Here is this month’s chart from Action for Happiness. If you’d like a bigger copy here is the link
We spent a lovely, peaceful couple of hours with dear friends this morning by the pond which they have very recently made. The wildlife which has turned up so quickly is remarkable, Water Beetles, Water Boatmen, Dragonflies (who have mated and laid eggs!) and Swallows diving to get a quick drink – so regenerative of lockdown spirits.
Regular readers may remember that just before lockdown we were among a crowd who turned up to help plant 800 young trees. Here is the forest we planted then and the one we helped to plant about 6 years ago.
It is five years today since we took the phone call in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art bringing us the sad news that our beautiful friend, Kath, had died. It is for her memory that I write my blog every day. She was the most positive person I have ever known, full of life and spirit and optimism. She would have loved this daily record of things that have made us smile or say, ‘Wow, that’s beautiful!’
Friends together in the Barbara Hepworth garden, St Ives
At one of our parties
Walking and talking in Meyssac, France
Walking and talking in a Cornish lane
At Carn Brea Castle for dinner
Making music together after dinner at Kath and Charlie’s
What a sense of achievement today! I walked to visit a friend, not far, maybe ten minutes and all downhill but I did it with no problem (still using my crutches of course) and had such a good time. Thank you for a fascinating morning, D.
A blogging friend kindly sent me a wonderful photo of the Harvest moon rising last night. As for us, clouds obscured his view of the eclipse but who needs that when the Moon herself makes such a show the following evening!
Moon by Plum Creek
I have long loved this poem by Ted Hughes – The Harvest Moon.
The Harvest Moon
The flame-red moon, the harvest moon, Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing, A vast balloon, Till it takes off, and sinks upward To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon. The harvest moon has come, Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon. And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.So people can’t sleep, So they go out where elms and oak trees keep A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush. The harvest moon has come!And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep Stare up at her petrified, while she swells Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing Closer and closer like the end of the world.Till the gold fields of stiff wheat Cry `We are ripe, reap us!’ and the rivers Sweat from the melting hills.
I pre loaded my blog for a week thinking I’d be back on the case by now but recovery seems slower this time. A good friend is letting me use some of his beautiful photographs.
Here is A Cornish Sunset over South Crofty mine headgear.
Thank you very much, David.
Thank you to all of you who have been sending your love for a speedy recovery from my hip replacement operation and for the beautiful virtual flowers, Calvin.
It has been a grey day today with a bitter wind blowing so we haven’t ventured out but a lovely friend from choir did and came to visit this morning bringing with her some Narcissi bulbs growing in a pot, my favourites! Thank you so much, S, for cheering me up this morning. We will nurture them into flowering and then I will show you.
My photos today are from our visit to Atlanta last year when we went to the Botanical Gardens.
There were frogs like this all over the garden. I loved this one reading to his froglet. I love how the froglet is all snuggled up to enjoy the story. I’m missing our Grandbabies snuggling up for a good read.
1 I spent a lovely morning with my good friend N and was able to introduce her to my favourite shop, Cornish Bird in the Sticks. We both bought several beautiful things for those we love so I can’t show you photos. I can show you a lovely little pinafore dress that I plan to buy for Grand-baby B in the New Year.
Beautiful reversible pinafores
2 We also went for a coffee in our favourite coffee shop, The Organic Coffee House, also on Bond Street,in our little town, Redruth. There we shared a delicious Cranberries and White Chocolate Flapjack!!
3 We thought we weren’t seeing any family until New Year but now KJ and the children are coming for the weekend. What a treat!
My brother and I have known P since he was about eight years old and his wife, A, for many, many years too and today they came for lunch and it was yet another happy catching up session. It has been another beautiful day so we have been in the garden enjoying the warmth, the flowers and the horses in the back field. We have just spotted a gangly white foal with them that we didn’t notice yesterday. Click on any photo in the gallery for detail.
1 After school today it was the Summer fair and we saw a different part of the school. I was very taken with this sign in the playground which I am told is where someone goes if they are feeling a bit lonely and they need a friend to play with. In moments, they are spotted and someone comes along to offer friendship. What a lovely warm thing to encourage and with lovely drawings which reflect the multicultural nature of this primary school where 48 languages are spoken!
2 J has lost his first baby tooth today and has put it into a little box for the tooth fairy to find! We are baby sitting for the weekend as Mum and Dad are away and we are not sure of the family routine for such an event! 20p? 50p? Anyone any ideas?
First baby tooth to come out
3 I have been knitting a Ballet cardigan for Grand-baby T since I finished my Wool Against Weapons knitting and have managed to sew it up this evening just in time for tomorrow’s ballet lesson. I hope it fits!
1 I received a lovely email from one of the Cor Serenata thanking me for the book I sent and looking forward to The Inglehearts’ reciprocal visit to Port Talbot next year.
2 This card has been on the dresser for a few days brightening my days. It came from a very good friend left behind in Yorkshire when we came back to Cornwall nearly 6 years ago and it was a real joy to receive. A is one of those special people who you might not be in touch with or see for months but the moment you are together, the time falls away and there you are again, warm, happy and safe in each other’s company.
Inside it says, ‘…the way thoughts of you brighten mine!’
3 At the hospital today (just for Visual fields tests as my Dad had glaucoma) I found the other delightful mural by Peter Wright. This one is called, ‘Falmouth Working Boats’ and is about 3 meters long. To see the first one if you missed it, click here.
Today seems a day in particular need of beautiful things given the news from Oklahoma and the fact that two of my blogging friends have recently been bereaved. Hudson and Patty, this post is for you.
1 This Clematis is called Spring Sensation and although it is only in its second year, has given us quite a few beautiful flowers.
2 Among the purple irises brought by our good friends the other evening were white buds waiting to open and today they have done and they are utterly beautiful. The vase is now full of purple, white and green which just goes to show how well our friends know me and how well their gift was chosen.
3 Yesterday, when we visited our beautiful family, I took this photograph of a tiny baby ear – just perfect.