A gift of four lovely looking baking potatoes was waiting for us when we went down to water my seeds at the allotment tonight. They will make splendid dinners. Thank you S&M. (I put M&S first but then, dear Reader, you might have thought that they came from the store!)
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Our Allotment community is really lovely to be a part of and their generosity remarkable. I went down to collect a few Mange Touts for dinner and was given some Strawberries and beautiful freshly podded peas. What a colourful collection.
Daughter No 1 is with us this weekend and we are celebrating her birthday which was in March! Confit duck with fresh allotment veg and Cornish potatoes from our local greengrocer and a Blueberry and Strawberry Pavlova. It’s 8 months since we were able to be together so this meal has been a celebration of that as well as her missing birthday.
Librarians are almost always lovely people! From the one in Truro when I was eleven years old and had read everything in the children’s section who then introduced me to The Scarlet Pimpernel and allowed me access to the ‘adult’ section ( of course, adult section meant something different when I was a child!) , to the one I worked with at Hayfield School when I was an English teacher, who was so enthusiastic and encouraged children to help and to read and the one who became a life-long friend. This cartoon touched me.
We’ve been on holiday! We have just had three nights away in a very lovely converted barn in the most beautiful of places only about six miles away. That’s where we saw the very special sheep, the Blue Texels and did the magical walk. It’s where some weeks ago, going to Ti’s 102nd birthday, we saw the sign warning of ducks crossing the road and yesterday we met them.
The place we stayed belongs to dear friends and is where we helped to plant 800 trees just over a year ago and where they have a wonderful pond that is teeming with wildlife. The Lily pads and the clouds reflection in the water were looking lovely and G discovered an empty dragonfly case that was truly beautiful.
Coming home, we were amazed by the amount of growth that had happened in just three days both in the garden – Lily of the Valley in full flower – and in the poly tunnel at the allotment where the leeks are suddenly several centimetres tall. I love the way they come up bent in half and then suddenly straighten up and double in size.
A friend who reads my blog had read of our disappointment at finding the car-boot sale closed last Sunday. We had been hoping to find tools for the allotment now that we had a shed to keep them in. H knew of a friend who had a shed full of tool that she needed to clear and so we were, very kindly offered them. Now we don’t need to take things down with us each time any more and we are very grateful to H for delivering them and to her friend. .
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.
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.
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!
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.