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Colour at the Front Door and A Sunset

I didn’t plant the iris – it just turned up. Serendipity.

Sunset two nights ago was glorious.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

World Bee Day

May 20th is  World Bee Day so I have compiled a gallery of photos of bees from our garden. On 17 November 2017, a resolution was adopted at the UN Economic and Financial Committee to declare World Bee Day.

We have a pollinators border at the allotment and combined with plants in the garden have many of these.

Posted with the permission of Claire Jones www.TheGardenDiaries.blog.

 

I just love Brian Bilston’s very clever poems.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Nelly Moser, Risotto and A Stranger

Our Nelly Moser is quite magnificent this year.

The lovely Mr S made us a very tasty Pepper and Pea Risotto with Crispy Chicken for tonight’s meal.

We have a stranger in the garden!  He reminds me of Darth Vader each time I catch a glimpse. It’s our  sculpture  covered up after sanding and prior to re-oiling to protect against the rain.

 

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No Mow May, Daisies, A Pony and Dylan Thomas

We are joining in the No Mow May campaign. As the campaign says, ” Reducing lawn mowing frequency brings benefits: More habitat and food for pollinators, reduced carbon emissions, water conservation, and a more drought-resistant lawn, to name a few!”

Part of our lawn, un-mown

There are many patches of daisies.

The pony in the field behind us is mowing as he goes.

It’s International Dylan Thomas Day.

Thank you to the person who presented Eli Jenkins’ poem as a poster.

 

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Bonnets, Singing and Bunting

I’m loving the Granny’s Bonnets that are springing up in every border. Here are two of them.

It is so good to be back singing with my choirs. Today with the Suitcase Singers, we sang a beautiful piece –  Wild Mountain Thyme – rewritten by Belfast man Frances McPeake in 1957. It is based upon an earlier Scottish folk song ‘The Braes of Balquhidder- written by Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) – and arranged by Claire Ingleheart, our leader.

There is bunting up in the garden next door! The following are Sue’s words as her brother returns from 18 months in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey.

“Pete’s home!!!❤️💗💕
His journey included voyaging on the Sir David Attenborough from Rothera to the Falklands (via Cornish Island and an icy dip), flight from Port Stanley to Brize Norton, being picked up by his sweetheart Philly and ferried back to Cornwall via Mama and Papa Byrde in Dorset. Preparations here included picking a kilo of asparagus and the wrangling of much bunting”
Welcome home, Pete.
 

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Raindrops, Narcissi and Chives

The Iris buds collect raindrops so that they look like ears of corn.

The last Narcissi to appear in our garden are the lovely Pheasant’s Eye.

Lots of  allotments are in full flowering mode. I love this little patch. .

 

Eggs, Post Box Topper and A Wish

Yesterday, friends at choir said they had eggs if we would like them. Fresh eggs? Of course! I had no idea they were so beautiful until I opened the box to put them on the egg rack. The paler ones are the loveliest pale blue that isn’t showing too well..

Regular readers will know how I love the knitted post box toppers that turn up on Facebook from time to time. This time, one turned up on our road! It has been made by Jessica and is an absolute delight – Cup Cake Tea.

For Star Wars fans, “May the 4th be with you.”

 

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Eid and Two Novels

Happy Eid to all our family and friends and to everyone celebrating Eid today.

A dear friend lent me a novel by Mary Lawson, The Other Side of the Bridge and I loved it so much I looked for her first, Crow Lake, also set in the wilds of Ontario, and am now halfway through that one. I love the stories of family life, its tensions and its joys  and the descriptions of the world they live it. Her writing is utterly compelling. If you haven’t read any of hers yet, do.I think you might enjoy them too.

 

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Spring Border

It’s very quiet at our house – everyone has now left and we are resting!  This is part of our front garden Spring border.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Easter Egg Hunts

Fabulous day today first hunting Dragon Eggs in Enys Gardens and later  little chocolate eggs in the garden of the airbnb.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2022 in Uncategorized

 
 
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