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In the Garden in December

The lovely Mr S has been out into the rather damp garden to find me some beautiful things as I am laid up with some vile lurgy that has knocked the stuffing out of me. Postings may be sporadic over the next few day and I apologise to followers for no beautiful things yesterday.

Yellow spike on the Canna Lily

Hiding Hare

Pansy in the edibles trough

 

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Herb Garden, Chimneys and Book No 5

It’s my Mum’s birthday today and, of course, she has been in my mind especially today. I was thinking about what I had learned from her – about gardening, cooking, being forgiving, being kind and above all, finding the good in everyone and the beauty in everything. Mum always had a herb garden close to the kitchen as we do too.

Mum also collected old chimneys to plant up and I have inherited them. You can see just a few in the next photo.

Some of Mum’s chimneys, this front one with Heliotrope still in flower on 5th November and planted every year to remember Mum

Mum’s father was Welsh, she was half Welsh and I am one quarter Welsh. My book today is Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. When I was very young we used to listen to this fabulous confection of words and magical imagination on two vinyl records and I heard it often.  Later I was bought the tapes and later still, I chose to teach it as part of the GCSE English literature course. I know it almost by heart.

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas on vinyl

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas on cassette tapes

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

 

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Welly Dog, Clematis and Fuschia

We had hailstones this morning but Welly Dog smiled through it all.

Back garden from indoors in the hailstorm

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2018 in environment, garden, sculpture

 

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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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