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Grateful Bee, Huge Achievement and Happiness

1   The lovely Mr S found a very poorly bee in the garden this morning and brought it in for some TLC. I made a sugar solution and put that and a little caster sugar on a plate in the shade and we put the bee close to the sugar.  After some time I looked again and it seemed to be a little better. I went back again and was just in time to take the photo before it flew strongly away. Brilliant!

2   Today I have been up to our attic! That may sound like an every day sort of thing to do but the ladder, the climb and the flight of stairs just behind me have daunted me until now! We are thinking of doing some sort of conversion up there so I had to steel myself to do it. With sticky palms and a thumping heart I did it –  and I took photos. On a good day from the front, we can see the sea. From the back, we can see Wheal Uny. Now I’ve been up once, I can do it again!

Taken from the back attic window

Taken from the back attic window

3   A friend sent me this ABC of Happiness and I loved it so I’m sharing it with you now.

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I especially like H, K, L, S and W. I wonder which ones appeal most to you……..

 

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Bee Garden, Moon Garden and Galette Jalousie

1   It’s lovely to think of Spring on these grey days and to think of what to be planting this year. Here are some to plant for the bees. We have lots of them already and will make sure we have all the others somewhere too.

Plant these to save bees

Plant these to save bees

2   We are also planning on planting a moon garden, one that lights up in moonshine and where the scent of the flowers is particularly strong at night. We’ll plant it in the front garden so that visitors and passers by can also enjoy it.

Our reference book for our new garden

The reference book for our new garden

3   We are out tonight at a Music evening with a Bring and Share supper. I’ve just taken this Caramelised Onion Galette Jalousie out of the oven and it is cooling ready to transport later.

Galette Jalousie with Caramelised Onions

Galette Jalousie with Caramelised Onions

 
 

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Park and Float, Pendennis Castle and Buddleja

1   I love this sign for the Park and Float – park your car out of town and float in a boat  up the river to Falmouth.

Park and float

Park and float

2   It was the Grand Medieval Joust day at Pendennis Castle today and we had great fun, the children painting their own shields, watching the falconry demonstrations and getting thoroughly involved in the Knight fighting demonstrations!

In the mell

I can fight with my sword too!

I can fight with my sword too!

Knight and mace

Knight and mace

3   The Buddleja is in full bloom now and attracting lots of bees and butterflies.

Buddleja, bee and butterfly

Buddleja, bee and butterfly

Buddleja will grow anywhere!

Buddleja will grow anywhere!

 

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Hollyhock, Impressionist Flowers and Home Again

1   Taking J to Nursery this morning, we stopped for a while to watch this pollen-laden bee make his way to the Hollyhocks.

Coming in to land

Coming in to land

2   On Saltash Station, there is a small rowing boat planted up with flowers which is quite delightful but the trains we travel on hardly ever stop there. Here’s an impression of the flowers from the moving train.

Boat of flowers from moving train

Boat of flowers from moving train

3  Home again and the poppy has lost almost all its petals and there is now a richly textured seed head beginning to take shape.

Velvet seed head

Velvet seed head

We’ve been away for a few days. I will get to all your precious comments in the next day or two. Thank you all!

 

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Summer Sun, Summer Sounds and Summer Shadows

Summer has finally arrived in Cornwall and we have had a very lazy day enjoying the warmth and the summer sounds – the murmuration of bees, the scratching of magpies’ claws as they walk up the roof tiles next door and, this evening, the soughing of the waves on the shore.

Bee on a daisy with spider and web

Bee on a daisy with spider and web

Panting Magpie, finding it all too hot

Panting Magpie, finding it all too hot

Red-legged beetle on the cliffs at Godrevy

Red-legged beetle on a thistle on the cliffs at Godrevy

Dog on Godrevy Beach

Dog on Godrevy Beach

Delightful ice-cream bench

Long evening shadows on this delightful  bench in memory of the ice-cream man

 

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Treen, Cistus and Unknown Flower

1   I’m still putting things back into the nearly renovated dining room and ‘discovered’ our treen all over again. This little round box, about 4″ diameter and 2″ tall, is a lovely example.

Treen box

Treen box

 

The two sections can be unscrewed, and there are three pieces inside.

Opened up

Opened up

When assembled, these make two beautiful candlesticks, about 3 1/4″ tall,  and a snuffer. We’ve never used them and I don’t think my Mum and Dad did either but we’ve had them as long as I can remember.

Candlesticks and snuffer

Candlesticks and snuffer

2   The White Cistus is covered in flowers that look like poached eggs and the bees are loving them. The whole bush appears to be buzzing.

Bee on White Cistus

Bee on White Cistus

3   This delightful mauve flower has seeded itself in my herb garden and serendipitously, its flowers co-ordinate with the Thyme, the Sage and the Chive flowers. The flowers appear from a furry little bud which uncurls to form several flower stems with lots of little flowers on each. Can anyone tell me what it is, please?

Unidentified flower, self seeded

Unidentified flower, self seeded

P.S.    A neat little thing I noticed as I posted – this is my 651st post and today my 651st follower joined me in my quest for the beautiful things in our lives.

 

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