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Moon, Onions and A Gathering

Last night’s Full Moon was beautiful, quite low in the sky and glowing. This month’s moon has various names, all to do with the harvesting that happens in August – Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon and Barley Moon.

Our friends with the newly planted woods also grow veg and on a visit there this afternoon, I couldn’t resist a photo of these amazing Red Onions.

A  lovely group of our singers met in the stone circle near the newly planted woods this afternoon. We couldn’t sing but it was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, people we have all been missing over the last 5 months. J often dog sits for Kaja and is much loved as can be seen here as J is stroking Kaja and the delightful little Graham, a visiting dog.

 

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Kite, Purple Flower and Arch

A local farmer uses a kite as a bird scarer. I caught it here, early morning not night,  against the trees.

There are lots of these purple flowers along our walk on the Great Flat Lode which look like spineless thistles but I haven’t been able to identify them  yet.

Storms over the winter took our arch down. The lovely Mr S has been building a new one and today added the top to the four posts and I am delighted to have the structure back in our garden. When it is finished with its trellis sides,  we can untie the Wisteria to go over the top, the Clematis to go through the trellis and the Peaceful Garden with the bench and sculpture will become a hidden spot again.

 

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New Books, A Poem and Poppies

Two books arrived from my poet friend, Kim Ridgeon, yesterday and there are so many I want to share with you. I’ll start with a very timely one called, “Poppy Meditation”

 

Inspired by this beautiful, delicate poem, I have taken a series of photos of our Poppies.

‘soft silk red’

‘fragile beneath summer storm’

‘green wombed others wait their turn’

‘scarlet glory’

 

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Six on Saturday – Colour and Produce

There is lots of colour in the garden and the veggies are coming along well. We eat the Purple Mange tout almost every evening and are delighted with this new venture. We’ll grow them again next year. The Sweetcorn is looking good and the Kalettes taking over their bed. We have a constant battle with caterpillars, tracking them each day and giving them to the birds. We were given the miniature red rose as a thank you present last summer and it seems to die over the winter so we are delighted with all the blooms it is giving us this year. The shady corner is quite well lit at this time of year and it is thriving as are the Lilies on the patio.

If you’d like a look at other gardens, pop over to The Propagator for other Six on Saturday posts.

 

Altruism in August and An Accident

I was going to post this tomorrow but have had a little accident today so am taking the easy route. While making more masks for the family, I stitched through the middle finger on my right hand. How? I just don’t know ! I am an experienced sewing machine user…..  The people at our local Minor Injuries Unit were brilliant, kind and efficient but now I can’t sew for a few days. I shall have to read all day!

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Church Lane, Shadows and Lobelia

Church Lane becomes quite dark when all the trees have a good growth of leaves. It makes for a very pleasing quiet start to our walk.

Oak tree down the lane

I love the shadows thrown by the field gate.

Shadow gate

In one of the little snickets in town, a short cut that we take, we spotted some lovely Lobelia growing at the base of a down pipe.

 

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Haircut, Surprise and Hydrangea

This was the view today when I had my hair cut in the garden.

Some time ago we planted some Rosa Rugosa on the other side of the wall, just inside the field and today we saw flowers! And the first blackberry!

Hydrangeas are in beautiful flower right now. We pass this one on on of our walks.

We are going to the cinema tonight – our first to a Drive-in!

 

Sweet Peas, Colour Contrast and A Birthday Video

Our Sweet Peas in one pot are glorious. The other pot is finished. 😦

Sweet Peas

Serendipity again as the bright orange Montbretia/ Crocosmia has popped up with the purple Tom Thumb Pittosporum hedge.

Montbretia against the dark Tom Thumb Pittosporum

A  couple of months ago , I was asked to take part in a Birthday video for an ex pupil of mine. The idea was to screw up some paper with a Happy Birthday message on it. Have it thrown to you from the left, unscrew it, show the message to the camera and throw it off to the right. It made for a very special and individual birthday present.
It occurred to me that it would be a lovely thing to do for our dear choir leader, Claire, with whom we have been unable to sing in person for 5 months because of the Covid situation. Fortunately we have in one of our choirs a brilliantly talented individual who agreed to put together the 60+ videos valiantly made by our community of choir members! Thanks so much, Kenn! What a success it has been! Here it is for your delectation. The setting is the Penryn River, our view from the rehearsal room and the music is sung by the choirs.

 

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Windblown, Nigella and Pork Pies

Such wind and rain over night and the garden has suffered. The Aliums have blown over across the Daisies and Cosmos creating a rather dramatic purple, white and green picture which I love.The golden roses below which looked fabulous yesterday have lost all their petals.

The self sown Love-in-a-Mist is flowering – such a pretty flower and a lovely delicate palette of colours from blue through to white with all shade of pinks and mauves between.

I spent a happy hour baking over Skype with LiveWire No 2 today, his choice of recipe, Mini Pork Pies, which have turned out really well. We had a couple for supper with veg and they tasted scrummy. I am going to freeze the others for picnics later in the summer when the London contingent of our family are coming to stay nearby so that we can see each other again, first time this year. It will have been over 8 months since we have seen each other in person……It’ll be fun to actually share the pies with J after having baked them with him this afternoon.

 
 

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A Border, A Bee and A Bird House

There is a delightful border full of colour just around the corner from us.

On our walk today, a new one, we passed a Butterfly Bush alive with bees and not a butterfly to be seen.

Along the walk, by the stream, we noticed a rather lovely bird box up in the tree.

It was a strange and oddly disconcerting walk that we won’t be doing again. The signs tell it all.

 
 
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