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Free Day in Lisbon

We escaped the tour today to do our own thing –  visit The Gulbenkian Museum and Modern Art Gallery, have a picnic lunch, walk in the Eduardo VII Parque and finish with a jacuzzi!

Madame Claude Monet by Renoir

The Stocking by Mary Cassat, one of my favourite artists.

Beautifully worn Library steps

Delightfully naughty little Cherubs in the tapestry from Mantua dated 1540

Gorgeous grasses in the gardens, only 6″ high.

More to add after dinner! And here I am, back again!

Seed pods found in the Parque.

View from the fountain in the park right down to the sea.

Mother’s elegant toes followed by baby’s chubby toes.

A Fig tree growing inside an Olive tree.


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A Day in Guimaraes ……

…. A UNESCO World Heritage site. Porto’s train  station is glorious, covered in tiles which tell of the local history. A train ride took us to the pretty site of the castle and the palace, through narrow streets and up challenging hills. Join us on our walk.

This is my favourite of all the tiles.

We were on part of a Pilgrims’ Way.


Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Uncategorized


Lunch, Cake and Bulbs

On my own for lunch today I decided to have Eggs Florentine using spinach from Sue next-door’s allotment and a fresh egg laid by chickens belonging to friends and it was delicious! The lovely Mr S is not a fan of spinach.

Egg Florentine


Sue also gave us some courgettes so this afternoon I made Courgette and Lemon Drizzle Cake, a recipe I’ve been meaning to try for some time. It tastes delicious though the texture is a little odd –  best served as a dessert with some cream, I think.

Courgette Lemon Cake ready for the drizzle

In today’s beautiful sunshine, I planted up two containers with layers of bulbs for the Spring.

Bulbs for planting in tubs



Another Day Out with Dear Friends

This was our last day with our Dear Friends, P&J, and we packed it with fun! Join us again on our day out – a visit to the beautiful Quaker Meeting House at Come-To-Good, a woodland walk in Trelissick, a trip over King Harry Ferry to St Mawes for lunch at The Rising Sun,  a visit to the stream at Gwennap where the ashes of both my parents’ were scattered, a walk in Gwennap Churchyard to find the Martin Gravestone which was the inspiration for my Dad’s best known book, a walk around St Euny Churchyard to recount the stories of Until the Day Break, an historical walk around St Day with a good friend who was part of the research team for the St Euny project and finishing up at The Royal Oak in Perranwell for a splendid last meal together – quite a day! Here follows the gallery. Click on any photo for a larger view.


Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Uncategorized


A Bouquet, Some Gin and A Gig

This lovely bouquet of purple, white and green has opened beautifully since it was brought here for our party.

Thanks A&P xx

Another gift which we have yet to taste is this glorious bottle of Rhubarb Gin made by one of our lovely neighbours and friends. Thank you N.

Thanks Naomi

We are out with friends tonight to see a live-streamed concert by David Gilmour, Live at Pompeii. Looking forward to that!

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Posted by on September 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


Mining Memorial Sunday and A Cosy Afternoon

We didn’t do the Pilgrimage from Wheal Bassett Stamp House to Wheal Euny and down to the Church  but waited in the mizzle at St Euny Church for the singers and walkers. The rain was such that the rest of the event, some scheduled for outdoors, was all moved into the Church. Mining Memorial Sunday is to recognise the history and the importance of our town and surrounding areas in the mining of tin and copper and to give thanks. Perthi Kov, our small theatre company who put together ‘Until the Day Break’ (lots of information elsewhere in my blog) were asked if any of our characters would like to reprise their story telling to help bring the history alive. Three of those stories which involved miners taking their skills abroad were retold and were very well received:  Mary Angove Gill whose story I researched and wrote, J W Goldsworthy, whose story I researched and a colleague wrote and Catherine Tonkin Burrowes and one of our singers reprised the final song which the congregation joined in with. It was a very moving service followed by Cornish Pasties and a Cream Tea!

Jeannette, Mandy, Florence and Keith

We liked the final hymn which we hadn’t heard before, the last verse in Cornish being sung with particular gusto!

The final hymn

After getting thoroughly wet, though not as wet as the walkers, and then chilled in the Church, we have spent the afternoon cosied up in the sitting room, stuck into our books. I am re-reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – just as good this time around.


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Desserts, Flowers and Another Party

I promised you pictures of the desserts I made for our party yesterday – Chocolate Torte, Lime and Ginger Cheesecake, Blackberry and Peach Roulade and a Big Bowl of Berries in my Granny’s soup tureen. There weren’t any leftovers!

Peach and Blackberry Roulade

Gold Dusted Lime and Ginger Cheesecake

50 Golden Years Chocolate Torte

The house is full of Golden Flowers!

We have been to a party this evening in Carn Marth where the company was delightful, the fire raging and we saw a Buzzard as we were leaving.

Pete’s fire

Long zoom on a Buzzard


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