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Reflections, Hydrangea and Planting

The Penryn River was so calm this morning and the reflections gorgeous.

When LiveWire no 4 was with us at half term, she brought in a skeleton hydrangea flower that she thought was very beautiful and I agree. I have kept it safely.

I have ‘planted’ the hyacinths for the turn of the year and my birthday. They are in the lovely glass planters that my Mum used to use. It really pleases me to be still using them and remembering the flowers Mum grew in them. Apparently the Victorians loved to raise hyacinths like this. I don’t know how old our glasses are but they are very pretty.



A Dragon, A Fence and Spring Flowers

In glorious Spring sunshine I walked to deliver a card and found so many beautiful things, just nearby, almost on our doorstep – first a dragon leaning up against a wall,


next, a decorated fence…..


and lastly today, a beautiful blue planter full of Spring colour.




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Flowers, Chicken and Tree of Life

We came home last night to find that our Hyacinths, planted for my birthday, had indeed flowered then and are still looking lovely along with the Christmas Cactus.dscn0393

One of our Christmas presents, opened in London last weekend, was this delightful glass chicken made by Danielle Hopkinson. It amused us to put it on our lovely wooden egg keeper along with the eggs! Thanks L, T and B.


We opened another Christmas present today too, a beautiful intricate carving of The Tree of Life which is now on our kitchen wall. Thanks V and P.dscn0400

Yet another parcel was waiting for us when we arrived home last night and I will show you the beautiful contents tomorrow. Thanks P and J.


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Hyacinth, Puppy Poem and A Visit + A P.S.

1   Last Saturday our other lovely neighbour brought us a pot of tightly closed hyacinth bulbs because they were going away for half term. Rather than leave them to blush unseen and waste their sweetness on the empty air, H brought them to us. They have bloomed and their scent is still glorious so when the family returns this evening, I shall return them so that they can also gain pleasure from the pink delicacy of these beautiful hyacinths.

Pink hyacinths

Pink hyacinths

2   BBC Radio 4 has a lovely programme on Sunday afternoons called Poetry Please. This afternoon the poems were all either written by teenagers, starting with The Force that Through the Green Fuse written by Dylan Thomas when he was only 19 or for teenagers or about teenagers. The poem I am about to share with you fits both those latter categories – and I hope it amuses you rather than causing offence! It is by Adrian Mitchell. one of the Liverpool poets, and was written in 1996.

A Puppy Called Puberty.

It was like keeping a puppy in your underpants

A secret puppy you weren’t allowed to show to anyone

Not even your best friend or your worst enemy

You wanted to pat him stroke him cuddle him

All the time but you weren’t supposed to touch him

He only slept for five minutes at a time

Then he’d suddenly perk up his head

In the middle of school medical inspection

And always on bus rides

So you had to climb down from the upper deck

All bent double to smuggle the puppy off the bus

Without the buxom conductress spotting

Your wicked and ticketless stowaway.

Jumping up, wet-nosed, eagerly wagging –

He only stopped being a nuisance

When you were alone together

Pretending to do your homework

But really gazing at each other

Through hot and hazy daydreams

Of those beautiful schoolgirls on the bus

With kittens bouncing in their sweaters.

3   Daughter No 3 is arriving tonight for a few days which will be just lovely.
Many of you know that I had a Total Hip Replacement on 29th December 2014. I have been writing my diary of the events and consequences. You can find the links to My Hip Op Diaries in the horizontal menu at the top of any page and I would love to hear your reaction to any of it if you have time to leave a comment.

Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Beauty, flowers, photography, poetry, Postaday 2015


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Day-Peep, Hyacinths and Bare Ivy Stems

1   Sunrise was particularly beautiful this morning. I love the straight line of the clouds and the sunbeams coming in from the left. The name in the title is what dawn used to be known as by farmers in the Eighteenth Century (as I have just learned from a brilliant book I’m reading called ‘The Horologican’ by Mark Forsyth about lost words of the English language)

Sunrise 7:1:13

Sunrise 7:1:13

2   These beautiful hyacinths were given to us for Christmas and are almost in full bloom and smell just lovely. The scent wafts all the way up the stairs. Aren’t they just the loveliest colour?



3    On a short walk down the lane this afternoon, energy levels being still rather low, I noticed this amazing leafless ivy in the shape of a tree all the way from the bottom to the top of the wall.

Ivy stems

Ivy stems


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Hand-made Card, More Decorations and Hyacinths

1   A very quiet pottery kind of day putting up a few more cards. This delightful one which arrived today has been made by the young son of a very special friend.

Beautiful hand-made card

Beautiful hand-made card

2   I love these very colourful decorations that should be safe from toddler hands as the fireguard will be up. (No fire will be lit!)

Colourful cane decorations

Colourful cane decorations

3   Three of the hyacinths that I brought out of the dark on 3rd December are already in flower!  They smell so lovely. Click on the red link if you missed that post.

Hyacinths beginning to flower already

Hyacinths beginning to flower already

Happy Winter Solstice Day to you all. The days get longer from tomorrow; the sun is coming back!


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Blue Horizon, Senses and Lovely Harmonies

1  We could see the sea from our bedroom window today, just a blue stripe on the horizon about seven miles away but such a joy!

2  Feeling the warmth of the sun on my face and back when walking aroung Truro, smelling the hyacinths outside the Royal Cornwall Museum and hearing the seagulls’ cries, a sound which I love, reminding me how lucky I am to be living in Cornwall again.

Truro Cathedral

3  Singing ‘Cornish Lads’ by Roger Bryant – it’s so good it gives me the shivers! Then, getting to grips with Fleet Foxes’ ‘White Winter Hymnal’ a most haunting set of harmonies. How I love my singing with all those  voices of my friends.


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Network Cornwall, Hyacinths and Marmite ‘n’ Shallot Scones

1  I was thinking this morning about all the happy things I have found, thanks to Network Cornwall. Using the network, I have:

  • found my kind and lovely piano teacher, Glynnis, who has been patiently teaching me for almost a year
  • found our super painter, Veronika, who is on her second job for us
  • been booked for a Baby Naming
  • found our brilliant carpenter Jo, who has made us some unique and lovely shelving
  • booked myself onto a photography class with Helen
  • started French conversation this afternoon with Jackie
  • bought and sold things
  • sought and given advice
  •  given stuff away
  •  made new friends
  • and got some followers for my Blog!       Thank you all!

2  The hyacinths planted before Christmas are in bloom and sending their scent everywhere, even over the top of the paint smell!


3  I made a batch of Dan Lepard’s Marmite and Red Onion Scones this morning ( had no red onions so used two of our home grown shallots)    Delicious buttered and warm straight out of the oven.


Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


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