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Concert, Flushing and Last Night’s Full Moon

Fabulous concert and Cornish Cream Tea this afternoon with The Suitcase Singers, singing our hearts out and raising money for our two charities, ShelterBox and The Invictus Trust.

The view across to Flushing from that side of the river is so very lovely and there were swans on the water.

Last night’s full moon was gorgeous, seen through the trees and with an orange glow all around.

 

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Six on Saturday – Boody Garden and More

1.  I have planted up the Boody Garden trough this week. In the dialect of 19th century Northumberland, ‘boody’ referred to broken china. I discovered this at Tate Britain a few years ago when we went to the  exhibition of folk art. Now I have a name for my little garden where my favourite broken pottery is saved. There is a beautiful old serving plate, part of a coffee cup which was the last of a set given to my Mum on her retirement from teaching deaf children at Roskear School in Camborne, a piece of terracotta from a much loved and used bread crock, handles from a beautiful piece of Jane Hamlyn pottery and a fine china beaker that I sadly broke recently. Mum’s lovely owl tea-pot has found a home here too.  The two big pieces are a pot from Jane Hamlyn which I balance against the Cornish hedge as if the ferns are growing out of them. I just love it, my ‘boody’ garden!

2.  Lupin buds. We are delighted to have some buds this year as our Lupins have been badly slugged in previous years.These are looking promising.

3.  Crinodenron Hookerarium. This is getting rather leggy and, we think, should probably have a haircut when the flowers have gone. It is such a dramatic plant.

4.   Nelly Moser  is just coming into flower.

5.  Irises. These are so beautiful.

6. Working in the garden – not really garden related  but it is what we have been working on all day in the garden in the sunshine. Yesterday I bought a Victorian window with red and blue glass and we have been carefully cutting away the putty so that I can use the glass for my other passion, working with stained glass.

For other fascinating garden related posts from all over the world, pop over to The Propagator, the instigator of Six on Saturday.

 

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Bell Tower, Green Lane and Reclamation Buy

I love the bell tower on Tresillian Church.

St Michael Penkevil

We were on our way to the Eden reclamation Yard through some beautiful Cornish lanes.Just look what the lovely Mr S spotted in the yard while I was hunting elsewhere!

Victorian window

What glorious glass – blue, red and patterned,  for my projects! It’s much brighter than it looks here.  Now it won’t only be the up-cycled jewellery but the glass is being up-cycled too – so excited. I hope cutting it isn’t any harder than the usual cutting. Roll on Saturday to take the glass out of the frame…..  I can hardly wait!

 

Growth, Grass and Glass

This image came my way the other day and I love the way it describes a child’s growth and potential.

The other day visiting friends, I tried to capture the movement of the grass in the wind.

Grasses in the wind

This is my latest design, ready for foiling, incorporating some jewellery found at the car boot sale last Sunday. It might change before final soldering…..  Watch this space.

 

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Sky, St Michael’s Mount and A Wall Garden

The sky was lovely on our way to Marazion.

The Mount was beautiful as always despite the cold wind.

On the way home, this pretty little garden in a wall caught my eye.

 

Garden Bouquet, Bluebell and Kaja

I collected some prettiness from our garden to make a small bouquet to take to our Dear friend, Ti. In it there was a branch of Crinodendron Hookerarium, some Clematis Montana, two kinds of Pittosporum, some beautifully scented Choisya Ternata Apple Blossom and a few Spanish Bluebells.

In their developing woodland a few English Bluebells have arrived. What a joy!

Kaja loved walking there with us, almost disappearing in the long grass.

Kaja

As I am just finishing writing this evening, Radio 4 has just told me that it is International Dylan Thomas Day. I love the works of this amazing poet who died far too young. If you put his name into my search bar you will find many posts with his poems. His book, “Deaths and Entrances” was my first introduction to his poems, bought for me when I was about 11 years old.

‘A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London’  touched me then and still does.  It is not as harsh as it sounds. He seems to be asking why one death should be mourned more than another. We are all of equal value.

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking 
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child’s death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further 
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London’s daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.
 

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Glass Nuggets, Cistus and Another Clematis

The post brought me some new colours of glass nuggets – sea colours and red. I’m looking forward to getting back to my glass work after several days of sorting out Mum’s 500 thimbles and their individual catalogue cards. It has been lovely being immersed in family history as each card told of when and where the thimble was bought or who gave it as a gift as well as the material it was made of and sometimes the value. They are now boxed up and ready to go.

This beautiful Cistus is in a neighbour’s garden and is very dramatic.

Cistus purpureus

We have another Clematis in flower. I’ll check its name tomorrow.

 
 
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