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Yellow, Orange and Red

Coming back from choir at the eco park today, there was an enormous bank of wild mustard. As well as being bright yellow in the sunshine, it had the loveliest sweet smell.

The glorious Californian poppies are back in the front garden, such a vivd orange colour as seen at the top of the photo. My camera didn’t react well to the colour in the sunshine.

Tonight there were four lovely red strawberries at the allotment.  We’ve had them with a little ice cream and a drizzle of balsamic glaze  – delicious!

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2023 in Uncategorized

 

Watering, Gardens and The Lane

We are walking down to the allotment every evening to water everything with watering cans as there is still a hosepipe ban in Cornwall. As we walk home, we pass some pretty gardens and a lane full of wild flowers. I’ve shown you the lovely roses, the Laburnum and the Echiums recently that we walk by. Today there are also glorious red Poppies and in the lane Foxgloves and Valerian.

 

Knitted Birds, Persistence and Cornish Mining

I was in Make A Mends in Redruth this morning when a maker came in with the wonderful knitted and embroidered birds that she makes.  She was kind enough to let me take a photo and gave me details of how to get hold of the pattern.

Just outside our favourite coffee shop there was another example of a plant rooting itself in the smallest of places, a crack in the concrete.

Some weeks ago we were rehearsing as usual in Penryn when we were interrupted by David Foster who had been on the quayside filming for Beyond Borders. Our voices had carried out to the quay and he  came up to tell us that he loved what we were practising and  asked if he could use our singing  in the film he was making. Here it is, a fascinating look into mining past and present in Cornwall, bookended  with the lovely sound of The Suitcase Singers.

 

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Joyful June, A Posy and A Poem

It’s June already!This was the purple, white and green posy we took for Ti today.

We read a new poem with Ti today, ‘Chocolate Cake’ by Michael Rosen – and we all loved it. Here’s a Youtube version of this delightful poem.

 

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Cornish Wall Flowers

Wild flowers find the tiniest of cracks to settle in.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2023 in Uncategorized

 

Carpet, Strawberry and A Poem

Underneath the Aquilegea in a neighbouring allotment plot is the loveliest carpet of purple petals.
We have our first strawberry.
I read a lovely poem yesterday that I wanted to share with you, dear readers. Angi Sullins, the poet has very kindly given me permission.  I love the last lines and would encourage you to “show up. sing. shine.”   The world has never needed us more to do all three.
the next time
you refuse to sing
because you’ll never
fill a stadium
or decline the joy of dance
for fear of looking
ridiculous
or you resist risking
the new adventure
because you’re
not entirely ready or
you dim your shine
because you’re not
completely healed and whole
the next time
you hold yourself suspect
because you’re not
entirely qualified
just remember
a bird doesn’t sing
because it’s talented
a bird sings because
it has a song
the moon doesn’t only shine
when it’s whole
it can show up with
a single sliver of itself
and still light an entire
night sky
show up. sing. shine.
the world needs you
as you are.
 
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Posted by on May 30, 2023 in Uncategorized

 

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A Rose, Laburnum and A Fascinating Fact

Other people’s gardens are full of colour too. There is a rose down the road that looks like a big scoop of raspberry ripple ice cream.

The Laburnum tree on the corner is gloriously yellow (but is poisonous 🙁

I learned a fascinating fact today about Forget-me-nots. Their tiny flowers are a lovely blue and their centres are yellow – but once pollinated and all the nectar has gone, the yellow fades to white and the bees know not to waste their energy on those but to choose the ones still with yellow centres.

I really hope that’s true. I have checked it and found it several times…….

 

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Wisteria, Tutu and A Rose

I am loving our Wisteria which I showed you a week ago.  The flowers are now so long and so gorgeous.

Our outdoor Christmas tree appears to be wearing a tutu as all its glorious new bright green growth appears all round.

A neighbour has some lovely roses, so scented their perfume can be caught as one walks by.

 

Garden Party Opening at The Ladder and A Gig

There was glorious sunshine for The  Ladder opening party in the garden we helped to create last Saturday. The old library is coming back to life and in the most imaginative and exciting way. Click on any photo for a larger view and the caption.

This evening we have been to listen to Angeline Morrison who was playing in the amphitheatre at the Eco park – a beautiful voice and person in a beautiful setting.

There were eight dogs in the audience!

 

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Potting and Reading

I spent the morning potting up the begonias we bought on Wednesday and the afternoon in the shade, reading. I bought  ‘Once Upon a Raven’s Nest’ by Catrina Davies after hearing the writer talk at the Redruth Book Feast a few weeks ago and today settled down to read it. I was advised by the bookseller from The Edge of the World Bookshop at the event, that when I started it,  I wouldn’t be able to stop and he was right. I agree totally with George Monbiot about this remarkable story.

H, if you didn’t buy it, you can borrow it as soon as Mr S has finished it. 🙂

 

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