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Good News, Kindness and Nature’s Magic

We had the best news today that a singing friend had his last treatment and yesterday ‘rang the bell.’ I have his permission to share the good news and his photo where he has dressed up for the occasion.

Flour has been hard to get hold of, especially strong flour for bread making. On Thursday evening, after clapping for our carers  in this crisis, we started chatting to our other next-door neighbours whom we hardly know. We were chatting generally about shopping and life under lockdown and that we are self-isolating (not because we are ill but we are considered vulnerable) Today, on our doorstep, we found a note on a bag with flour that S&P had sourced for us from a local farm shop, such a kind gesture from people we hardly know.

We have watched with increasing amusement today as the pile of potting mix on a big cloth left on my ‘potting table’ for the next session, changed shape. As the wind has blown fairly wildly today, the random pile that filled the cloth, has gradually become a beautifully neat circle!

 

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Spring Flowers, Singing and A Cat in a Tree

Our garden is a haven of peace and colour and bird song. We are so lucky.  The sun has been shining today and we felt the warmth.

There can be no choir today but our wonderful leader, Claire, has sent us a class from warm up to wind down, reminders of songs we know and the four parts for a brand new song so that when we are all together again, we will have a new song almost ready. Here is a starter song to get us all going. It made me weep to hear her voice again but after a few listens I was bouncing around the kitchen singing my heart out!

Next door’s cat Zorro was tree climbing but I wasn’t quick enough to catch him full face.

 

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Breakfast, Bouquet and Rainbows

As it’s Mothers’ Day, the lovely Mr S made me a special breakfast, the ‘children’ all being unable to be here. The raspberries were homegrown, the blackberries picked in the nearby lane and have all been in the freezer. They were especially delicious.

Princess Breakfast

Here is a garden bouquet  for Mother’s Day to the Mother in us all and to the Mother of us all.

Flowers from our garden

Several years ago Daughter No 2 sent me a rainbow maker for Mother’s Day. Today it was throwing rainbows into our downstairs loo and onto the delightful painting that we have in there, a present from friends in the North when we left to come home 12 years ago.

Yesterday’s News by M Clarkson

 

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A Birthday, St Piran’s Parade and Chapel Porth

Daughter No 1 is with us for her birthday which is lovely. We have had a splendid day enjoying first the Redruth St Piran’s parade,

The poster

A very busy Fore Street and the Town Clock

Photo by M

then a trip to Chapel Porth for a walk up to Wheal Coates and lunch at the Beach Cafe (their Croque Monsieurs are truly scrumptious!) The wind was so wild with gusts of 30-40mph that I abandoned the cliff top walk and left the other two to it! They did return! One of her siblings and family had rung to sing Happy Birthday just as they reached Wheal Coates.

They did come back over the hill

Then we  called in at Kresen Kernow to show M the wonderful new/old building

A Cornish chough engraved on the doors of Kresen Kernow

and have just finished our Birthday dinner of Confit Duck with Blackberry sauce followed by Chocolate Torte. Another sibling and family rang while we were cooking dinner. Happiness all round!

 

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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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Breakfast, Dinner and e e cummings

I made Blueberry Pancakes for breakfast.

We had candles at dinner of Duck a L’orange with kalettes.

This is a beautiful poem which we have both loved for more than 50 years. It was one of our shared moments soon after we met in the Autumn of 1966. We married less than 10 months later in August 1967 and I do know how lucky I am.

 

I carry your heart with me

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in
My heart) I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
By only me is your doing, my darling)

I fear
No fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want
No world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
And it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
And whatever a sun will always sing is you

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
And the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
Higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
And this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

e e cummings

I send love out to all my dear readers today.

 

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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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