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Contrast, Bee and An Anniversary

The contrast between the red holly berries and the white and green of the Periwinkle drew my eye on our walk today.

I was very surprised to see a bee on flowers as we came up the hill.

We moved into this house twelve years ago today so we are having a special meal and we have Daffodils on the table. It had taken us 40 years to finally get back home!
When we arrived twelve years ago and had a Chinese takeaway sitting on the dining room floor (the furniture was due to arrive the next morning) our lovely new neighbour popped in with a bunch of Cornish Daffodils in a jam jar and promptly joined us on the floor! That was the beginning of a very lovely friendship and we feel so very lucky to have moved in next door.

 

More Marmalade, Sally-boots and Precision

Another busy day of making! First, the rest of the Marmalade so now we have a year’s supply including ‘Breakfast-in-bed’ miniatures and several to give away.

I have finished a pair of Sally-boots for the latest addition to our extended family. They will be posted tomorrow.

Our stair carpet has been beautifully protected prior to painting.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2020 in knitting, Photography, Postaday2020

 

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A Birthday, Marmalade and Cookies

It seems appropriate that today, my Dear Dad’s birthday, I have spent much of the day making marmalade. Dad was the marmalade maker in our house and I used to help him when I was quite young. The smell of the oranges boiling is so evocative of lovely times.

I spent the rest of the day baking cookies for our decorators, ColourGirlz, who start tomorrow on the hall, stairs and landing. I have used an old family recipe but adapted it by adding cinnamon and dried cherries as a very dear friend does. She takes them on long car journeys and they are very much appreciated.

Cinnamon Oat Crunchies with Cherries

 
 

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Passion, Perfume and Puddle

Regular readers will know both that I love Gorse (Furze) flowers and the Cornish saying that Kissing is only out of fashion  “When the furze is out of bloom;” that is to say, never!

Turning one corner on our walk we smelled a delicious perfume, not the gorse which does smell of honey, but we think, the bank of pink flowers we passed. I don’t know what they are but hope Jude may be able to help.

The walk along the Flat Lode Trail was very muddy and the bigger puddles reflected the scudding clouds very clearly.

 

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Yesterday’s Wolf Moon, Oranges and Pak Choi

Photo and words by Kris Meadon, written yesterday, used here with permission.

“It’s 4.30pm as this evening’s full Wolf moon rises slowly through the mist and clouds behind the fairytale castle of St.Michael’s Mount. 🌝 January’s full moon was dubbed the Wolf Moon by early Native Americans due to villagers hearing packs of wolves howling in hunger around this time of the year!”
We couldn’t see the full moon at all last night as it was far too cloudy. I went out several times to find it……   I was delighted when Kris’ beautiful photo turned up and he said I could use it.

A friend alerted me to the fact that Seville Oranges (needed for making marmalade) are in the shops for their very short season so off we went this morning to our local greengrocer’s to pick up enough for 4 batches. These are enough for one batch. I shall freeze some to make later.

Seville Oranges

Tonight’s Turkey stir-fry featured Pak Choi from our vegetable patch at the back.

Pak Choi

 

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Two Walks on a Rare Sunny Day

The sky was so beautifully blue this morning

Porthowan was a treat – toddlers  playing in the puddles left behind by the retreating tide; people strolling and waves crashing – wonderfully uplifting.

Later we went to walk around Trelissick Gardens – saw Daffodils on the way and lots of signs of Spring in the garden.

 

Angel, Soup and A Camellia

Yesterday I received a message from Dear Friends, “Now the Xmas tree is gone, I have transferred our Angel to his/her permanent home. Amazingly, the way the light is catching the crystal head has given the figure hair and eyes!” I thought you might like to see the described effect.

Before I added the stock to the Spicy Parsnip Soup, the colours and shapes pleased me. The soup was tasty too!

On my drive to Penryn to sing this morning, I saw numerous Camellias in flower. Unable to stop to take a photo, here is one from last year, so lovely to see on these grey winter mornings.

 
 
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