Tag Archives: David Wiseman

Sketch, Cookie Cutters and A Leaf

We have had a sketch book of my Dad’s for many years and I thought I had taken out and given away the various sketches. I brought it down today so that the LiveWires can use the paper for their delightful drawings and discovered another of dad’s drawings, of Wheal Busy. My Dad was an author of children’s books and adult historical romances – a man of many talents.

Wheal Busy dated 4/vii/80

I sent for some new biscuit cutters so will have fun with the LiveWires making Autumn biscuits.

Biscuit cutters

A lovely Autumn leaf found on my walk today.

Red leaf


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Peace, A New Book and More Embroidery

Yesterday we collected flat pebbles at Portreath and today LiveWire T wrote kind and loving  words on them.


This morning the family went to visit The Poldark Mine and found it fascinating. I couldn’t go as I had to go to my Pilates class which helps me stay mobile!  LiveWire J was full of information that he had learned and was very struck by the fact that boys his age had to go down the mine to work!  We feel that the time is ripe for him to be given my Dad’s, his Great Grandfather’s novel, Jeremy Visick to read. He has promised to look after it and to tell me how he gets on with it.


LiveWire T has continued to work on her free embroidery and is taking great care with each stitch. This is our last day with them so we will need to finish it off early tomorrow morning before they leave at 9.30.



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Bookshops, Libraries and Stories

1  I love bookshops!

So often, a visit to a bookshop

2   I came across another quotation the other day and loved it too:
“What I love most about libraries is that the books can only be borrowed, but the knowledge and inspiration they contain are yours to keep.”  Anthony Breznican

I was an avid reader as a child and read so quickly my parents sometimes quizzed me to see if I really had read the whole book!  I had the kind of memory that if I wanted to check a fact, I could picture whereabouts in the book and whereabouts on the page that piece of information could be found. I read everything available in the Children’s library and had to get special permission to get books from the adult library and there I discovered Dorothy L Sayers’ thrillers, Emma Orczy’s Scarlet Pimpernel and Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers!  If only I could read as fast now – my pile of ‘to-reads’ is getting higher and higher. I wonder if you, dear reader, also have piles to go before you sleep!

3    Watching Daughter No 3 read to her daughter, Grandbaby B, on Skype, reminds me of my Dad reading to me, us reading to our four and the joy of story. I give you again, my special bookshelf of all the books for children (and some for adults) that my lovely Dad, David Wiseman,  wrote, a legacy indeed.


I shall have to take a better photo tomorrow so that you can read all the titles.


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Goldfinches, Gift and Rainbow Vegetables (and Cor Serenata)

1   I managed to catch a couple of Goldfinches at the feeder this morning.



2   Today I have posted off a copy of one of my Dad’s books, ‘Moonglow’, to Cor Serenata, the Welsh choir who visited us last August, as a small thank you present for such a lovely weekend. I’ve only just realised that I didn’t post about the concert! See below for a gallery.

'Moonglow' and 'Lleuwedd'

‘Moonglow’ and ‘Lleuwedd’

3   The vegetables all chopped for Roast Veg with Halloumi looked so lovely, almost all colours of the rainbow.

Rainbow Vegetables

Rainbow Vegetables

The visit of Cor Serenata which was such fun!



Posted by on November 9, 2013 in Beauty, Food, nature, photography, Postaday2013


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Suffragettes, Beach Walk and Suffragette Garden

1  After a happy morning immersing ourselves in the history of Suffragettes, in particular, the March in 1913 from Cornwall up to Hyde Park and A Suffragette Diary, we enjoyed a splendid lunch, mussels for C and Asparagus in Parma ham for me!

Books we were using, 'Badge of Honour' (UK) and 'Tie to the Past' (USA title) written by my Dad

Books we were using, ‘Badge of Honour’ (UK) and ‘Tie to the Past’ (USA title) written by my Dad

Cornish Mussels

Steaming Cornish Mussels

Asparagus in Parma Ham with Mozzarella and Spinach Pesto

Asparagus in Parma Ham with Mozzarella and Spinach Pesto

2   After lunch we walked in the beautiful Spring sunshine down the beach to the shoreline.

Waves at Porthtowan

Waves at Porthtowan

Sand puddles and patterns

Sand puddles and patterns

Patterns in the pools

Patterns in the pools

3   My Suffragette garden, honouring my Great Grandmother and all those imprisoned in Holloway and force fed in their fight to gain the vote for women,  is looking splendid in today’s sunshine – white and purple tulips, white narcissi and purple and white pansies.

Purple, white and green garden

Purple, white and green garden

Purple tulip

Purple tulip


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Story-teller, Cactus and Moscow City Ballet

1   The little story-teller figure is a Pueblo Indian character and is honour of my Dad whose novels are behind the little figure in the photo.

Pueblo story-teller and novels by David Wiseman

2    The ‘Christmas’ cactus in beautifully in flower already.

‘Christmas’ cactus

3   We’ve been to the Hall for Cornwall this evening to see the marvellous Moscow City Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet. It was brilliant!

Moscow City Ballet, Romeo and Juliet


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Beautiful Day, Agapanthus and Martin Gravestone

1   The sun has shone on us today. We took the twenty minute  ferry ride from Falmouth to St Mawes and the fourteen of us had lunch together on the terrace at The Rising Sun, looking out to the sea.

2   There were beautiful Agapanthus in abundance in St Mawes.

3   On the way home we had a family pilgrimage to Gwennap Churchyard to see the gravestone that inspired Dad to write his first novel, Jeremy Visick.

No photos today as one of the children fell asleep in the study as soon as we got home and is still there, expected to sleep all night!  I’ll add them tomorrow.


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