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Remembering Bill Mitchell 1951 – 2017

Our Dear friend and neighbour Bill Mitchell died on this day last year and we have been remembering him today in various special ways. Firstly, here is my Welly Dog, left to me by Bill, seen here with Tulips.

Welly Dog with Tulips

Bill was an artist as well as a theatre director and painted a particular area in West Penwith most weeks. Each of his friends was invited after his death to choose a painting which was a very lovely thing. Today, many of his friends came down to Botallack where the paintings were made and we walked all around in Bill’s footsteps, following his paintings through the landscape, all the while sharing memories of this lovely man.

Click on any photo for a bigger version and the caption. To read more about our lovely friend and neighbour, click here to read my post dedicated to him last year.https://mybeautfulthings.com/2017/05/03/bill-mitchell-our-friend-next-door-2121951-1442017/

 

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Yellow, A Surprise and A Bee

Cornwall is very beautifully yellow at this time of year – Primroses in the hedgerows, Daffodils along the verges, Forsythia in gardens, Dandelions, Celandines and Gorse just everywhere, down every lane we travel along.

We bought the magazine Cornwall Today yesterday because there is a feature on Port Isaac where family will be staying this summer. Imagine my delight to find a short article about me and my Suffragette Great Granny! I had completely forgotten the phone call some months ago!

Article in Cornwall Today, April

Bees have arrived in our garden. They love the Rosemary flowers.

A bee on the Rosemary

 

 

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Seagull, Artist and High Heel Shoes

Walking along to choir this morning, I saw the most delightful Seagull painted on a little blue car. At the back there were two more!

Painted car

On the drive into Penryn, I had noticed that the Winter mural outside one of my favourite shops, Just Delights, was being changed and leaving later after choir, I saw that the artist, Elizabeth Perry, was working on it still. I stopped and asked permission for these photos. I will show you the finished mural next Thursday. You can see the Winter one here. 

Artist, Elizabeth Perry, at work

Detail

I love pretty shoes! I cannot wear high heels but that doesn’t stop me coveting them! If you are a regular reader you will have seen some beauties before. Here is another example of shoe heaven, a gorgeous confection of a shoe.

Coveted shoes

 

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Cherry Blossom, Exeter and Trompe L’Oeil

We’ve had a day out shopping in Exeter! Enjoy the gallery.

 

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White Primrose, Narcissi and John Keats

We have some lovely white Primroses in the front garden. They have arrived all of their own accord.

White Primroses with the more common pale yellow ones for contrast.

In all our garden work, a Narcissus became broken so I brought it in where we can appreciate its beauty close up.

Anyone know the name of this beauty?

John Keats dated his poem, Endymion,  April10th 1818,  200 years ago today. Here is a short extract which sums up my blog’s purpose.

 

From Endymion, Book 1

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: 
Its lovliness increases; it will never 
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep 
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep 
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. 
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing 
A flowery band to bind us to the earth, 
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth 
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, 
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkn’d ways 
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all, 
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall 
From our dark spirits.

John Keats

 

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Misty, Moisty Morning, Dewdrops and Flowers

The day started with mists stretching right to the horizon so that the fields behind were almost totally shrouded, only one of three just visible.

Across the garden to the fields beyond

The Tulip flowers were bejewelled with tiny diamond dewdrops.

Tulip and dew

And so were the Muscari………

Muscari and dewdrops

The rest of the day was as glorious as yesterday and we worked again, planting and weeding and had our first lunch this year outside in the sunshine.

 

 

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Spring Day, Flowers and SallyBoots

It has been a glorious Spring day – blue skies, sunshine and warmth!  Let’s hope it lasts. We have worked in the garden all day and it is looking better!

Look how warm it has been today!

Spring garden

Can anyone identify this for me, please? They are about 30cms tall.

I knitted some booties for a young friend’s first baby and today I received this photo of her very beautiful daughter wearing the SallyBoots.

Beautiful baby wearing SallyBoots

 

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