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Suffragette Garden, Bee and Cuddly Toys

1   There is lots of colour in our Suffragette garden with shades of purple, white and green.

2   Serendipitously, a bee appeared in my photo of the Verbena Bonariensis and the Japanese Anemones.

Bee in my Suffragette garden

Bee in flight in my Suffragette garden

3   The cousins found all the cuddly toys and put them on the stairs this morning and they have stayed there all day!

Cuddly toys up the stairs

Cuddly toys up the stairs

 
 

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Bugs, Bees and Raindrops

1   I found a fascinating bug on the beautifully scented Heliotrope today. He stayed for ages so I guess he liked the perfume too. I’m wondering if it is the same creature, the Green Shield bug, that is making holes in the Pansy flowers.

Pentatomidae ; Palomena prasina (Green shield bug).

Pentatomidae ; Palomena prasina (Green shield bug).

Who/what is eating the flowers?

Who/what is eating the flowers?

2   A bee that was collecting pollen this afternoon seemed to be quite drunk on what he was savouring as he turned upside-down to make sure he got every speck of yellow dust from the little blue flowers (whose name escapes me….)

Collecting nectar

Collecting nectar

3    The rain left a lovely pattern of miniature magnifying glasses on the strawberry leaves.

Strawberry leaf

Strawberry leaf

 

 

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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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