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The Causeway, Active April and A Poem

I enjoyed this that turned up this morning:

“In readiness for the Easter holidays and an influx of visitors, St Michael’s Mount has implemented radical new social distancing measures.Creating a one way system for those visiting the attraction, the ‘Coming Back Causeway’ has been built to ease congestion, and opens to the public today, Thursday April 1st.
Speaking at the opening ceremony this morning, Marizion parish councillor Mike Mount praised Cormac, saying: “The Coming Back Causeway, which looks almost identical to the original causeway, has been built with such efficiency that hardly anyone saw it happening.”  Mr Mount added: “A one-way system on the original causeway was trialed last summer, but was later abandoned after it emerged that visitors could not return from the island.”

Photo by Photojournalist Greg Martin

I like to pass on the Action for Happiness calendar each month. You can find more details here.

A kind friend dropped in some poems for me this afternoon. Here is one of them, new to me but by one of my favourite poets, Billy Collins, an American poet we once saw live in South Yorkshire. It is just one sentence  and I love it. I hope you do too.  Thank you very much, M.

Today

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.
We threw open the windows this morning while having breakfast and listened to the bird song instead of the radio. Bliss.
 

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Lamb, Bouquet and Brownie

One of the lambs settled down by the random bunch of Narcissi that grow in the field.

Many of the flowers that arrived for Mother’s Day, three weeks ago, are still giving me great pleasure. I love the three glass bottles too.

After lots of work in the sunny and warm garden this afternoon, I made some Chocolate Brownies.

 
 

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Paper Bags, A Leaf and Muscari

We had a delivery today  – of frozen pasties! Daughter No 1 is visiting for lunch in the garden on Sunday and whenever she visits, Cornish pasties have to be  purchased. She’ll be here on Easter Sunday when the bakery will be shut so she pre-ordered them to be cooked later at home. I was delighted and amused  to see that they came with paper bags!

I’ve never seen a flower that has grown up quite like this.

I love the two tone Muscari flowers.

 

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A Walk in Sunshine

A lovely sunny, blue-skied day and we met good friends to walk around a local garden where the Rhododendrons are fabulous, the Magnolias magnificent and the enormous skeleton leaves from last year’s plants both delicate and truly lovely.   What a treat to spend real time with real people after all this long lockdown.

 

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Bullfinches, Pigeon and Bookshelf

All the birds seem very hungry – the feeders are constantly busy and today a pair of Bullfinches were there frequently. I took the photo through the window so that I wouldn’t frighten them off

I showed you the magnificent Kalettes yesterday and today the pigeons discovered them and were pinching bits. Again, this is a zoom photo from the kitchen window.

More bookish amusement came my way today.

 

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Six on Saturday 27/3/2021

There is so much  happening in the garden now as Spring really takes hold. There is plenty of work to do too, both in the garden and in the allotment.

1.  Today I have moved lots of Snowdrops ‘in the green’ to go around the newly planted Amanagowa Flowering Cherry.

2.  The tulips are beginning to give us colour, some very short as I commented earlier in the week and some the height I was expecting.

3.  It’s lovely to see shoots and buds, anticipating the loveliness to come. The Clematis Montana has lots of buds.

4.  The Lily of the Valley are sprouting well with tiny flower buds just beginning to show.

5.  We are still harvesting the Flower Sprouts / Kalettes and enjoying having fresh greens. We are astounded by how regal they look and how tall they are in their raised bed.

6.  Tonight I made two more Little Puddings as the ones I made the other night were so delicious with Blueberries. These I made with slender pale pink stalks of Rhubarb from the plant which we inherited on our allotment – our first produce from Plot 30.

If you’d like to look around some more gardens, pop over to The Propagator where he gives you Six on Saturday and there are lots of links in the comments.

 

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Granite, Border and Pudding

Here is the granite block in its new position. Now we have a new border to plan..

That’s another new border! Here’s part of the one the lovely Mr S dug for the Amanagowa cherry tree. That too needs some planning.

Supper was a small bowl of Dahl with spinach and it somehow didn’t feel like enough so I made some little blueberry puddings.

Little Blueberry Puddings served with Lemon Curd Sauce

 

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Granite Block, Hard Work and Chicken Stew

We found the granite block in our garden when we moved in some thirteen years ago, somehow moved it out of the border and left it at the side where for a couple of years it served as a seat for little LiveWires. Those two are now twelve and ten years old and far too big for the stone settee and we want to dig a new sunny border.

I advertised it, found it a new home and then we tried to move it! After some hours, we decided that the thing to do was put it back but vertically and keep it. We have spent many hours and various techniques borrowed from the Romans, levers, rollers and ingenuity, and it is now in place. However, it’s too dark to take a photo so I’ll show you tomorrow.

Supper was a delicious Chicken and Hatch Chile Stew.

 

Tulip, Tete a Tete and More Lambs

Some of our tulips are flowering already. They are gorgeous but have stems only 3-4″ high and they look very odd…….

The Tete a Tete in the front garden are flowering too.

More lambs for you. You may need to turn the sound down.

 

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Bird Box, A New Tree and White Daffodil

Reader, I bought it! The bird box that I coveted last week but left behind, was still there when we returned to buy a tree. It was the first thing into our trolley and now has a new home. We’ll have to wait and see if any birds choose to make it their home in due course.

 

In the garden of every house we have lived in from our very first one in 1971 (just for interest, a 1930s semi, bought for £3,750) we have planted an Amanagowa Cherry tree, poplar shaped and very lovely with its delicate pink blossoms in April and beautifully rich russet leaves in Autumn. .  We haven’t really had a place for one here but today, the lovely Mr S said  he would dig up some lawn to make space so it’ll be in the ground soon and in blossom, we hope, before too long.

The white Narcissi have opened and are very lovely.

 

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