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It feels today as if all the rain that hasn’t fallen in April has arrived overnight and all day. The shepherd arrived late this afternoon to feed the sheep who welcomed him with raucous baaing. I took the photo through an upstairs window. The lambs have certainly grown and have lost both their baby-ness and their springiness. .
Through the window I also took a photo of the tulips on the steps being battered by rain and wind. When I looked at the photo I realised that a couple had broken off so I brought them in and found several others that looked as if they need some tlc.
After an hour or so of having the orange ones indoors, I began to realise that they have a wonderful scent. I haven’t met scented tulips before. I shall certainly plant more of these next year after I have checked their name.
We had lots of blueberries so I looked for a recipe and found Blueberry and Macadamia nuts Flapjack. No macadamia nuts (I don’t like them) but lots of almonds so those are what I used. It is very tasty and softer than many flapjacks.
A huge and beautiful Cornish cauliflower was delivered by our brilliant local greengrocers so Caulifower Cheese with crispy bacon was our supper tonight with plenty left over to roast, make soup and turn into ‘rice.’
We were there to meet with friends for a celebration of our Dear Friend, Ti’s, 102nd birthday! Godolphin is where she generally celebrates her birthday. When she was 99 she walked to the top of the hill, her 100th was on the beach at Gylly Beach, the next year, after a broken hip, she went half way up Godolphin Hill and this year we picnicked in the lower field. Here is the cake and some of her cards.
We had nothing much more than carrots in the fridge so I looked up carrots on BBC Good Food and found Carrot Biryani so that’s what I made and it was truly delicious.
Until this year we haven’t really bothered with Tulips. I used to think they weren’t worth the space! This year has changed our minds as they have given us joy for over a month with their glorious colours.
Today, after many dry days, both wind and rain have come storming in and some of the tulips began to lose their petals. I cut all the white ones and the special frilly red one that turned up unexpectedly and brought them all indoors where they look wonderful.
P.S. I just read that today is National Cousins Day so here’s a big shout out to my cousins in Australia and in Manchester,UK.
I have a treat for you today, a video about the delightful Mud Maid in The Lost Gardens of Heligan that was sent to me by a friend. The artist in the video is our lovely neighbour.
The 1st of May in France is a holiday to celebrate labour day, and it also carries an even older tradition. If someone offers you a sprig of lily of the valley, accept graciously, it brings good luck. Our dear friend Kath, for whom this blog is written, always gave us Lily of the Valley on this day. I grow them to honour my lovely friend, lost too soon. Mine are not ready to pick yet but I give you all this photo to bring you good luck in the French tradition.
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