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W B Yeats, Trelissick Gardens and Chocolate

It’s Valentine’s Day today and we both liked this brief poem called ‘A Drinking Song’ by W B Yeats that we heard on the radio this morning:

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

 

Our lovely Son-in-law doesn’t do Valentine’s Day! He says every day is Valentine’s in their house and we have adopted the same saying! I did get us a tiny heart shaped tin of chocolates to share.(It really is tiny despite the photo!)   Later in the afternoon we had a walk around Trelissick Gardens which was lovely. Do join us!

 

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Sailing, Red Arrows and Fish’n’chips

Here are the photos of a perfect day – sailing with friends to The Helford River in our boat, Skippalong, anchoring for lunch, sailing back in time to watch the spectacular Red Arrows display and ending the day with a fish’n’chip supper.A perfect antidote to all the family leaving – spirits well lifted!

I’ll add the gallery tomorrow – the sea air has exhausted me!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2015 in Beauty, Cornwall, sailing, water polo

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

This Seagull represents JOY to me. You may find that strange so I will explain. When I lived away from Cornwall, the call of a seagull brought home into my head and with it the sea and the sand and the cliffs and everything that Cornwall means to me.

Seagull

Seagull

My Mum loved Cornwall as much as I do and when we knew she was dying, the whole family came from all over the world to see her. When my brother and I went to register her death, a Seagull walked into the office before we could close the door and we joked that it was Mum, come to make sure we did everything properly. We had a family outing to St Ives a day or two later and a single Seagull came to sit on the car while we getting the parking ticket. We joked that Mum was there with us to enjoy St Ives with us as she had done so often and at the wonderfully moving  Humanist Celebration of her life, there in the garden was a solitary Seagull…….    Mum is with us still and still brings me joy.

 

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Trelissick Garden, Cafe and Gallery

1   The sun was shining this morning so  off we went to one of our favourite gardens, Trelissick, a National Trust property.  As well as daffodils all over the grounds , the annual Daffodil Exhibition was happening – what a joy! The following gallery will take you around the gardens and into the old stable block where the daffodils were on display.  Click on any photo for an enlargement.

2    A hot drink was called for after a bitterly cold walk so off to the cafe where the room was in the process of being decorated with beautiful stencils of purple Wisteria.

3   After that to the Gallery which is always full of the most beautiful things. Today was no exception! The rope coil on the floor used to hoist heavy paintings was one of the beautiful things to attract my attention.

 

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Singing, Cake and Thoughtfulness

1   We had our usual singing this morning, rehearsing for our Gig tomorrow evening,  followed by a singing workshop with delicious cakes made by several members of the choir.

All that and the view of the Penryn River outside. Bliss!

The Penryn River and a beautiful yacht

The Penryn River and a beautiful yacht

I wonder where the ladder leads.....

I wonder where the ladder leads…..

2   The cakes were truly scrumptious! Thanks to all who baked.

Lemon Butter Cake

My Lemon Butter Cake

3   I love the flowers and the mosaic which cheer visitors to the hospital.

Crocuses in the hospital grounds

Crocuses in the hospital grounds

This lovely piece greets people as they enter the hospital.

This lovely piece greets people as they enter the hospital.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Forward

I love how the waves always appear to be rolling forward even when the tide is going out. Click on any photo to see beautiful detail. All these have been taken on the North Coast of Cornwall where the waves are wonderful in any weather.

 

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Sea, Stoat and Sally-Boots

1   From our bedroom this morning, we could see that the sea on the North coast was very rough, white horses all along the horizon so we went down to Chapelporth to feel the wildness of the ocean and the wind, the roar of the waves crashing onto the rock and tried to take photos while being buffeted by the very fierce gusts.

Rough sea

Rough sea

Huge waves crashing at Chapelporth

Huge waves crashing at Chapelporth

From the cliff tops

From the cliff tops

2   On the way home I saw a beautiful creature running across a drive. I identified it when we arrived home and it was a stoat. No chance of a photo but I found this one on a BBC site.

Stoat- photo from the BBC

Stoat – photo from the BBC

3   I posted some Sally-Boots to a young friend who had her baby girl four weeks early a few days ago. Happily, she’s doing well.  As I was packing them up, I realised where the colour scheme had come from – the orchids that were part of Mr S’s birthday present.

Sally-Boots for Abigail

Sally-Boots for Abigail

Sally-Boots and orchid

Sally-Boots and orchid

 

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Loe Beach, Pill Creek and A Blazing Sky

1   As a teenager, I used to cycle the 5 miles from Truro to Loe Beach to ‘hang out’ with friends. It is a very beautiful place full of lovely memories.

From Loe Beach

From Loe Beach

Father and son going out fising, taken into the sun

Father and son going out fishing, taken into the sun

Launch

Launch

Off they go

Off they go

Abandoned buoys

Abandoned buoys

Reflections

Reflections

Bladderwrack glowing in the sun

Bladderwrack glowing in the sun

2  We came to Cornwall from Birmingham when I was 6 years old. Pill Creek was my first real view of Cornwall as we were driven to our first home by an old family friend who had met us at the train station.  I’m sure you’ll understand why I fell in love with Cornwall!

Pill Creek - my first view of Cornwall when I was 6

Pill Creek – my first view of Cornwall when I was 6

Pill Creek from the house

Pill Creek from the house

3   The sky as we drove home became more and more golden and was this wonderful colour by the time  we arrived.

Tonight's sky, Carn Brea Castle, Carn Brea Monument, chimneys and telegraph wires

Tonight’s sky, Carn Brea Castle, Carn Brea Monument, chimneys and telegraph wires

 

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Bird Bonanza, Green Gym and Reflections (Special Photo Challenge Inspiration)

1  In a lull between storms we went for a walk from Helston to Loe Bar through fields, woodland, swampy mangroves, alongside the biggest freshwater lake in Cornwall and along the cliffs above Loe Bar – a brilliant walk for photographs!

Having our picnic before we set off we saw so many beautiful little birds – Goldfinches  Long tail tits, Blue-tits, Coal tits, a Wren and a couple of Goldcrests and some Pied Wagtails, more than we’ve seen in our garden for a long time. On the walk we saw cormorants and ducks of all kinds and a couple of hawks.

Goldcrest

Cormorant?

2   All along the way I was amused to discover ‘The Green Gym’ for those for whom the walk was not exercise enough!

The Green Gym 1

The Green Gym with Loe Pool in the background

3   The reflections in the pool and in the puddles were beautiful. I took a self portrait of me doing what I love , taking photographs of beautiful things in the great outdoors!

Self-portrait in a puddle

Swampy reflections

Trees reflected in a puddle

Autumn reflections in Loe Pool

and two photographs of the sea….

Crashing waves

Patterns in the sand left by the retreating wave

 

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1st November – Grandbabies, Train to Cornwall and Arriving Home

1   Spending a short time with the Grandbabies before our journey back to Cornwall.

Ready to go to Nursery, wearing her new hoodie

Enjoying a hot chocolate

2   I love the train journey to Cornwall but it was dark almost as soon as we set off and I was so tired, I slept most of the way.

3   It’s lovely to be able to travel and to have had such a fantastic trip and it’s lovely to come home.  Thank you for all the comments you, my lovely readers, have left over the last two weeks. I will get around to replying in the next few days.

 

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