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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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Postcards in Isolation

Our lovely neighbour is an artist and has been part of the Postcards in Isolation project, explained below.  She has been drawing ‘”Little Lockdown Pleasures,” the things that have given her pleasure while in lockdown. Because we live next door to each other we have been able to ‘meet’ over the wall throughout and this has been special for us both, staving off the worst of the feeling of isolation. Here is the postcard that she made of one of her pleasures.

Postcards in Isolation  was started by WildWorks, recognising that lots of people are not connected digitally. If you were shielding and not able to see your family and friends, then receiving a little personal artwork might prove cheering. It works by people nominating friends or family members to receive an art postcard. WildWorks artists then make the cards and hand write a message. Each card is unique. They  are also making cards for St Petroc’s, a local charity for the homeless, and Age Concern. Here are three more of Sue’s postcards which have gone out to cheer people up.  What a delightful and spirit-lifting idea.

The cards are free, but as this is not a funded project they ask that people make a donation if they feel able to. https://wildworks.biz/projects/postcards-in-isolation/

I’ve been embroidering all day, having the most lovely, peaceful and productive time.

 

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A Gift, Foxgloves and First Sweet Peas

My lovely neighbour, Sue, reported the following shocking and ultimately heart-warming incident earlier:
“Arriving at Godrevy today I witnessed a shocking scene – two red setters were ‘playing’ with a young badger, tossing it between them like orcas with a seal pup. The owners were standing 20 feet away shouting the dogs’ names uselessly but not physically intervening. I ran across the grass towards the animals and found myself joined by a small boy, maybe six years old. He said ‘I know about badgers’. The dogs finally returned to their owners, the boy and I examined the cub. It was confused, wobbly and traumatised. The boy suggested we find its sett. We scouted the edges of the field, without success. By the time we returned the little badger had successfully hidden or maybe gone to ground. The boy and I went our separate ways.
About half an hour later he found me on the beach and held out this small stone to me. ‘I’d like you to have this, to thank you for helping with the badger,’ he said…         Photo from Sue.

We set off on our walk this morning hoping to miss the rain. The lowering clouds over Carn Brea seemed to enhance the depth of colour of the Foxgloves and the cloud burst caught us well before we arrived home, rather bedraggled!

I braved the rain again later to cut our first Sweet Peas. Their scent is wonderful. I wish I could send it along with this post.

 

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L R Knost, Sewing and Gifts

A friend shared these words today and they strike me as very pertinent. They are the words of award-winning author, feminist, and social justice activist, L.R. Knost who is the founder and director of the children’s rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting.

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

Be that light.

I have been sewing hard for a week, making two little fabric books for a friend’s one year old son. We’ll deliver them to their doorstep tomorrow.

A dear friend called by today with some shopping and we sat in the garden for an hour or so, catching up and being together (in a socially distanced way!) Lovely J brought with her some scones she had made this morning with a pot of Cornish Clotted Cream and a beautiful posy of Suffragette colours. What a gem, what a very thoughtful and much needed gesture of solidarity and friendship.

 

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Thrush, Flowers and Care

A Thrush serenaded us early this morning.

A lovely neighbour has taken some parcels to the post office for me today – the masks for the Barcelona bunch and the old wings from my Fairies that need repairing. I have sent them to the artist, Samantha Bryan who made them and who has advised me on their removal. I have also sent her the feathers that I was given and she is going to make them into wings. Such excitement that my fairies are going to be able to fly again! I picked a bunch of flowers from the garden to say thank you to N.

Our decorators are brilliant, such careful preparation of the walls and windows and they care about our garden. Here they have thoughtfully covered the edible garden so that the painty bits coming off the walls don’t mess up our food.

 

A Visit, Eggs and Feathers

One of our very dear friends came by today now that we are allowed to meet outside. We spent a very happy couple of hours in the garden. N brought with her some wonderful gifts and a pile of beautiful story books for us to borrow to read over Skype to our three year old LiveWire twins in Barcelona.

There were freshly laid eggs, two of which which we will have for breakfast and freshly dug new potatoes which we have enjoyed this evening.

N also brought me some delicate feathers for a very special purpose. I have a wonderful collection of Samantha Bryan’s fairies (Did you know all fairies have to learn to fly?) and a couple of them have disintegrating wings! They were made of skeleton leaves which are not as long lasting as feathers which many of my fairies have. We are going to try to replace the leaves with feathers – after getting advice from the maker herself.

That was a very precious few hours as we haven’t seen each other for almost three months and at the beginning of that time, N suffered with C19 and we were so very worried. It was just wonderful to see her properly again not just on a screen even if we couldn’t hug.

 

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Another Lane, Bluebells and Yeast Buns

We often walk along Church lane and love the big Oak Tree at the start of the lane.

Further along, just before we turn up to The Great Flat Lode, we noticed the blue in the fields below Carn Brea and realised that the farmer has mown very carefully around an enormous patch of  Bluebells.

A lovely friend from choir does some top-up shopping for us and today turned up with our shopping and some delicious yeast buns that she had made this morning. We exchanged that for some Blueberry Streusel Cake that I had baked knowing that J would be here in the afternoon.

 

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Fledgling, Flour and Flowers

A pigeon regularly sits on our sculpture, Fledgling, as a staging post for the feeders.

The doorbell rang this morning, a most unusual occurrence at the moment. There on the doorstep was a bag of strong flour and further down the drive at a socially distancing appropriate place was our good friend J from choir, shopping for various people, who thought of us and my lack of strong flour! What a treasure she is! Bread making is back on the agenda as I also sourced some fresh yeast today!

It is the third anniversary of the death of our dear friend and neighbour, Bill. We remember him with a garden posy of Rosemary, Forget-me-nots and Primroses, one here in our house and one for Sue-next-door, with much love.

 

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