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Community Roots, Poly Tunnel and Harvesting

We visited Community Roots today, described as  “Community Supported Agriculture 🌱 Nature Friendly market garden. Food and friendships within our community” and it was all those things and more.

We expected just to be shown around to to see what was going on but it turned out to be the day for putting up a new poly tunnel and it seemed that extra hands would be useful so we stayed and helped. What a wonderful sense of satisfaction and camaraderie.

Plastic covering ready to roll

Pulling it over and holding tight against the breeze

Tucking in the sides

Done!

It was the day for harvesting the onions and some volunteers, aged  from 3 to 75,  were laying them all out to dry off in the sun.

 

 

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Happiness, Sweet Corn and Geranium

It’s the start of the month and so the Happiness Calendar is here.If you would like a bigger version, click on this link.

We are growing our Sweet Corn in the garden rather than the allotment and it’s doing really well.

Lovely friends gave us this geranium plant a few years ago and after resting last year, it is back with its beautiful vibrant colour.

 

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My Choirs Sang at The MInack!

Enjoy the gallery, photos taken by the lovely Mr S. Click on any photo for the caption and to enlarge. We all certainly enjoyed singing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Rowena Wade’s Minack Theatre.

 

Bullfinches, Sweet Peas and Golden Glow

Just before I took this photo, there were six bullfinches including two females at the feeders. What lovely colours they are.

Our sweetpeas are fabulous and share their scent all over the house.

There is a beautiful golden glow over the back garden as I write this tonight.

You may remember, Dear Reader, that I wrote about Cornish Hurling at the end of last month. You can see the post by clicking here. My letter was published in The Guardian yesterday!

In The Guardian 23.6.2

 

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Friends, Dinner and Salad

For the first time in more than two years we have had friends round for dinner. I read a new recipe last week and decided this would be our meal – Sun Dried Tomato Chicken and Gnocchi which I served with a salad of leaves and flowers from our garden.We followed this with a Strawberry and Blueberry Eton Mess and cheeses – all absolutely delicious.  What a delightfully ‘normal’ evening full of catch-up, laughter and happiness.

 

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Lunch, Rain and Fat Books

Today I met a friend for lunch for the first time in three years! It was so lovely to spend time together again after so long. We went to a delightful cafe, tucked away down Cornish lanes where we could sit outside in the sunshine.

It rained really hard all afternoon.

I love this! I have so many fat books that are full of memories of the times when I read them, when a friend read them or when my Mum read them – and some that really are full of pressed flowers and leaves.

 

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Bonnets, Singing and Bunting

I’m loving the Granny’s Bonnets that are springing up in every border. Here are two of them.

It is so good to be back singing with my choirs. Today with the Suitcase Singers, we sang a beautiful piece –  Wild Mountain Thyme – rewritten by Belfast man Frances McPeake in 1957. It is based upon an earlier Scottish folk song ‘The Braes of Balquhidder- written by Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) – and arranged by Claire Ingleheart, our leader.

There is bunting up in the garden next door! The following are Sue’s words as her brother returns from 18 months in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey.

“Pete’s home!!!❤️💗💕
His journey included voyaging on the Sir David Attenborough from Rothera to the Falklands (via Cornish Island and an icy dip), flight from Port Stanley to Brize Norton, being picked up by his sweetheart Philly and ferried back to Cornwall via Mama and Papa Byrde in Dorset. Preparations here included picking a kilo of asparagus and the wrangling of much bunting”
Welcome home, Pete.
 

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Baking, Playing and Planting

We decorated the cake

Exploring caves at Chapel Porth – photo by LR

Fun on the beach – photo by LR

Cousins running down the lane to the allotment

Planting flowers brought by their aunt – to be visited every year, we hope.

 

 

Kindness, Blue and a Poem

Last week I had to visit St Michael’s hospital for an assessment on my ankles (new ones or fused ones – don’t like the idea of either option) and while I was there having a test done, I realised that I had lost the top button from my cardigan. The lovely Nurse who was looking after me said she would look for it and post it to me. Today it arrived! What a really lovely kind thing for a very busy person to do.

We walked along Cliff Road in Falmouth  today, nice and flat for the lovely Mr S who is really walking well now and along there are planted some really interesting plants. Perhaps someone can help me identify this one. I thought it was a Scilla but it seems not……

Today’s poem in A Poet For Every Day of the Year is a provocative one for a teacher like me. It irritates me that this child was chided so when she was enjoying her slow read but I love the enjoyment she finds in reading and re-reading. .

 

 

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Sunset, Spires and Ice Cream Cones

We spent a very happy hour with the Mac technician in Truro who solved all the problems with our laptop and all with patience and good humour. So now, here is the sunset photo I wanted to show you yesterday. It’s a bit fuzzy, taken through the window, but you get the very dramatic fieriness.

Today the sky was blue and walking around Truro again after many months, was a joy. Here are the spires of the Cathedral.

 

There was a delightful window display in one of my favourite shops –

 
 
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