We were given some beetroot on Tuesday so I made Chocolate Beetroot Cake which is one of the lovely Mr S’s favourites. There wasn’t quite enough beetroot for the recipe so I made up the weight with raspberries and it is totally scrumptious! You’ll find the recipe by clicking on the red link.
Category Archives: birds
The lovely Mr S called me from my bed early this morning as, getting up to make tea, he had spotted a deer in the the mist of the back field.
I’ve made two more masks for the family in Spain today, one for our 3 year old Granddaughter and one for her big sister.
Mr S watched a baby Chaffinch at the feeders this afternoon. It was very unafraid and chirpy.
Look what turned up this morning as we were standing near a stream!
The roadside verges near Penzance were thick with Daffodils.
We managed to get to Truro in time to show our support for the hundreds of young people on strike from school to protest about climate change and the fact that not enough is being done to protect their futures. It was inspirational to see so many so committed to the cause.
This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch where people all over the country spend an hour watching the birds in their garden or in a nearby park over three days 26-28th January. We then count the maximum number of each species seen at any one time. It was extremely windy today and we didn’t see as many birds as usual so I will find some time tomorrow and send the better count in. We did see some Chaffinches sitting on the Kalette plants, one Robin ground feeding, and 11 Goldfinches all at once at the feeders!
On our first full day here we woke to Nyala prancing about outside our window, spent the morning being immersed in the Zulu culture with a fabulous guide who took us first to a Primary School (where the 41 children in one class sang and danced for us. We were asked if we would sing or dance for the children. I sang Skinny Marinka for them and got a round of applause. D danced and was similarly rewarded!). ) Thence we went to a village where we learned a great deal of fascinating information about the local way of life and their customs.
The afternoon was a long walk through the woods and alongside the water at False Bay, quite a challenge!12,500 steps on my counter, 24.000 on someone else’s!
After four freezing snow and wind-filled days, first there was rain to melt most of the snow and then glorious and truly warm sunshine so off we went for a walk along the coast at Godrevy. It was a gloriously peaceful walk given the past four rather fraught days.
We met a beautiful dog who was having a wonderful time dashing about but who stopped and posed for us when asked by his owner!
I learned a new word today – spathe. It is the papery covering on a Daffodil bud and I looked up the name as I had taken a photo of the raindrops caught under the spathe.
Our usual visitors have been at the feeders this morning. It is a great joy to watch them and I read the other day that doing so is good for one’s mental health. I can believe that.
We have had blue skies today!
Another joy today was a call with our family in Granollers and hearing our LiveWires having fun. LiveWire M, the older of the twin Grandbabies started walking yesterday and LiveWire S, the younger of the two, is full of baby chatter. Our oldest Grandchild, LiveWire NM is excelling at school, in English, it being her second language after Wolof.
The last Diary entry has been published. Click on the red link below. Tomorrow I will share my research , trying to find out the name of our Suffragette.
We are enjoying the birds at the feeders. They don’t seem to be put off by the constant mizzle and wind. I took this photo on a long zoom from inside the kitchen.
I lent some books to a singing friend the other days and had to remove some lovely dried leaves from one of the. I’m not sure where I collected them!
I have just finished reading ‘Truly, Madly,Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty and my goodness, it was a page turner. I was even glad of the rotten weather so that I could sit and turn pages! Another one for you, J, as soon as you want it.
The next part of Suffragette Diary has been posted.
Our walk was from Marazion towards Penzance today with the aim of being back by Marazion Marsh to witness the murmuration at dusk this evening. The clouds were beautiful, a rainbow appeared in part and disappeared almost as quickly and then the Starlings started arriving in small murmurations building to thousands upon thousands. It is hard to capture the magic, the thrill for you but here is a short video to give you a flavour.