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Bullfinch, Blossom and Seamus Heaney

While I was out this morning, the lovely Mr S caught a photo of Bullfinches at our feeders. He refilled the feeders just after taking the photo. It is emptied in a day!

Coming back from Chacewater, we spotted a beautiful tree full of blossom. I took the photo from the moving car.

Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939. What a lovely piece of writing, dedicated to Marie Heaney and called Sunlight. It conjures up a beautiful domestic scene, full of warmth and humanity.

Mossbawn: Two Poems In Dedication

1. Sunlight 

There was a sunlit absence.
The helmeted pump in the yard
heated its iron,
water honeyed

in the slung bucket
and the sun stood
like a griddle cooling
against the wall

of each long afternoon.
So, her hands scuffled
over the bakeboard,
the reddening stove

sent its plaque of heat
against her where she stood
in a floury apron
by the window.

Now she dusts the board
with a goose’s wing,
now sits, broad-lapped,
with whitened nails

and measling shins:
here is a space
again, the scone rising
to the tick of two clocks.

And here is love
like a tinsmith’s scoop
sunk past its gleam
in the meal-bin.


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Lichen, Cherry Blossom and A Reflection

The lichen on some logs waiting to be chopped for the fire is rather beautiful. Thanks, D, for pointing it out to me!

Logs and Lichen

Logs and Lichen

The Winter Cherry is in flower already and is some pink loveliness on a grey afternoon.

Winter Cherry blossoms

Winter Cherry blossoms

Our kitchen light is here reflected in the screen of my iPad.

Reflection of our kitchen light

Reflection of our kitchen light



Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Beauty, nature, photography, Postaday 2015



Blossom, Primroses and Endangered Tree

1   The blossom on a local Cherry tree is just gorgeous in the sunlight.

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2    Primroses on a Cornish hedge were lit by the sunshine too.


3    While we were away, our neighbours had one of a pair of beautiful trees taken down. This one is so far safe but I have the saddest feeling that it too will soon go so am saving it here for posterity. The next photo was taken when both trees were there.So much birdlife loves this tree and so do we.

P.S. I have posted the recipe for Chocolate Beetroot Cake today. It is one of the best cakes I have ever made, moist and chocolatey and very moreish!


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Through a Wet Window, A Sand-dollar and Sakura

1    We have rain today and our Spring flowers, Miniature Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths, look beautiful through the rainy window pane.

Tete a Tete through a rainy window

Tete a Tete through a rainy window

2     Doing a bit of Spring cleaning today, I came upon this lovely little sand-dollar on a top shelf. It’s over 30 years since our first visit to America to see my brother and we discovered the delicacy of sand-dollars on the beach near Savannah.


Savannah Sand Dollar, only 3 cms across

Savannah Sand Dollar, only 3 cms across

3   Our perpetual travel diary tells us that today is when the Japanese celebrate their spectacular Cherry Blossom, Sakura.    A bit of research shows me that the cherry blossom season last for some weeks but I wanted to share the beautiful poem that is on our calendar today.

From the deep hearts’ core
Of the spring serenity,
Splendid, resplendent,
A perfume has arisen –
The mountain cherry blossoms!

 Kamo no Mabuchi, poet
24 April 1697 – 27 November 1769

Wishing all my Japanese readers a beautiful and sensuous Cherry Blossom season.


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Murdoch House, Cherry Blossom and Bark

1    After some bitterly cold shopping in the town, I called into Murdoch House for a warming coffee.  William Murdock,whose house this was, made the first locomotive and tested it here in 1784. He also invented gas lighting and used it first in this house. According to The Encyclopaedia Britannica ,  ‘he was sent to Cornwall to superintend the fitting of Watt’s steam engines. At his home in Redruth, Cornwall, he experimented in distilling coal and in 1792 lighted his cottage and offices with coal gas.’Murdoch House

Murdoch House
William Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting

William Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting

2   There is a beautiful cherry tree on the walk back up the hill.

Cherry tree

Cherry tree

Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom

3   The delicate pastel patterns on this piece of bark which had fallen onto the pavement caught my attention as the pink echoed the pink of the cherry blossom.

Beautiful pastel bark

Beautiful pastel bark


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Surprise Present, ClothKitty and Books on Stairs

1   Our lovely neighbour came in today and brought me a belated birthday present of some of her beautiful Winter Flowering Cherry blossom (which I have been admiring from our back bedroom window) a real tonic! Thank you, Sue.

Winter Flowering Cherry blossom

Winter Flowering Cherry blossom, a present from our neighbours

2   I love ClothKitty! I made her at least 30 years ago for KJ but can’t remember exactly when.

ClothKitty, about 30 years old

ClothKitty, about 30 years old

3   Our eldest daughter has sent us this delightful photograph of someone’s stair/bookcase. Now we have an  extended family project for us all to nominate the 9 books we would paint our stairs with!  ‘Under Milk Wood’ would be there for me (as for my older brother) but I’ll have to think of the others.   I wonder what your choice might be?  I’d love to know!

Book staircase!

Book staircase!


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Brother-in-Law, Photographs and the British Library

1  We spent the day with P, my favourite  brother-in-law, who was over from Poland for yesterday’s funeral. We see him so infrequently; it was lovely to be able to have the day together.

2  The Natural History Museum has an exhibition of photographs. What a fabulous and inspiring collection! I’ll post some photos when we get home.I want a really good camera and some lessons in how to make really good photos.

Gargoyle on The Natural History Museum

3  Our next visit was to the British Library. I love that place! We saw the Dickens exhibition, the Ritblat collection and it gave me such a thrill to know that every one of Dad’s books is in there. It is Dad’s birthday today so it seem most appropriate to be thinking of him and his writing today.

4  Cherry blossom, the Natural History Museum building itself, the busker in the tunnel from the tube to the museum, coming home to the delightful Grandbabies – all in all  brilliant day.

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