in the center of sky
 
This page I type and retype
This table I dust till the scarred wood shines
This bundle of clothes I wash and hang and wash again
like flags we share, a country so close
no one needs to name it
 
The days are nouns: touch them
The hands are churches that worship the world

 

The Clematis over the arch is hanging very low making it hard to get through – but I love how it looks this late into the season. Even after the storm, it is still looking good though blown about all day. We still have dangerous winds to come…….

Clematis taking over

Yesterday in Penryn, these richly coloured leaves caught my attention.

Red

 

 

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Days 16 and 17 – Leaving Arizona, Arriving Atlanta

Wednesday 19th September 2018

This morning we drove to Phoenix, dropped off the car – we have driven 1,506 miles, through mountains and deserts, through small towns and farmland and have flown to Atlanta, Georgia to spend the next four days with my lovely Brother and Sister-in-law.  It will be good to stop moving for a few days!

Thursday 20th September

My Dear SIL planned a treat for us for today – a trip to Atlanta’s beautiful Botanical Gardens and an evening performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Gardens and what a treat that turned out to be! The garden was a story book delight! All the characters are made out of plants and are exquisite.

The Story Book

The front cover

The Dragon (with a Sleeping Princess)

The Phoenix

Rip Van Winkle

Earth Goddess

Camels

We didn’t manage to see everything on this visit as we had to have dinner and make our way to the Theatre space which was on the 63ft wide pond! It was still very hot – it had been a very humid 29C earlier and so, along with the ticket, each member of the audience was given a fan, a lovely gesture.

The stage before the play began

I’m a Theatre Fan!

The play was an absolute delight, sparkling from start to finish with just six actors taking all the parts and clearly loving every minute as we did.

Atlanta skyline at night after the show

 

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Road Trip Day 15 – Monument Valley and Flagstaff

Dawn over the Mittens at Monument Valley – what a treat for the last full day of our road trip.

Dawn

Sunrise

We drove to Flagstaff  after breakfast to spend the night with our friends with whom we have spent the last few days having amazing adventures. Their garden in the desert is full of colour – a tribute to the gardeners – and the Hummingbirds love their sugar feeder.

Road to Flagstaff

Mural seen on the way

Mural seen on the way

Sunflowers

Hummingbird waiting by the tomatoes

Hummingbird silhouette

Hummingbird coming to the feeder

 

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Sunflower, Weeds and A Romanesco

I was singing with friends this morning and as we left J pointed out the serendipitous Sunflower that has been planted by the birds next to a tree that has died.

Sunflower among the dead branches adding life and colour

It’ll be Redruth’s Monthly Market Day tomorrow so I went along to do my bit in weeding the courtyard. There were lots of laughs to be had as we cleared away the weeds from the cobbles. I took a Before photo of a small patch but was so exhausted by the end of the hour that I forgot to take the after photo!

Before weeding

Volunteers clearing up the market

On the way home, I bought a Romanesco to have with our Moussaka tonight.

Chartreuse coloured vegetable

 

 

Autumn Leaves, A Poem and Optimism

The winds have brought the start of Autumn leaves covering our lawn.

Garden strewn with Autumn leaves

This poem by Elizabeth Jennings seems just perfect for today.

Song at the Beginning of Autumn – Elizabeth Jennings

Now watch this autumn that arrives
In smells. All looks like summer still;
Colours are quite unchanged, the air
On green and white serenely thrives.
Heavy the trees with growth and full
The fields. Flowers flourish everywhere.

Proust who collected time within
A child’s cake would understand
The ambiguity of this –
Summer still raging while a thin
Column of smoke stirs from the land
Proving that autumn gropes for us.

But every season is a kind
Of rich nostalgia. We give names –
Autumn and summer, winter, spring –
As though to unfasten from the mind
Our moods and give them outward forms.
We want the certain, solid thing.

But I am carried back against
My will into a childhood where
Autumn is bonfires, marble, smoke;
I lean against my window fenced
From evocations in the air.
When I said autumn, autumn broke

I have shared charts from Action for Happiness before. Here is October’s inspiration to lift us all in this troubled world.  You may need to download it to read it clearly or you could get it direct from http://www.actionforhappiness.org/optimistic-october?mc_cid=ba6f11f2dd&mc_eid=e01a9569da

Optimistic October

 

 

 

 

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Leaf, Lupin and A Bee

I love the colours of these leaves in Autumn.

Cornus Controversa ‘Variegata’

We have a Lupin in flower on the last day of September.

White Lupin

The Clematis, Bill Mackenzie, is alive with bees all day. The yellow flowers on the wall outside the kitchen look like a constant stream of sunlight and clearly, they are very attractive to the bees.

Pollen laden bee on one of  Bill Mackenzie’s yellow flowers

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2018 in Beauty, environment, garden, nature, Photography

 

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