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Guest Post, Horses Having Fun and Raindrops

1   I am thrilled today to have had my Guest Post published on Choc Chip Uru’s blog. I have also posted the recipe for Chocolate Amaretti Torte, which is delicious, on my recipe pages too.

2   The horses were having fun rolling around this morning before the rain started.

Horses having fun

3   I love the way the raindrops here have collected in a line down the middle.

Regimented raindrops


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Harvest, Olive Tree and Montbretia with Cornflowers

1   We have harvested the last of our broad beans today – that feels both good and a bit sad. It means that Summer is almost over ……..  They were delicious and I have frozen some for later.

The last of the broad beans

2   I pruned the Olive tree at the start of the summer (as advised) but was too hard on it and thought I’d killed it. Imagine my delight when I found these beautiful little shoots today! There are thirteen all together so it’s alive!

New shoots on the olive tree

3   Beautiful flowers from the garden.

Montbretia and Cornflowers

and a photo of Falmouth Bay from Carn Marth yesterday, for mixedupmeme

Falmouth Bay from Carn Marth


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First Passion Flower, Meeting and Caponata

1   The passion flower has given us a beautiful bloom at last. Yesterday’s bit of sun must have encouraged it – as it did all of us!

White Passion Flower

2   An ex-pupil of mine is on holiday in Cornwall with her partner and wanted to meet up which was really sweet of her. We had a lovely time over coffee in The Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth catching up after six years. What a beautiful young lady (inside and out) she is now at 22!

3   Last delicious dish made for the reunion week – Sicilian Caponata which is beautiful and very colourful, will serve as a side dish for the meat eaters and is substantial enough to be a stand-alone veggie dish when served with some tasty bread.

Sicilian Caponata


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Singing at a Wedding, Owl Quilt and Flowers for a Friend

Illogan Parish Church

Illogan Parish Church

Hydrangers and ribbons

Hydrangers and ribbons

The Ingleheart Singers, bass, tenor and alto

The Ingleheart Singers, bass, tenor and alto

The Ingleheart Singers, altos and sopranos

The Ingleheart Singers, altos and sopranos

Owl quilt by Linda Hemmell

Owl quilt by Linda Hemmell

Garden flowers for friends

Garden flowers for friends

1   My choir, The Ingleheart Singers, sang at a wedding (for the son of one of our members) this morning. It was such a lovely happy event that we were privileged to be at. You can click on any photo for an enlargement.

2   The beautiful owl quilt, by Linda Hennell, belonged to my parents and is coming out for the reunion.

3   We are going out tonight to have a meal with friends. I picked this beautiful bunch of non-scented flowers in the garden to take with us.

As asked, I have put two new recipes on my Recipe Page –

  1. Sweet Potato and Chestnut Roast
  2. Vegetable Ring

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Marmalade, Unfurling Fern and a Buzzard

1   To make room in the freezer for the party food, I took out some Seville oranges and some apple puree and , I think, invented a new Apple and Orange Marmalade. It’s delicious!

Apple and Orange Marmalade

2   Our Tree Fern is settling in and today I noticed a beautiful new unfurling frond.

Unfurling frond

3   We’ve been hearing  buzzards calling over the last few days and today saw one in the field behind our house, busy with something.  What a beautiful bird, rather too far away to get a good photo.

Buzzard in the back field


Posted by on July 6, 2012 in baking, birds, flowers, Food, nature


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Garden Wall, Baking and Meeting the Neighbours

1   At last it stopped raining and we were able to give the garden wall its first coat – on its way to becoming beautiful.



2  This afternoon I made the Lime and Ginger Cheesecake and put it in the freezer ready for the family reunion in July.

Lime and Ginger Cheesecake

3   More cooking this evening as I went across the road to a Pampered Chef Party where two super dishes were demonstrated but the highlight of the evening was meeting so many of the lovely people in our road whom I had never met before. The Chef showed us how to make this fabulous Mediterranean Vegetable Ring (which I shall be making and putting onto the Recipe pages before too long) and then we were able to eat it! Delicious!

Mediterranean Vegetable Ring


Posted by on June 22, 2012 in baking, community, environment, Food, garden


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Faded Beauty, Little Gems and Light at 10pm

1   The  French lavender is still beautiful even as it fades.

Fading French lavender

2   I had cooked Lettuce with Peas the French way before but never tried Little Gems grilled or fried. I did them in just a smear of butter in the non-stick pan  and served them with Halloumi Peppers and they were delicious!

Little Gem lettuces fried

Halloumi Peppers with Little Gem Lettuces and Spring Onion

3   At almost 10pm after the match (which we won!) the light was still good and I took this shot up the garden. The pinks in the foreground smelled absolutely lovely.

10pm in our garden 19th June 2012


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Tomatoes in the Sunlight, Fresh Washing and Sunshine on the Fence

1   Going into the kitchen very early this morning, the sun was streaming in and just caught these beautiful baby tomatoes in their bowl making them glow.

Early morning sunbeams on the Pomodorinos

2   I love the smell of washing dried outdoors in the wind and sun. I take in lungfuls of the smell!

3    As you can see, I’m just a bit obsessed by the sunshine today! Here’s the setting sun on the fence making that glow.

Fence glowing in the setting sun


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Beautiful New Friendship, Jake’s Amazing Models and Creamy White Chocolate Chai and Vanilla Pots

1   Singing with The Suitcases and Claire is always beautiful, rain or not. One of our choir-babies was with us as well as the daughter of a very good friend and they had great fun together. If you look carefully, you’ll see the Sally-boots which have been pulled off!

Beautiful new friends

2     We’re keeping Jake’s lovely models until his next visit. (I know, he may have lost interest!)

Jake’s models – the hangar made with Mikki, the aeroplane made with Mr S and the rockets made with his Mum and me.

3     I made these deliciously wicked  puds for KJ and Lucy’s last night and we finished them off today. The recipe came from

Creamy White Chocolate Chai and Vanilla Pots


Posted by on June 14, 2012 in community, craft, family, Food, music, singing


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Potager Garden, Cornflower and Three Choirs on a Ferry

1  We went to the beautiful Potager Garden, Constantine, to meet a friend, to play and to have lunch. We wandered all over the place exploring, noting landmarks so that we could find our way back and hunting dragons. It’s a magical place for children (and their adults!)

Having adventures at Potager Garden

Jake in the meadow at Potager garden

Lunch was absolutely delicious, as always. Lots of the food is grown right there in the gardens. All the food is cooked freshly on the premises and is a treat for the eyes as well as for the taste buds!

Having lunch in the Potager Garden cafe

Fritatta and salad

Ploughman’s with Cornish Blue Cheese

Tabitha escaping from the cafe!

2  There were flowers in abundance and Jake spotted the bee on the cornflowers.

Cornflower with Bumble Bee

3  This evening I’ve been to sing with the Three Choirs on a Ferry. All three of Claire Ingleheart’s choirs, about 100 of us, sang first in the courtyard in Trelissick Gardens and then we all, including our audience of about 200, walked down the hill to the King Harry Ferry where the choirs went on board, the audience on the slip way and we sang for an hour and were much appreciated by the friendly crowd which included KJ and Lucy, which was really lovely for me. Just as we finished we were all delighted to hear the beautiful sound of a pair of owls hooting to each other.


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