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Posy, Tulip and Sea Trials

It’s four years since our lovely neighbour, Bill-next-door, died and I took a little remembrance bouquet round to Sue. We also had a lovely lunchtime picnic with mutual friends to remember this special man. You can read more about him here.

Rosemary, Foget-me-not and Blue Muscari in the colour Bill loved

I love dew drops on flowers.

I promised you more photos of the bathing hats on their swim trials.Thanks to Sue and Meier for the photos.

Horses’ Heads

 

 

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Malpas, Truro and A Question

What a treat to meet friends for breakfast again, lovely food and a long, long catch-up. Join us as we spot some charming sights as we stroll back to our car.

Going back into the bookshop was a special pleasure after such a long time. It wasn’t busy but the city of Truro was buzzing and very full of shoppers.

We now have a new supply of reading but one book that looked interesting, I left behind. Has anyone out there read it? Any comments?

I may have to go back for it…..

 

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Portreath, A Pool and A Little Treasure

We went to Portreath today to watch the sea trials of our neighbour’s amazing creations, the swimming hats that I showed you one of a few days ago.

Sadly, I slipped on the rocks as we set off and am properly bruised (and arnicaed) so my photo is taken on a long zoom and I couldn’t see them once they were in Lady Bassett’s pool. The next trial will be at a safer venue!

Lady Bassett’s pool at Portreath

As we left I spotted a tiny golden heart in the sand, a little token of love to make me feel better.

 

 

 

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Violets, Blue Sea and Yellow Gorse

Despite the bitter wind, we walked up round the back today along a section of the Great Flat Lode (which isn’t flat) and were delighted to see so many violets in the hedgerows and the Bluebell buds beginning to colour up.

Cornish violets for my cousin in Australia

The views of the sea from the top are especially good on cold clear days like today.

The Atlantic, the A30 and, in between, three chimneys from the tin mining era

The Gorse is gloriously yellow in the sunshine.

 

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Six on Saturday 10/4/2021

Spring has certainly sprung in our garden with the promise of more to come. We’ve had sunshine this week but still very cold winds and not really enough rain. (We don’t often say that in Cornwall.)
1.  The tulips in pots are magnificent.

2.  The Sweet Pea seedlings are coming along nicely. We have popped fleece around them when frosts were predicted. It’s almost time to tie them in.

3.  To accommodate the new Amanagowa Cherry tree, the lovely Mr S has re-designed the lawn and the curve is very pleasing.

4.  The buds on the tree are almost ready to burst.

5.  Baby plants arrived today from Sarah Raven, ordered with Christmas and birthday vouchers from family. I have potted up the Cosmos and the Osteospermum, some of which will be in the pollinator border at the allotment and some at home. The tulips above were also bought with birthday vouchers. It’s really lovely to have presents that keep on appearing. We’ll be able to eat some of them too as we also bought vegetable seeds and baby plants yet to arrive. .

6.  Because we now have the allotment, I am having one of the raised beds in the garden for cutting flowers. There is already a line of Sweet Peas by the trellis and today we have dug the last of our leeks to make space for my flower garden. So, not strictly garden, here is the Leek and Chicken Pie I made for supper tonight.

If you’d like a peek at other gardens, pop over to The Propagator who invites folk to join in Six on Saturday, and follow the links in the comments to see gardens all over the world.

 

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Onion Sets, Peggy Seeger and Friends

We spent the morning at the allotment planting many onion sets, red and white looking forward to a good harvest. You’ll have to look closely to see them!

The post today brought me my pre-ordered copy of Peggy Seeger’s new cd – First Farewell. I’ve been watching her online each Sunday tea-time and many weeks ago, in an online Songs of Protest with Greenham Common women, Peggy sang one of her new songs that really touched me, “How I Long For Peace.” Another gem on this wonderful album is, “Gotta Get Home By Midnight.” I love how she is laughing on the cover and that all the music is made with her sons and daughters in law. It’s truly beautiful in every way.

What a lovely afternoon we had with friends in the garden! We caught up on news and laughed and laughed –  a tonic for us all. The cakes went down well too – the Heligan Pineapple Cake and Sticky Ginger Cake, a new recipe from Cornish Kitchen.

Sticky Ginger Cake from Cornish Kitchen

 

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Swimming Hat, Rose and Cake

Our lovely neighbour is an artist as regular readers will know. She is in the middle of a project making very special swimming hats for local sea swimmers. She needed a model today to set the angle correctly so here is one of her designs. The others so far are a bunch of flowers, a  sailing boat and a pineapple.

There is just one rose left from my Mother’s Day bouquet, four weeks after delivery.

Last one standing

We have friends coming round tomorrow for a much longed-for catch-up in the garden so I have made cake. You can find the recipe for this delicious fruity cake by clicking on the red link.

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Allotment Flowers

I went to check on the allotment today and discovered that the Jackdaws had pulled out nearly half of our baby Broad Beans! I  planted some more beans and covered the bed, hopefully to foil the irritating Jackdaws!  I was cheered by the Tete a Tete in a corner of our plot, Tulips on a next door plot and a glorious golden Dandelion in the midst of a bed of Forget-me-nots.

 

Yellow, Door Knocker and A Poem

The Kalettes are flowering and make a pretty vase-full. They taste good too if caught before the flowers open so that they are like Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

I spotted this delightful door knocker in Penryn the other day after leaving the optician.

I love this poem. It sums up my blog for me – ordinary things being just perfect.

What happiness looks like by Marge Piercy

 

Some things are ordinary but perfect:
drinking coffee on summer mornings
with you as the cats laze about, fed,
on you or on me or curled together
in the bay window on a sunny pillow.
Outside the weeping beech stirs
in the wind, leaves hanging down
like just washed long tresses.
We talk softly of the pending day.
This is all I would need of heaven
that I don’t believe in, but this
I believe.
 

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Cornish Pasties, Butterfly and Tulip

It has been a beautiful day in so many ways. The sun shone and Daughter no 1 visited for the first time in a very long time. We cooked the frozen pasties that she had ordered some days ago and we ate them in the sun and Spring-filled garden. They were truly scrumptious.

Rowes pasties cooked at home

The warmth brought a butterfly to our garden.

Red Admiral butterfly

The Tulips are looking gorgeous.

 

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