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Blossom, Primroses and Endangered Tree

1   The blossom on a local Cherry tree is just gorgeous in the sunlight.

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2    Primroses on a Cornish hedge were lit by the sunshine too.

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3    While we were away, our neighbours had one of a pair of beautiful trees taken down. This one is so far safe but I have the saddest feeling that it too will soon go so am saving it here for posterity. The next photo was taken when both trees were there.So much birdlife loves this tree and so do we.

P.S. I have posted the recipe for Chocolate Beetroot Cake today. It is one of the best cakes I have ever made, moist and chocolatey and very moreish!

 

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Coots, Shop and My January Tree

1   Driving home from a lovely lunch with friends today I came past Swanpool where I saw no swans but a few coots. I loved the effect of the movement of the coots on the reflection of the reeds.

 

2   I went shopping in Falmouth in the afternoon and found a shop new to me. The shop’s punning name amused me. For those of my readers outside Cornwall and the UK, the beautiful Chough is a symbol of Cornwall and is on the coat-of-arms. The pun happens as the word ‘chuffed’ means pleased – so one would be delighted/chuffed  to find this shop full of Cornish treasures.

Chuffed to find Choughed

Chuffed to find Choughed

3    I pass this tree every Thursday as I go to sing and I love its shape. Last year, I decided to photograph it each month from the same spot but didn’t! This year I am determined to achieve my aim. Here is My January Tree in a puddle of water from the massive amounts of rain we have had in the last month.

January tree

January tree

Stay safe, all of you, be you in freezing temperatures too dangerous to go out in or in the storms lashing the UK.

 

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Mandela Memorial, Lunch and Tree Planting

1   We listened to the Memorial for Nelson Mandela this morning. What a man – and how loved and respected he was. I loved Obama’s speech and the quoting at the end of the last two lines from Mandela’s favourite poem. I put it all here as it is so appropriate.

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Beautiful.

2   I made a bowlful of Broad Bean Hummus (garden ones, frozen) to take for a shared lunch today. My Oat and Linseed Flowerpot loaf worked out well too.
3   Our shared lunch with our good friends, N&G, was a precursor helping them plant the last few trees of their small woodland. I just love the whole idea of this – to have the forethought to plant for generations to come. There are Sessile oaks, Silver birch, Rosa Rugosa, Ash, Sweet Chestnut, Gean Cherry, White, Goat and Scarlet Willows, Italian Alder, Elder and Hazel – all planted for particular purposes – for the birds, for insect life, for food, for shelter and for love.   It’s going to be a magical place with a stone circle in the middle and the hands and laughter of many friends in the planting. What a joy to be part of this project.  Thank you to you both.
Our first tree planted

Our first tree planted

Kaia helping with the digging

Kaia helping with the digging

Part of the very young woodland

Part of the very young woodland

 

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New England Fall – Weekly photo Challenge – Hues of You

I love the warm colours of Autumn.

Click on any photo to find where we were in New England.

For others in this Photo Challenge check here

 

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Book Swap Box, Old Oak Tree and Travelling Dog

1   This is the second time I have discovered an old Telephone box used for a book swap, this one in the village of Feock, the first place we lived when my family first moved to Cornwall when I was six years old. What a brilliant thing to do to save the box from demolition and I love the child’s chair in this one. To see the other one, click here.

Book swap box

Book swap box

2  We always enjoy the walk around Trelissick and I’ve always loved this old tree.

Old oak tree

Old oak tree

Old oak tree from another angle, the Carrick Roads in the distance

Old oak tree from another angle, the Carrick Roads in the distance

3   We followed this lovely dog and its car home and at the traffic light stop, he seemed to notice us. He had been loving the wind in his fur. If you look carefully, you should be able to see the sea on the horizon, on the North coast of Cornwall.

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Dog

 

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Spring Greens, Robin and Mylor Harbour

1   The lanes around Cornwall are just bursting with that very special bright green of new leaves. Every corner  turned brings new delights.

Lane through Kennal Vale

Lane through Kennal Vale

2   I always take a walk around Mylor graveyard while the lovely Mr S strolls around the boatyard. The Robin was keeping a close eye on me.

Robin on a gravestone

Robin on a gravestone

3    It has been a very grey, cold and windy afternoon but the wind meant that the rigging on the yachts was singing that special song that reminds one of being by the sea.  The Myosotis blue was glowing despite the lack of sunshine.

The singing rigging

The singing rigging

Forget-me-nots by the water

Forget-me-nots by the water

 

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Hummingbird Legend, Apple Blossom and Home Again

1 ‘Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and savour each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of every day. The humming bird’s natural grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation. ” These words are on a card on my daughter’s fridge and they appealed to me and my own philosophy. They came to her on a Congratulations on Your New Baby card by Papyrus.

2. The apple blossom has come out in the few days I’ve been here.

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3. I have had the loveliest days with L and her beautiful baby, enjoying the company of them both but now I am home and it is always lovely to come home. The blossom is out on the Malus and the horses are back in the back field which is quite delightful. Look carefully to see them at the far end of the photo.

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Reflection, A Black Labrador and Woodland Swing

1. We spent all afternoon in the West Family Woods delighting in the bird song, the flowers, the variety of trees and being with the family. The stream that runs through the woods is very beautiful and home to many tadpoles. (See my Weekly photo challenge)

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2 The family have five lovely Black Labradors. The photo is of Willow, the oldest of the five, sister of one and mother of another. Having been bitten twice by strange dogs as a child, I’m somewhat wary of being around dogs but these are all beautiful and beautifully trained.

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3. There’s a swing seat in the woods. I could have sat and rocked for hours taking in all the sounds, smells and tranquility of the woods.

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Grand-Baby, Chicken Pie and Woodland Walk

1   Our beautiful Grand -Baby B is safely home after 13 days and we visited today. What a joy! The tiniest cardigan that I made will fit for just another couple of weeks!

Baby B fast asleep

Baby B fast asleep

Joining in the singing of Skinnymarinka!

Joining in the singing of Skinnymarinka!

2   We took lunch with us – a beautiful Chicken Pie which went down very well.

Chicken Pie

Chicken Pie

3   After lunch, we all had a walk in the lovely woodland that surrounds their home finding wild flowers, beautiful trees in bud and even a Red Deer in the distance. The others saw two Roe Deer but I only heard them crashing through the undergrowth.

Bank of Primroses and Violets

Bank of Primroses and Violets

Moss covered trees

Moss covered trees

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Buds

Buds

Look carefully - there's a Red Deer

Look carefully – there’s a Red Deer

 

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Copper Beech, Tree Peony and Porthleven

1    The buds on next door’s Copper Beech are almost ready to burst.

Copper Beech buds ready to burst

Copper Beech buds ready to burst

2   This Tree Peony that we found in a nursery in The Lizard has flowers of about 6″ across- quite remarkable and very beautiful.

Tree Peony

Tree Peony

3   Porthleven was a windy spot this afternoon but the sea in the harbour was such a beautiful colour.  It was less windy by the beach but it was still deserted.

Turquoise water in Porthleven Harbour

Turquoise water in Porthleven Harbour

The beach at Porthleven

The beach at Porthleven

 

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