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Edibles, Colour and Scent

1   We have a new raised bed just outside the kitchen where I am growing edible flowers and small salad leaves. So far the Rocket and Pak Choi have sprouted, the Nasturtiums are doing well and the Violas are pretty – I did buy them as flowering plants..

The new raised bed for edibles

The new raised bed for edibles

2   The front garden is full of colour and is lovely as you approach the house……….

Colourful patch in the front garden

Colourful patch in the front garden

3  …………  and the best thing is that it all smells divine too. The Wallflowers are really strong, the Bluebells have a quite heady scent when all together and the Clematis Montana Elizabeth smells a bit vanillary. I wish you could share in the sensory delight!

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

 

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Sensing Spaces, Macarons and Poem on the Underground

1. The Sensing Spaces exhibition at The Royal Academy is fabulous! If you are in London, don’t miss it. Come on a brief tour with me.

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All the exhibits are interactive. The towers can be climbed up inside on spiral staircases and the golden angels can be seen in close up. The straw construction is being made by the visitors who are encouraged to add to the display. My offering was of plaited purple and green straws in a circle. The big wooden maze is entrancing and mind blowing as one encounters the mirrors and the noise of the pebbles underfoot. The smell of the wood reminds one of cut wood, a lovely smell.

2. Near the Royal Academy there is a beautiful shop that sells Les Macarons a la Ganache and I treated us all to a few for dessert tonight. Delicious!

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3 Travelling home on the underground we were treated to one of the series of Poems on the Underground. I just love this one which is new to me. I hope you like it too. To me, it conjures up supper in the warmth of a Greek Island…..

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Poems on the Underground is such a delightful idea. Well done to somebody!

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Day 13 – The McGranaghans, A Lobster Roll and Nantucket Sound

Having spent the last two weeks enjoying beautiful countryside all over New England, it was as we arrived at West Harwich, Cape Cod, that we both realised how much we were missing the sea. We walked to the beach from our delightful small hotel, The Platinum Pebble, and met a lovely family with whom we shared some good laughs as they redirected us to find our lunch.

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Another walk and we found the lobster shack, Arnie’s, and had a Lobster Roll with fries, sitting looking out over the Atlantic Ocean at Nantucket Sound, listening to the gentle soughing of the waves onto the sand, hearing the gulls, smelling the ozone and enjoying the Autumn sunshine.

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Gladioli, Beach Walk and An Engine House

1   Last night, the friends who came to dinner brought us some beautiful Gladioli in purple, white and green as they know what these colours mean to me. Thank you P&A!

Gladioli, in purple, white and green

Gladioli, in purple, white and green

2  It’s officially the first day of Autumn today and in temperatures of 22C, we walked from Porthtowan along the beach at low tide  to Chapelporth.   Surfers surfed, children played, dogs paddled, girls rode by on their horses and people, like us, walked the length of the beach in the Autumn sunshine. I love the sound of the waves breaking on the beach. It’s a sound I grew up with and  I relish every moment I can be by the sea and listen to the soughing of the waves onto the beach………

3    Seeing Towanroath Shaft Pumping Engine House at Wheal Coates from the beach shows just how much on the edge of the cliff the mine was. I posted two photos of the engine house from the top of the cliffs here if you missed them. One is mine of sunset at the engine house and the other, by Tim Martindale, is of the Milky Way behind the engine house and is just awesome!

Wheal Coates from the beach below

Wheal Coates from the beach below

We are getting very excited about our New England in the Fall holiday!

 

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Clover, Colour and Clouds

1   Walking through the park into town this morning, the honey scent of the clover was quite heady.

Clover in the park

Clover in the park

2   I am delighted with how my Three Wise Monkeys planter is filling with Summer colour.

Three wise monkeys planted up with fuchsias

Three wise monkeys planted up with fuchsias

3   It’s been so warm today we were able to have our evening meal outside and to appreciate the beautiful evening clouds together.

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Evening clouds

As I’m writing this I’m looking out of the window into the field at the back and there’s a young fox chasing magpies, rabbits and his own tail!

 

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Honeysuckle Scent, Fresh Eggs and Live Music

1    Walking in Truro today, I first was struck by the overwhelming and sweet smell of honeysuckle and then saw this cheeky squirrel feeding from food left out for him or for birds – I wasn’t sure.

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Honeysuckle

squirrel

Squirrel

2   This week’s free range eggs, bought yesterday from friends at choir, are very beautiful.

Varieties of eggs

Varieties of beautiful just-laid eggs

3   Tonight we have been to the Melting Pot to see a fabulous  group – Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra – lively and very skilled musicians from Newcastle.

Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra

Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra

 

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Toast Racks, Lavender and Foxgloves

1   I found a pretty little toast rack at the car-boot sale this morning to add to my small collection. The white one was my Granny’s, the blue one was made by one of my favourite potters, Jane Hamlyn, the small cream one with the flowers once belonged to my very good friend, Kath, who is the inspiration behind this blog and the new one is the one with the red line all around.

Toast racks

Toast racks

2   We called in at a garden centre on our way home and the scent of massed Lavender was just lovely. If only we could have so many plants in the garden!

Lavender

Lavender

3  There are several self-seeded foxgloves on our Cornish hedge at the back and they are magnificent, towering above everything else.

Foxgloves on the top of our wall

Foxgloves on the top of our wall

 

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