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Rose, Blue Jay and Poster

Another glorious blue sky against which this peachy rose just glows.

Beauty

The Blue Jay was busy in the park we walked to this morning.

Blue Jay

At Paddington Station, to catch the train home after The March for a People’s Vote, we noticed this positive poster.

Found on Paddington Station

 
 

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The People’s Vote March in London

What a day that was!  We were among 700,000 people of all ages and nationalities –  people who had come from all over our country, some setting off at 3.30am (from Cornwall and Lerwick) and some who had travelled from Europe to support our demand for a vote on the Brexit deal. Seven hundred thousand!  The streets were packed with people, the underground was full to bursting with people, banners and flags – all people wanting another say to save our country from the disaster that looms…….

It was so heartwarming and empowering to being amongst so many like-minded people. It was brilliant too, to be shouting for our friends who couldn’t be here but to know that we were representing at least eight of our friends and maybe everyone else there was too – so maybe  we were actually amongst 5,600,000 like-minded souls!

Enjoy the Gallery which will give you a flavour of the March and the intensity of feelings. I think most of the photos speak for themselves and don’t all need captions tonight.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Guest Blogger and Cake

Daughter No 1 is the one who 3d printed the vase. here she is going to explain the Epicyclic Gears shown below.

This epicyclic gear set (also known as planetary gears) is 3D printed in one operation as a complete moving part. The term planetary comes from the inner gears (the planets) orbiting the central sun gear. This type of gear set is often used in automatic vehicle transmissions as it can handle large amounts of torque in a very compact form. The gear teeth are V shaped meaning they lock in place along the axis of the gear, so this widget does not come apart, nor could it be assembled from its individual component parts. It can only be created using 3D printing.
It is printed using Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), as was the vase, and is made of Polylactic Acid plastic (PLA) – a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from natural resources such as corn starch or sugar cane. The lines visible on the surface of the widget are indicative of the path the print head took as it laid down a 0.4mm wide bead of molten plastic which fused together to form the completed widget. The component parts are printed with just enough clearance between themselves and their neighbouring part that the beads of plastic of each part do not fuse with those of the other parts, resulting in a working assembly of seven individual parts all printed together.

Printed epicyclic gear, a thing of beauty and great fun to play with!

I baked a cake today – Blackberry, Apple and Date Cake and it is scrumptious, especially with a dollop of Creme Fraiche.

Blackberry, Apple and Date Cake

 

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2018 in art, baking, Beauty, Photography, Uncategorized

 

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Day 20 – Our Last Day

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Sorting, packing, hugging, chatting  – a Praying Mantis on the handrail and a mural on the way to the airport. We’ll be home on Monday evening after the best of trips!

Praying Mantis

Smiley mural

 

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Daily Stuff, Clematis and Red Leaves

Storm Callum has been beating its way across Cornwall today and we have mostly stayed indoors doing the everyday stuff. This poem by Naomi Shibab Nye, Daily,  seems the right one for today though no washing was hung outside!

Daily - Naomi Shihab Nye
These shriveled seeds we plant,
corn kernel, dried bean,
poke into loosened soil,
cover over with measured fingertips
 
These T-shirts we fold into
perfect white squares
 
These tortillas we slice and fry to crisp strips
This rich egg scrambled in a gray clay bowl
 
This bed whose covers I straighten
smoothing edges till blue quilt fits brown blanket
and nothing hangs out
 
This envelope I address
so the name balances like a cloud
in the center of sky
 
This page I type and retype
This table I dust till the scarred wood shines
This bundle of clothes I wash and hang and wash again
like flags we share, a country so close
no one needs to name it
 
The days are nouns: touch them
The hands are churches that worship the world

 

The Clematis over the arch is hanging very low making it hard to get through – but I love how it looks this late into the season. Even after the storm, it is still looking good though blown about all day. We still have dangerous winds to come…….

Clematis taking over

Yesterday in Penryn, these richly coloured leaves caught my attention.

Red

 

 

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Day 19 – Farmers’ Market and Lantern Parade

Another gentle family day today starting with the colourful Farmers’ Market and ending with the delightful Lantern Parade.

 

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Road Trip Day 13 – The Durango to Silverton Railroad

 Sunday 16th September 2018

Great excitement today as we arrived at the station in Durango ready for a two and a half hour trip on the historic steam train through to Silverton and back again. Join us on this delightful trip, enjoy the steam engine and the spectacular leaf colours.

We had lunch in Silverton, took the train back to Durango where we had an excellent dinner at Ken and Sue’s and ended the evening with live music in the Diamond Belle Saloon.

 

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