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Six on Saturday and A Winter Swimmer

Just the one beautiful day this week so we got in a good walk and some garden tidying up, discovering some Crocuses hidden under decaying leaves. Spring is certainly springing in Cornwall, very, very wet and quite (relatively) warm.

1.  The Crocuses

2 and 3  The beautiful little anemones are beginning to bloom.

4.      More Snowdrops

5.       Iris Reticulata

6.  Paler Iris Reticulata – I prefer the darker ones.

I told my friend about the comments about her winter swimming and pointed her to them. This is her response
“Awwwh that’s so lovely Sally. I love the ‘Is she sane?’ I can only say, it’s questionable at times but cold water swimming helps. Today’s swimming adventure is at high tide in Little Beach at Portreath. It’ll probably be mizzling if not piddling down, I’ll have my diving head torch, oh so glam waterproof changing robe and hot water bottle and chocolate. What else could a girl wish for on a Saturday night in lock down?!”
Later this afternoon, N popped over so that I could add a photo. She is such a star!

The inspiration for Six on Saturday comes from The Propagator. Pop over to see his posts and to read sixes from lots of other gardeners to find out how gardens all over the world are faring.

 

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Mittens, Storm and A Sticker

What a day! We watched the inauguration of Biden and Harris and found it very moving and full of hope for the future and we loved the poem, The Hill We Climb, by 22 year old Amanda Gorman, a ray of sunshine, from her words to her yellow coat, as my SIL said.  You can find out more about this remarkable young woman here. Another lovely thing was seeing Bernie Sanders in his wonderful hand knit mittens.

“To anyone watching the U.S. Inauguration events today, I’d just like to point out this iconic knitwear moment, and also say that this photo is the Berniest thing that ever Bernied. No understated classic black leather men’s gloves for our Bernie Sanders — he went for warmth and practicality, and I bet he has the most comfortable pair of hands of anyone there.
Bernie Sanders’ chevron and diamond patterned mittens were made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vermont. She gave them to him over two years ago and he began wearing them on the campaign trail during his run for presidential nominee. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.” Taken from a Facebook post by The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done.
Storm Christoph is far worse for our friends in the North, Here it is wet and windy but we have no flooding.Our Sailors’ Barometer has been overflowing to tell us that the storm has been overhead.
Our friend, who winter swims with her pals, The BlueTits, has this delightful sticker on her car as we saw on our walk today.
 

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