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Today, Springtime Walk and A Recipe

Today is World Happiness Day and the Vernal Equinox.  In these difficult times, let me show you the lambs that appeared in the back field today.  It’s Spring.

It was a beautiful morning and we went on our regular walk, a short stretch of the Flat lode Trail. Please join us, especially if you are having to stay indoors, on this lovely full-of-Springtime walk.

A couple of my Dear Readers asked for the recipe for my Special Brownies which I showed you yesterday.  You and they, can now find the recipe here.

 

 

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Queen Anne’s Lace, A Poem and Our House

Our walk ‘around the back’ along a short stretch of the Flat Lode Trail was rain free today. It was wild and windy and quite hard work but very satisfying. I was delighted to find Cow Parsley as our niece-in-law, a brilliant poet, recently shared the following poem about Queen Anne’s Lace, the much prettier name used by Americans.

 

Queen Anne’s lace grows quiet
by the roadside in spring.
With brilliant purity, leaves of chartreuse
and flowers champagne.
With edible bitter roots,
wild carrots you could call out by name.

Queen Anne’s lace grows dark
and brittle as a backdrop by fall.
She stays the night just as quiet as before,
with a heart hard as timber by sunrise
still delicate and breakable and
by some fortune still ignored
by the creatures with limbs that might call
out her name and

snap her by the stem for a memorial.

She will not break beneath the endless rains
the frost of the morning or
the bleak quiet of the cul-de-sac,
the shades of grey you could call out by name,
the warm bodies which brush blithe
against the lines of her form.

Queen Anne’s lace sleeps with
her fingers to the sky
and her body deformed in glory,
patient for the warm rains of late winter
and the sun like a cold flashlight
in the hazy sky which will beckon her
to wake once more and
glimmer by the highway
in hindsight
restored.

By Kari Bijou

We call this walk ’round the back’ as it goes up behind our house which can be seen, just, in the next zoomed in photo. Ours is the yellow painted one (the paint is called Cornish Cream) with a window in the attic, on the right of the two Victorian semis.

Our house

 

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Fountain, Feeding and Engine Houses

Our copper fountain has been installed at last. It is in the last patch of the garden to be sorted and I have all the ferns and shade lovers ready to plant around it. I love the sound of the trickling water.  We put the pebbles into each cup to enhance the trickle sound.

Fountain trickles

We walked up the back around The Great Flat Lode tonight and were amused by the cows eating in tandem and the calf having a good feed. We are so lucky to be able to walk out of the front door and into such spaces.

Calf having supper

Munching grass in unison

Along the trail is Wheal Uny and another engine house. From one angle they looked very like the ones Dad had sketched many years ago (see yesterday’s post)  but aren’t quite right. The mast would have gone up much later and the bushes have grown but we think we have to keep looking.

Engine houses up on the Flat Lode Trail – the ones Dad sketched?

 

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Last Walk Together, Purple Vetch and Special Nappy!

1   The four of us had a last walk together up on the Flat Lode Trail this morning, planning our visit to see P&V in Atlanta next year!

Wheal Uny from a distance

Walking around the Flat Lode Trail near Wheal Uny

2   First sighting this year of beautiful Purple Vetch.

Purple Vetch

3   Fortunately we still have KJ and the children here otherwise the house would be too suddenly quiet! Watching Tom Daley in the Olympic diving event this afternoon, Tabitha was wearing this delightful nappy!

Love this nappy!

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Cornwall, family, flowers, nature

 

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Flat Lode Trail, First Snowdrops and Last of our Leeks

1  A lovely walk today in winter sunshine up and around behind our house on the Flat Lode Trail – views of the sea, a beautifully mossy tree, bright yellow gorse and lots of time to talk.

2  Mr S spotted our first snowdrops on his way to dig up …….

3  ……. our last leeks. Tonight we’ll have them in a creamy white sauce with our Sweet Potato and Chestnut Roast.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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