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Welly Dog, Sunflower and Dinner Out

Welly Dog looks happy in our meadow.

The Sunflower given to us by Daughter No 3 has its first bright and lovely flower.

Our day was busy and hard work so I booked dinner at our favourite place, The Royal Oak in Perranwell. They have an airy marquee as a dining room extension and that’s where we chose to be. I started the evening with a Cornish gin flavoured with blackberries. It was delicious! That was our first visit in eighteen months though we did collect many take-aways during lockdown. We are so glad they have survived though like many places in Cornwall they are short staffed and working really hard to keep customers happy.

 

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Nasturtiums, Borage and Daisy

Nasturtiums are poking through a neighbour’s hedge.

Winter flowering pansies, still flowering (!) are in my G&T along with some borage, very pretty, such beautiful shades of blue and purple.

The daisies look like poached eggs, this one with some wildlife.

 

Full Moon, Coffee Shop Cat and Crops

Tonight is the Buck Full Moon but as tonight is expected to be cloudy and last night was clear, I took the photo of the wonderfully big full moon.

We stopped at our favourite coffee shop, Home Ground, this afternoon and were joined by Charlie, the Coffee Shop Cat, a very self assured individual. He reminds me of Orlando the Marmalade Cat, a favourite storybook from my childhood.

After town, we dropped into the allotment to collect the veg for our vegetable curry this evening. But for the courgette , tonight’s blog is almost colour co-ordinated!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2021 in nature, Photography, Postaday2021

 

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Bouquet, A Shed and Cat’s Eyes

It was our last session for singing with The Suitcase Singers until September  and next week is our lovely choir leader’s half century birthday. To make it special each member of the choir was asked to bring a couple of blooms or greenery from their garden so that we could put together a more personal bunch than one from a shop. The resulting bouquet was absolutely amazing, full of colour and scent and most of all, full of our love for Claire

Thanks to Mandy Rolleston for this photo. There’s a new shed at the allotment and it is gorgeous!

Coming back up Church Lane after watering and harvesting this evening, we met a new cat. Just look at its eyes!

 

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Beach, Purple and Our Little Guest

We met friends for a very sociable and tasty breakfast this morning and afterwards had a very brief and very hot walk on the beach.

On the way back to the car park these beauties caught my eye.

Our beautiful little guest, Fern, has settled in already, is loving being stroked and has a mighty purr – just delightful. What lovely and unusual markings she has. .

 

Crocosmia, Purple and a Toy

One of the allotment plots near us is a wonderful riot of Crocosmia.

I’m growing a purple, white and green border for the bees at the allotment but the verbena has taken for ever to come up. Here it is with its first flower.

Tomorrow we have a little visitor arriving to stay with us for about 6 weeks. She is a beautiful little cat called Fern and today we bought some Feliwell, on the recommendation of our daughter, to help her settle in. We also bought her a little toy. We are both really excited to have a little cat in our household again.

 

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Simple Lunch, Jam and Day Lily

Such a hot day! We aren’t used to it. Simple turkey salad was an  easy to prepare and easy to eat lunch. The lettuce and borage flowers are from our edible garden in the trough.

It was not a sensible day to make jam but the crop (600 grammes) was harvested so needs must, despite the heat …… I haven’t made Blackcurrant jam before and it is delicious.

Our Day Lilies are gorgeous.

 

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Sunlight, Moth and Bird Feeder

The early morning sunlight shone through a Poppy petal in a vase on the window sill with the featheriness of Love-in-a-Mist being highlighted.

Yesterday on the cliifs, one our treats was seeing – and hearing – the Cinnabar Moth. You’ll have to look closely to see it right in the middle of the photograph.

We’ve had some lovely visitors at the bird feeder.

Our supper tonight was baked potatoes! They were delicious. 🙂

 

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Coastline, Lichen and A Gift

A quiet walk early this morning and beautiful views along the North coast. We spotted six different kinds of butterfly, a good record for Butterfly Watch Week.

There were various varieties of lichen on the rocks. I like the profile of this one against the blues of the sea.

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!)

 

Beetle, Book and Scent

Our eldest daughter brought my beautiful15 year old  Beetle home today. She has been caring for it over the lockdowns and now that I can go to choir again, has brought it home.

I have spent the day in the shade on this beautiful sunny day and have read a whole book, completely unable to put it down –  Helen Dunmore’s “Talking to the Dead.”   If you enjoy a taut, psychological story that keeps you guessing, this is for you. It left me stunned.

We walked down to the allotment to check on things this evening and were delighted by the perfume of the  Night Scented Stock, planted in abundance near the shed.

 

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