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Cornish Mists, Precious Books and Pressed Flowers

1   We are promised four days of Summer starting tomorrow but today is a typical Autumn day, full  “of mists and mellow fruitfulness”  (From John Keats’ poem, To Autumn, 1820:)

Mist droplets on a web

Horses in the mist and a rabbit running away

2   I spent this damp day doing more sorting. If you’ve been following long, you’ll know that constant but gradual ‘de-cluttering’ of things I inherited is happening at our house!  Today it was a bookshelf where I found some beautiful books which have gone straight back onto the shelves! Just look at these…..

The Fern World, published 1877.

Just look at that beautiful lettering!

Fronds unfurling – plate

Fronds unfurling -index to plate

Plate Four

Plate Four info

Published by the Great Western Railway in 1923

I travelled on some of those branch lines, pre Beeching.

I’m saving another treasure for another day. It is so lovely to handle these books knowing they were also loved by my Mum and Dad.

3   Pressed in a Diary and long forgotten, I discovered some beautiful pressed flowers. I picked all these in our garden the day we moved back to Cornwall mid January 2008. I am thrilled by the retention of colour in the primrose, the crocus, the snowdrop, the tiny blue flower and the greenery.

Beautiful flowers pressed January 2008

 

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Father’s Day, Purple and Singing ‘Soldier’s Farewell’

1    Lovely cards and phone calls today for Mr S and my dear Dad (1916-2004) in my head all day.

2    Purple is one of my favourite colours (along with green – which with white, makes up the Suffragette colours, of which more in another post) Do click on the photo to see the furriness of the centre section, it’s so beautiful!

What’s left when the poppy petals have all dropped

Beautiful French Lavender

I wish you could smell this as well as see it – so lovely.

3   Singing tonight with the Treggies blew a touch of the blues away! We laugh, we sing and we sometimes cry! One song, ‘The Soldier’s Farewell’ is particularly moving and was, apparently, also sung by Cornish tin miners on the station as they were about to emigrate and leave their families far behind.

 
 

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Choir Babies, Baby Naming and Fields of Daffodils

1  Our choir babies had fun today as we sang our hearts out.They also enjoyed the attention during the delicious lunch that L put on for us all to say goodbye to one of our members who is leaving us.

2  Had a fabulous drive through very narrow Cornish lanes lined with ancient trees down to Porth Navas to meet Lowen, the baby whose naming ceremony I’m to do in April. Her name is Cornish for happy. Isn’t that lovely?

3  Then on the corner, as I left, I spotted a field full of daffodils, absolutely glorious in their yellowness.

Field of daffodils

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Polyphotos, Demolition and Planting Primroses

1  Anyone remember Polyphotos? Forty eight photos were taken in quick succession and printed on one sheet. It was hoped one would be good enough to print. I guess I’m about one year old in these.

Polyphotos

2  Some of today’s things may not be considered intrinsically beautiful but the effect they’ve had certainly is! The light in the front garden now is wonderful.

3  I rescued lots of little primrose plants from the front garden and planted them in the Cornish wall at the back.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Crackers, Cornish Lads and Dingboche to Lubuje

1  For Mum and Dad’s Golden Wedding, in 1989, we made some beautiful golden crackers. We, my siblings and their spice who had all come over from America and Germany for the two week long event, had a brilliant evening with Mum and Dad, laughing, sharing stories and making the crackers. I was reminded of this today when, in my perennial sorting of family stuff, I found two packets of the gunpowder strips that make the bang – and they still work! The sound, the smell, both so evocative…….

The Wiseman clan on Perranporth Beach for the Golden Wedding, in our special design t-shirts

2  Tonight , with The Inglehearts, we learnt ‘Cornish Lads’ by Roger Bryant with beautiful harmonies. It’s been one of my favourites since I heard it sung at The Countryman months ago and now we can sing it too. Thanks, Claire.

3   Lucy is now at Lubuje at 18,500ft, having trekked today from Dingboche. I love these names! It’s a splendid vicarious thrill to ‘trek’ with her via the map.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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