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Cooking Up A Storm and a Moth

I’ve spent this very wet day cooking up a storm! I’ve made a vat of Chilli for the family gathering of thirteen whom we are feeding tomorrow, an enormous Summer pudding for the same and two Blackberry and Apple Crumbles with blackberries collected this afternoon by LiveWire No 4 and her Mum who were the first of the family to arrive.

Knowing about my beautiful  things, a lovely little moth was brought indoors for me today by LiveWire No 4 and here it is, a Brimstone Moth.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2019 in Food, nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Rose Hips, Cakes and Estha’s Story

The Rose hips were in someone’s garden in Truro or I might have picked them to make syrup.

Before the show, Estha’s Story,  at Heartlands this evening, there was singing and cake in the Diaspora garden. The cakes were magnificent! All made by Little Crumbs and decorated with edible flowers.

The show was amazing! Yskynna, the aerial dance company and the singers combined to tell the story of a Cornish Bal maiden and the audience loved it. Click on any photo in the gallery for a closer look.

 

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The Big Picture, Long-Tails and Sally-boots

In this week’s copy of The Big Issue there was an amazing photograph of two Praying mantises that had won the annual Glanzlichter photo contest.

Photographer Hasan Baglar

We had Long-tail Tits in the garden today – my favourite little birds.

A friend of ours recently had a baby boy so I have made him a pair of Sally-boots as I make for all new babies, as my welcome to the world.

 
 

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Waves, A Parrot and Daisies

The winds are wild and Portreath is the place to see good waves and the surges of water in the harbour. We were rather late for high tide but it was lovely in the sunshine nonetheless. There were not many people  around and few of those not in jackets. It’s not really feeling like August.

Walking back to the car we spotted a parrot in a van and it soon became clear that he was having a conversation with the man beside him. I took the photo from a long way away!The wild winds have wreaked havoc with our garden. One set of beans is down, the Canna broke off at the base, there is general mayhem and the Marguerites have all been blown into the Crinodendron branches giving an effect that pleases me.

 

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Barometer, Glass and Raindrops

There are storms approaching! There have been weather warnings on the radio and our own personal weather warning has been alerting us by dripping up and out of the glass.

Sailors’ barometer and one of my glass pieces

I love raindrops!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2019 in nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Begonias, Moth and Lilies

Before today’s rain the Begonias in one of Mum’s chimneys were looking amazing. They over-wintered in the pot and now are doing their thing.

We discovered a moth in the shed but have yet to discover what it is.   I have looked on an id website but so many of them look like this!

The rain arrived in force this afternoon and I fear for the Lilies. I took this photo through a rain spattered window and we are just hoping they will withstand the storms we have been promised for the next few days.

 

Caterpillar, Toad and Bee

Our Nasturtiums in the edible trough are/were infested with caterpillars. I have taken up everything, the lettuces and the Violas were finished really though I have left the various Thymes, some Borage and the chives. I will re-plant tomorrow with Pak Choi for the winter.  Although  he  is  a  voracious  Cabbage  White  he is very beautiful!

There is a distinctly Autumny feeling to the days albeit we are still in August and I was clearing up leaves this afternoon when I saw them move of their own volition. On closer inspection, I found a tiny toad. He is hard to see in the photo but worth the find.

The bees are loving the Clematis Bill Mackenzie which we have growing up a trellis just outside the kitchen window.  It adds a very lovely  brightness  to  our  view.

 

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