Category Archives: nature

Magpie, Rose and Chart

A young magpie rested on Fledgling’s upturned beak and I just managed to get a photo on a long zoom from the kitchen before it flew off.

This lovely rose is in our garden. I didn’t know what all the colours in Pride flags stood for so was pleased to come across this chart along with  lots of rainbow recipes, all to mark Pride Month..


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Roses, Red Car and An Exhibition

These roses in a neighbour’s garden smell as good as they look.

As we walked down into town, a bride and groom, just married, drove up in a beautiful, bright red car, all  beribboned and ballooned .

There was a delightful exhibition called Treasures of Redruth in the Market Hall today.

Here are some of the lovely treasures.


Bullfinches, Sweet Peas and Golden Glow

Just before I took this photo, there were six bullfinches including two females at the feeders. What lovely colours they are.

Our sweetpeas are fabulous and share their scent all over the house.

There is a beautiful golden glow over the back garden as I write this tonight.

You may remember, Dear Reader, that I wrote about Cornish Hurling at the end of last month. You can see the post by clicking here. My letter was published in The Guardian yesterday!

In The Guardian 23.6.2



Almanac, Biscuits and Planter

We have a delightful little book. Every month has information about the moon and the tides, bird of the month, what to plant and what to harvest , a recipe and a folk song for the month. It is really lovely. I looked ahead to July and found a recipe for Flower Biscuits..

So, I made some! They are  a bit shortbready and have the edible flowers pressed into the biscuit before baking and a lemony glaze when they come out of the oven.

I planted up a tub with purple, white and petunias this afternoon once it was cool enough to work outside.



Knitting, Crochet and Petunias

I heard today that our local hospital is again, after covid, collecting traffic light hats and bonding squares for new-borns so I delivered them to my knitting shop, the collection point.

I was in need of inspiration some weeks ago and read about  crocheting to help victims of domestic abuse. “Can you crochet in June for Refuge? Changing a life starts with one small step. Take up the challenge and raise vital life saving funds for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.” The challenge is to crochet every day in June, sell, raffle or otherwise donate to raise funds so every evening I have been making granny squares. Here are the first set, ready to be joined and have a border added to make a pram blanket. .

Yesterday we bought some petunias for a front door pot to complement our Suffragette garden but it has been much too hot to plant today.


Artichoke, Rose and Valerian

Lots of allotmenteers grow artichokes. This one looked especially good in the evening sunshine.

One of the gardens on our route to the allotment is full of lovely roses. This one smells divine as well as having beautifully curly petals.

Cornish hedgerows are full of Valerian at the moment.


Mist, Murdoch Day and Music

I woke very early this morning and could just make out the horse in the back field as it was standing in the mist.

It’s Murdoch Day in Redruth when the whole town turns out to celebrate William Murdoch, the talented mine engineer and inventor who lived in Redruth. His house was the first in the UK to be lit by gas lighting in 1792. He also built a steam-powered ‘car’ that he tested on the town roads.

And for your delectation……


Sea, Poppies and Seed Head

We went to Falmouth today  to meet friends for lunch today and afterwards walked back along Cliff Road in almost stifling heat of 30C. By the time we arrived back in Redruth it was 20.5C!

Falmouth Bay

Poppies by the roadside.

I didn’t know daisies had fluffy seedheads like this


Mouse, Ginger Lily and Foxglove

  This photo is from last year as this year the mouse has been too quick for me to catch on camera.


Reading and A Field

After a busy time in town, I spent the afternoon in the garden reading my new book, bought in our favourite coffee shop, Home Ground, this morning. The coffee shop is lined with books for customers to read while having their coffee and, if it catches your imagination, it can be bought for just £1! Unbeknownst to me, the lovely Mr S caught me deep in Robert Galbraith’s “Troubled Blood.”

While out this afternoon, he took a photo of one of our favourite fields, one we watch through the seasons.

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