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Daffodils and A Technician

A few days ago our lovely neighbour delivered some Cornish daffodils for our 13th anniversary of moving here. They were all in bud but have now opened and are glorious, two vases full.  On our first evening here, in 2008, before the removal vans arrived,  we were sitting on the dining room floor with our daughter and her friend, enjoying our first meal in our new house – a Chinese takeaway. There was a ring at the door and there was Sue with a jam jar full of Cornish daffodils. She joined us on the floor and shared our dinner and it was quite clear from that moment that we would become very good friends. She has brought us daffodils on our anniversary ever since!.

Our internet has been down all day.  It has been quite a salutary lesson to realise how very dependent we are on being connected. We had an art lecture on Charles Rennie Mackintosh to attend in the early evening and later on I was to join a zoom choir session. We realised we couldn’t look up what to do to sort the problem, we couldn’t do our online supermarket order, couldn’t  ‘chat’ to friends, couldn’t do any banking and the list went on.  I wouldn’t be able to do my blog!  Happily, a very efficient and friendly technician from BT (British Telecom) was able to sort us out in a 40 minute phone call and there we were back on line in time to sing!  Thank you Scott from the Exeter BT help office.

 

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Catkins, A Gift and A Happy Story

Catkins, a sign of Spring on our bright and brisk walk.

A friend popped round on her walk today so that we could swap books and she brought me some beautiful sea glass too. So, I now have new red glass and some sea glass and I need to get back to work.Thank you so much, H, much appreciated.

The following lovely story came my way today and I thought you’d like it too, Dear Reader.

 

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A Delivery, A Gift and A Special Message

Although we need to have deliveries in lockdown, we want to cut big supermarkets out as much as possible so when our local Greengrocer, The Grow Box, first expanded their range, then added a butchery department, we decided to give them a go. Wow! We are not disappointed! Easy to get a slot for delivery and a lovely chap at the door with paper bags full of fresh stuff for the next week. Just look – and almost all local, Cornish produce – eggs, milk, sausages, leeks and carrots, broccoli and a courgette. Only the fruit will have traveled far.

We have spent several hours at the allotment today and have nearly cleared the patch outside the fruit cage – very satisfying! Even better, was being brought a beautiful Savoy cabbage by fellow allotmenteers to welcome us into the community – how very lovely and we’ve had some of it tonight with our Cornish sausages.

Yesterday, I made some family fudge from my Granny’s recipe. Today, there was a comment from my cousin in Australia as follows:

“I remember this fudge well! It appears in my mother’s recipe book as ‘Mima’s Fudge’ and was a special treat during my childhood. I now have the urge to make a batch!”

That absolutely delighted me! I will post the recipe soon but be warned, it is very wicked indeed!

 

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World Kindness Day, A Wonderful Word and A Charm

World Kindness day – if only every day were so named and  acted upon. What a wonderful word this  – triskaidekaphobia! It means a fear of all things to do with thirteen so Friday 13th comes under this heading. In fact, Friday 13th is a positive date, a day of good luck.

Every day there is a charm of Goldfinches at the feeders, nine here, sometimes more with others waiting their turn on the arch.

 

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A Poem, Kindness and Hope

I promised you a poem that I was sent recently. Here it is, another by Mary Oliver.  Kindness is so very important, at all times, but especially now in these very uncertain times. I send love and peace to you all along with this lovely poem.

Why I Wake Early – Mary Oliver

Hello sun in my face,
Hello you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety –

 

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light

 

good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

There was a wonderful interview on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning with a 100 year old man, Eddie Jaku, who had kindness in his soul, who had been in concentration camps and come out with the thought that he must counteract all cruelty with kindness. If you would like to listen to the whole interview , here is the link https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08y82p9

There were words of his that I scribbled down at the point of listening, that I wanted to keep for ever.

“One flower is my garden
One good friend is my world”

“Three H – hope, health and happiness – happiness is the only thing that doubles when you share it. ”

What a wonderful man!  Do listen if you can.

I’ve been ‘resting’ all day as I was allowed to have the steroid injection in my hip yesterday and was told to rest for 48 hours to get the best benefit. I have spent the whole glorious day embroidering the panels that I am making for two of our LiveWires for Christmas. I don’t understand why I can have multiple injections. in my hip and only three in my ankles but I am not going to question it! I can’t show you the panels yet so here is a lovely photo of one of our planters in the Spring to give us all hope for the next Spring to come.

 

 

 

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Poppies, Peace and A Postcard

These are the words of our Mayor, Deborah Reeve -“Probably one of the most surreal experiences of the last 3 years. On Redruth Station at 5.00am to lay a wreath on the Poppy Train during a pandemic.”     How lovely that GWR are collecting poppies from lots of stations in Cornwall  to take up to London for Armistice Day.

Here’s a Poppy from our garden and a white Poppy for Peace to mark the day.

A beautiful card arrived today from a very lovely and dear friend, expressing her concern about my ankles – a typically kind and lovely thing to do. Thank you, T.

Catching Crayfish by Carl Larsson

 

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Action Calendar, Pigeons and Cake

A November lockdown in the UK isn’t going to be easy for anyone and much harder for some. Action for Happiness have made their calendar for November to help give some focus and to help keep our spirits up. Feel free to share it far and wide. Here is the link for you to have a bigger version. I love their motto – Keep Calm, Stay Wise and Be Kind. Stay safe, dear Readers.

It’s very windy still and our resident pigeons have been trying to keep warm by fluffing up their feathers. We tried to get a photo of the pair but there was always one out of focus.

It was a baking afternoon, Pear and Chocolate Cake to eat warm with ice-cream – scrumptious, of course!

 

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Self-Care, Caterpillar and Another Gall

Very timely advice came in today from Action for Happiness:

We are completely redoing our walled border outside the kitchen and while clearing away the the thuggish Clematis, Bill Mackenzie, found this furry caterpillar scuttling around on stems near the ground. We think it may be a Buff Ermine but it’s not easy to identify.

A fellow blogger kindly helped to identify the rather attractive Artichoke Gall on our beautiful and nearby Oak Tree a few days ago. This one, somewhat uglier,  has been identified as a Knapper Gall by our Son-out-law who visited last Friday.

Here they are together.

 

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Bread, Gladiolus and a Bird Box

The family have been out and about in Falmouth today, shopping for new school shoes and visiting the Maritime Museum where they had great fun. Because they were coming for tea and we have to meet in the garden, I made finger food – hot dogs which are always a favourite. Homemade bread rolls are  always satisfying to make and they went down a treat, stuffed with locally made sausages and fried onions.

The pattern on the back of the Gladiolus is lovely.

This photo came my way a few weeks ago and I thought I would share it as it both pleased and amused me.

Post Bird Box

There’s a funny thing! The first time I read this, I read through the three errors and me, an ex-English teacher!

 

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Baking, Cream Tea and A Poem

The lovely new owners of our Greengrocer’s shop, Grow Box, were yesterday giving away some Cornish Cream if you bought some strawberries which I hadn’t realised until the cream was added to my bag.  That meant, of course, that I had to make some scones. I used the trimmings to make some Cheese scones of which I am even more fond, if I dare to admit that!

Cornish cream tea with Strawberry Freezer jam

This gentle poem came my way today and seems so very apt for these difficult days. Be kind to yourself as well as to others.

The Mountain by Laura Ding-Edwards

 

 

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