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Waves, A Parrot and Daisies

The winds are wild and Portreath is the place to see good waves and the surges of water in the harbour. We were rather late for high tide but it was lovely in the sunshine nonetheless. There were not many people  around and few of those not in jackets. It’s not really feeling like August.

Walking back to the car we spotted a parrot in a van and it soon became clear that he was having a conversation with the man beside him. I took the photo from a long way away!The wild winds have wreaked havoc with our garden. One set of beans is down, the Canna broke off at the base, there is general mayhem and the Marguerites have all been blown into the Crinodendron branches giving an effect that pleases me.

 

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Barometer, Glass and Raindrops

There are storms approaching! There have been weather warnings on the radio and our own personal weather warning has been alerting us by dripping up and out of the glass.

Sailors’ barometer and one of my glass pieces

I love raindrops!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2019 in nature, Photography, Postaday 2019

 

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Begonias, Moth and Lilies

Before today’s rain the Begonias in one of Mum’s chimneys were looking amazing. They over-wintered in the pot and now are doing their thing.

We discovered a moth in the shed but have yet to discover what it is.   I have looked on an id website but so many of them look like this!

The rain arrived in force this afternoon and I fear for the Lilies. I took this photo through a rain spattered window and we are just hoping they will withstand the storms we have been promised for the next few days.

 

Caterpillar, Toad and Bee

Our Nasturtiums in the edible trough are/were infested with caterpillars. I have taken up everything, the lettuces and the Violas were finished really though I have left the various Thymes, some Borage and the chives. I will re-plant tomorrow with Pak Choi for the winter.  Although  he  is  a  voracious  Cabbage  White  he is very beautiful!

There is a distinctly Autumny feeling to the days albeit we are still in August and I was clearing up leaves this afternoon when I saw them move of their own volition. On closer inspection, I found a tiny toad. He is hard to see in the photo but worth the find.

The bees are loving the Clematis Bill Mackenzie which we have growing up a trellis just outside the kitchen window.  It adds a very lovely  brightness  to  our  view.

 

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Cookie Cutters, Shoes and Clematis

There was a closing down sale in one of Truro’s kitchen shops today and I bought a couple of cookie cutters in the shape of owls, irresistible actually!

I wish I could wear high heels as these would be perfect for gigs with the Ingleheart Singers whose colours are black and red.

A new Clematis, Huldine, is flowering and it is very pretty with its delicate purple  lines  on  the  back  of  the petals.

 
 

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Dahlia, Bees and A Poem

The head fell off one of our Dahlias so we have it indoors in one of my Mum’s green glass pieces.

We did pretty well planting for bees this year, ten of these plus Aliums  and Crinodendron which  the bees  just  love.

Posted with the permission of Claire Jones www.TheGardenDiaries.blog.

I read the following poem this morning and it touched me. It was written by the Palestinian poet Fady Joudah after the signing of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

by Fady Joudah

 

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Marmalade, Lily and A New Outfit

We ran out of home-made Marmalade but had 700g of Sevilles frozen so we spent the morning making Marmalade, remembering my lovely Dad, as always, as he was the marmalade maker throughout my childhood and beyond.

One of the white Lilies opened this morning – very beautiful.

The stall nearest to me yesterday was Love Betty where Kate sells up-cycled clothes, new items made from old ones and I bought one.  

The top part is bluer than it looks here, the ‘white’ panels are pale green and the whole thing, made from five items, is very pretty.

 
 

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