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More October Colour

Firstly, I give you a couple of the fabulous batiks used to decorate the barn at the Eco Park which is where one of my choirs rehearses now.

And some more garden colour….

Pink Japanese Anemones

California Poppy

 

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Mid October Garden

Some flowers for you today……

Lady Betty Balfour Clematis

Fabulous multi-headed Sunflowers, baby plant given to us by Daughter No 3

Next door’s Nasturtiums come visiting which we love. Spot the lady Betty Balfour too.

 

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Autumn Colour, Pumpkins and Leaves

The trees in the car park are losing their leaves, those that are left are all shades of Autumn colour..

The greengrocers had various beautiful pumpkins and squash on sale.

The trees in town have lost their leaves, lying in little pops of colour on the grey stone.

 

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Singing, The River and Yachts

There are moments when we are singing in the Zed Shed in Penryn and looking out over the river, that life just feels so very good! I love  the mass of masts and all the wriggly reflections.

 

Cake, Chickens and Blue

I iced the cake this morning with tangerine icing and took it to our friends for a lovely catch up.

Tangerine Dream Cake

On my drive home I noticed two chickens on gateposts advertising that fresh eggs were for sale so I stopped to get photos.

Today we’ve planted the Hydrangea in the freshening-up border along the way from the Mountain Pine. Here’s a photo of what it should look like next summer.

Lacecap Hydrangea Bluebird

 

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Smile Cake and A Pine Tree

I made a new cake today, one of Jamie Oliver’s that he calls Tangerine Dream Cake. I’m calling it Smile cake as it cracked looking like a smile. It’ll get its tangerine icing tomorrow before we take it to meet with some special friends. .

We’ve been clearing part of the front garden that has become rather overgrown. We have bought a small, slow growing Dwarf Mountain Pine which we are assured will be happy in our garden despite us not being in the mountains. We have some other treasures to go in too, including lots of Tete a Tete narcissi bulbs..

 
 

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Street Art, Harvest and Another Spider

We often drive past the Old Post Office but rarely have the chance for a photograph. Today I managed through the windscreen.

I have harvested our Sweet Potatoes today! There aren’t many but they are a lovely colour.

The lovely Mr Smith left his beaker outside this afternoon and just popped out to get it. Not until he was in the kitchen did he realise he had brought in a spider who was busy munching on its supper. We think it’s a Cross Spider and guess it probably was having been brought into the warmth and then out again.

 

Apples, Dahlia and A Poem

Yesterday our lovely local greengrocer, The Grow Box, had Russets in stock. They are my very favourite apple so I treated myself to three.

A special dahlia that we bought earlier this year, White Star, has just started flowering and it is gorgeous, about 8″ across!

Serendipitously, one of my favourite poets, Kim Ridgeon,  included a dahlia in the poem he posted this morning. I had just been given permission to include it here when I realised that I could get the perfect photo to go with it though ours is the first of the plant not the last, I hope. I love the words, ‘delicate strength’ as they so well capture what the dahlia brings to the season along with a smile. .

For those of you who liked the beautiful seed packets yesterday, here are a few more.

 

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Chimney, Tree and Seed Packets

Driving from the re-cycling centre to the nursery to find a small evergreen tree for the front garden, we saw Killifreth Mine chimney in the distance. It is the only tall slender chimney of this shape in all the industrial leftovers of tin mining in Cornwall. It is truly beautiful.For more information look back at an earlier post https://mybeautfulthings.com/2020/06/15/todays-walk-to-killifreth/.

On our drive, we spotted a lone tree in a field.

We found the little tree we were looking for but I was more taken with some really lovely seed packets from Kew Gardens.

 

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Exhibitions at Truro Museum

We set off to see the Tony Foster exhibition at Truro Museum and came across two more wonderful rooms. What a day! Firstly we came across a beautiful Kurt Jackson painting.

In the next room we came upon a Welly Dog, aka a Tinners’  Hound, made by David Kemp. Regular readers will know that we have our very own Welly Dog and we love him very much, all the more so as he was a gift from the lovely Bill Mitchell.

Then,  a small room full of portraits where we came across a friend, an activist in the XR movement, a brave and beautiful person whom we admire so much. Antonia put me in touch with the photographer,  Gavan Goulder, who has very kindly and generously given me permission to share it here along with his words which introduce the exhibition and the words of Antonia herself. Here is the link to his website where the words can be read more clearly and many more rebels and their stories can be found. I am so in awe of the bravery of these people who are fighting for our planet and the futures of our children and grandchildren. We help in the ways we can but I am not brave enough to risk arrest despite my Great Granny being a Suffragette who was force fed in Holloway in her battle to gain the vote for us all. In fact, despite the beauty still to come, this exhibition was the highlight of my day. Thank you to Gavan Goulder and to Antonia.

At last, we came to Tony Foster’s work. We heard him talk many years ago, in the Truro Museum,  about his paintings done  in the Grand Canyon and the Himalayas and there were some of those paintings here today but the special works for me this morning were the little paintings done during lockdowns, all done in Cornwall on his daily and limited walks.  Here are his pieces from the second lockdown, each a painting done in the afternoon following his morning walk, whatever the weather based on the little sketches he made while out. Each sketch has a little commentary. Click on the photo and zoom in and you can, just, read the words. If you, dear Reader, are in Cornwall before Christmas, do go to the museum and revel in all the beauty to be found in there. The staff have done a wonderful job of curating all this loveliness.

 

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