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Honeysuckle, Broad Beans and Grandbabies

1 The honeysuckle is looking beautiful and the bees are appreciating the blooms too.

Bumble bee on the honeysuckle

2 There was a Bumble bee on the honeysuckle but my biologist daughter tells me that this bee on the broad beans is a Honey bee. I’m not sure why, but that pleases me!

Honey bee on the broad bean flowers

3    The children came home and Tabitha raided the cupboard for the beautiful colourful cup-cake cups and Jake had fun with Lucy.

Indestructible silicone cup-cake cases

Jake having fun with his Aunty Lucy

and a question for my fellow bloggers who are gardeners – My Sprouting Broccoli is sprouting! I thought it was supposed to do this in the Winter and the Spring. Should I pinch out the tops or what? Please advise!


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Growing Strawberries, Making Rockets and Eating Ice-Cream

1   Inspired by the beautiful photos of strawberries here I went out to see how mine, grown in another old chimney pot, are doing.

Strawberries growing in an old chimney pot

Our first strawberry, just needs some sun

2   Rain until teatime today so first some soft play at Snappy’s in Portreath, with my first experience ever of bouncing in a bouncy castle! (Quite disorientating!)  That was followed by rocket building this afternoon, one making an ‘ear splitting sound’ according to Jake.

Jake and his rockets

3  Tabitha had her first taste of real Cornish icecream and was determined to get every last lick.

Cornish ice-cream is the best!

Apologies to those of my readers who have liked  and commented in the last few days and to whom I have not  yet replied.   I had forgotten how very time consuming having little ones around can be. It’s all I can manage at the moment to keep my blog going – so here is a big Thank You to you all and I’ll get back to you soon!


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Falmouth Fish Festival, Poppies and My Mum

1   We spent the morning being entertained at the Falmouth Fish Festival, sampling some delicious Cornish produce and thoroughly enjoying Squashbox Theatre, stories, music and fish facts for children of all ages!

Jake sampling some fresh mackerel

Grumpie’s Pies where we bought some beautiful pies to bring home for lunch with salad

Cornish Oak Smoked Salt

Reflections of the masts in Falmouth Harbour

2   Our poppies get better and better. Just look at the creases on the petals of the open one, the veining on the nearly open one and the dew drops on the bud – so beautiful. Click on the photos to see that beautiful detail.


Two buds

3   It’s 19 years today since my beautiful Mum died. Her love and her wisdom are still what guide me. The Forget-me-nots in my garden for her and were in bloom in her gardens for as many years as I can remember.

For my Mum xx


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Washing Line, Curly Roots and Thomas Hardy

1   Seeing the children’s clothes on the line this beautiful sunny morning gave me such a lovely feeling! (I know the wall isn’t beautiful right now but it will be when we’ve finished!)

Baby washing

2  Tipping out an old flower pot this morning, we discovered this beautiful pattern of roots.

Curly roots

3   It rained this afternoon (more petrichor!) so we stayed in and played. Tabitha spent the afternoon unloading one section of the bookcase and piling them up beside me on the carpet and then putting them back. She obviously takes after her Mum and me in her appreciation of Thomas Hardy!

Thomas Hardy novels


Posted by on June 2, 2012 in books, family, home, literature, nature


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Fledglings, Red Onion and Smoking Chimney

1   Got a text this morning telling us that the baby thrushes which were just eggs last time we heard of them in their scruffy nest ( have all four successfully fledged today.  Lovely news. Thanks, Di.


Just look at the pattern in this beautiful red onion!

3   We had a barbecue this beautiful warm summery evening, Halloumi with Vegetables and it was a lovely evening, full of contentment.

Skewers ready to grill

One of our many chimneys used as a stand for the instant barbecue

Grilled and ready for eating


Posted by on May 29, 2012 in birds, family, Food, home, nature


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Batch Baking Day, Neighbours Return and Mini Digger

1   Little sun until this afternoon so a batch baking day ready for a family visit next week. Made some delicious Lemony Pork and Chicken Meatballs (will be on my Recipe page soon) , a big panful of Ragu, and a Chicken,Lentil and Mushroom Casserole. I also made some beautiful Choc Chip Mini Muffins (on the recipe page) to try out a new recipe to bake with Jake (3 years old) when he’s here next week. Like his Mum, he loves baking too.

Baked Lemony Meatballs

2   Our lovely neighbours are home after 7 weeks away with Babel in London. It’s so good to have them home!

3   I think this mini digger is very beautiful – and when the work is finished our drive will be beautiful too!

Mini Digger

Some bonus flower pictures, micro photographs, taken this evening, with advice from another blogger, kyle78234 Thank you!

Cosmos with Fujifilm X10

Forget-me-not with FujifilmX10

Aquilega, this time with FujifilmX10

And this is my 201st post!


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Oxides, Blue Sky and Singing ‘The Soldiers’ Farewell’

1   On some of the paving slabs on our new patio are some remarkably beautiful fern-like patterns. I thought they were  fossilised ferns but I’m told it’s oxides in the stone. Click to see the detail.

Oxides or fossils?

Fossilised fern?

2   It has been properly warm today with such a lovely Cornish blue sky.

Cornish blue sky

3   Singing tonight with Hilary and the Inglehearts was so lovely. We did ‘The Soldiers’ Farewell’ with its beautiful harmonies and cadences – so moving, it  gave me the shivers.


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An Email, Horses and Another Simple Supper

1   An email from a dear friend saying that I have just made her day!

2   Four horses in the field behind us today.

Four horses

3  Beautiful simple supper of grilled peppers with garlicky tomatoes and grilled Halloumi on top and served with some crispy bread to soak up the juices. Scrumptious!

Halloumi Peppers


Posted by on May 16, 2012 in animals, baking, Food, home, nature, senses


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Smells of Senegal, London Underground and Khalil Gibran on Children

1  Such a lovely thing – when I use my hairdryer, it blows out the beautiful incensey smell that was in our apartment in Pikine in Senegal bringing back all those lovely memories.

2  We’ve just bought a new shower curtain with the Tube map on it! Click on it to make it big enough to read.

London Underground Map on our new shower curtain

3  I’ve just come back from the run-through of tomorrow’s Baby Naming Ceremony, firstly a beautiful drive down to Potager Garden though lanes lined by ancient  trees and then the words of the Ceremony which contain the following from Kahlil Gibran, words that Mr S and I love and the philosophy which we tried to keep in mind while bringing up our own four children:

“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.”



Posted by on April 20, 2012 in books, home, poetry, Senegal, senses, travel


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A Funeral, A Baby Naming and Glass Art

1   It was a beautiful send-off for Mo this morning with a good number of laughs as her naughty sense of fun was remembered. Our singing of ‘You are my Sunshine’ was appreciated though the words have never seemed more poignant and we won’t ever sing it again without thinking of Mo. It was so good to have Claire Ingleheart with us returned specially from her work in London.

2   I spent the rest of the morning working on a Baby Naming Ceremony for Saturday – the welcoming into the world of another new life.The parents have chosen some lovely readings and their words are just beautiful.

3  I love these glass Agapanthus flowers which we bought in the Scillies a couple of years ago. Every time I see them, I remember our holiday. Unfortunately I don’t have the artist’s name.

Glass Agapanthus


Posted by on April 17, 2012 in art, Cornwall, home, travel


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