Tag Archives: KJ

Pillow Case, Customer Service and First Broad Beans

1   KJ and the children are coming again tomorrow to spend the last few days with P&V and I’ve been getting the bedding ready. I love this pillow case that was my Mum’s.

Cat in sneakers pillow case

2   We popped into Truro today and in one of my favourite shops there were these drinks available. What a lovely thing to do for your customers on a very hot day.

White Stuff customer service

3   We have harvested our first broad beans and they were delicious stir fried with pak choi.

First broad beans

Podded beans

Just look at the soft, comfortable lining for the beans – beautiful!

I had my 11,000th visitor today! Thank you all so much for reading, liking and following my blog and thank you very much for all the comments which I really appreciate very much.


Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Cornwall, family, Food, garden, growing, Truro


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Toffee Apple Muffins, ‘Good Night, Sleep Tight’ and Cheese Fritters

1   Another rainy day so baking was the plan. Jake helped KJ make Toffee Apple Muffins which were amazing and will be on the recipe pages soon.

Jake mixing and  testing the Toffee Apple Muffin mixture

2   I ordered a book from Amazon ‘Good Night, Sleep Tight’ by Kim West to see if we could get any more advice on how to help Tabitha sleep all night rather than waking up three times.We’ve tried every trick we can think of. We only managed to read a bit but Tabitha had a good look! Hope the advice sinks in!

Tabitha reading ‘Good Night, Sleep Tight’

3   Cheese fritters for tea, made from a friend’s recipe (Thank you, Carrie) were absolutely delicious with a salad and some beautiful Spicy Tomato Chutney. Tabitha ate three! I’ll post the recipe as soon as I can.

Beautiful golden cheese fritters


Posted by on June 7, 2012 in baking, books, family, Food, home


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Sister-in-Law, Gardening Memories and a Cornish Snail

1     A lovely long email from my sister-in-law in Atlanta giving me all their news.

2    I love it how gardening makes me remember people. Today it’s the very small  crinodendron hookerianum, with so many amazing lanterns this year, only three last year (Mum and Dad and their good friend Eddie), planting Cosmos (Bill’s Dad who gave me plugs the year he died and they kept flowering until the first frosts), night scented stocks, just tiny seedlings at the moment, ( KJ as a very little girl of 3 or 4 who used to wake up at about 10pm night after night. We used to take her out into the garden on summer nights to smell ‘the night flowers’ and then she would happily go back to bed.) And now, seeing the uncurling fern, my lovely sister Daisy who emailed to say that she too loves to see the uncurling ferns but in Hawaii they are 30′ tall!

Crinodendron Hookerianum

3  A delightful little snail – I know they eat my plants but just look at him on the edge of the ice cream tub!

Small Cornish snail


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ShelterBox, Rhubarb and Next-Door’s Garden

1   Asked by whatshappeningatmyhouse, which charity would I give £1m if I had such a sum,  I realised that ShelterBox is one of my beautiful things. Started by one man with a very big heart and a very special vision, here in Cornwall, this charity works worldwide to give shelter and dignity to those affected by disaster, be it natural (tsunami, earthquake etc) or man-made (war, civil strife etc). It was indeed, a beautiful thing Tom Henderson started.

ShelterBox has brought these Fijian families new homes allowing them to start to rebuild their lives again whilst living in comfort and dignity.

2   My good friend, Jean, gave us a rhubarb plant at choir on Monday – and because we cannot pick any until next year, gave me a bunch of rhubarb too. Today I’ve made a very special pudding that has been cooked in our family for three generations! It’s an Ambrose Heath recipe called Rhubarb Butterscotch Pie but we don’t put it in a pie case and we call it Different-Every-Time  Pudding because it is!  See my Food pages for the recipe and photos of the process and see shelikesherfood for KJ’s take on the pudding.

Different-Every-Time Rhubarb Pudding

3   Both our garden and next-door’s have some beautiful, delicate colour at the moment.


Clematis Montana


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sunlit Lichen and Senegal

Tabitha's First Birthday Cake

1   The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake, made by my lovely and talented daughter, KJ, for her beautiful daughter’s first birthday!

2   Morning sun on the lichen on next door’s tree.

Sunlit Lichen

3    And to all my lovely readers, followers and commenters – We go away tomorrow to Senegal for Daniel and Ami’s Wedding so I don’t think I’ll be able to post 3 beautiful things every day. You can be sure I’ll be noting them down and will post extra pages when we get home. Please don’t desert me in my absence – I won’t be able to read your posts or comment either. Have a beautiful week or two and I’ll be back…………


Posted by on April 2, 2012 in books, family, Food, nature, Senegal, travel, Wedding


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Piano Lesson, Muscari Grandifolium and Speaking Wolof

1  Today’s piano lesson was hard but by the end my confidence was back and I know what to do for next week. My teacher is a star!

2  Just look at this beautiful Muscari Grandifolium flowering today in the wall.

Muscari Grandifolium

3  We love Skype! Tonight we Skyped with KJ and the children. Jake was telling us about ‘Flat Stanley’, a story our children loved too and Tabitha said her first word,  “Hiya!”,  while waving at us. Later, we Skyped with Daniel in Barcelona and Ami in Dakar, Senegal, speaking both French and Wolof and talking about the wedding which is only two weeks away. Fabulous evening!


Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Daffodils, Silk Pillows and Piano Lesson

1  There are daffodils and /or primroses in every hedgerow, by the side of the roads, in many fields and gardens and in my window boxes.What a beautiful yellow time of year this is!

Miniature Daffodils in our Window Box

2  After sleeping on silk pillows at KJ’s last week and my curls staying curly and a bit less wild, I decided to invest in some and they arrived today.

3  My piano lesson went well. My teacher G is one of the most encouraging and patient people I know.

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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


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David Hockney, The National Gallery and Smoked Haddock Chowder

1  Went to the Hockney exhibition at The Royal Academy this morning – absolutely fabulous! Mesmerising use of colour and so evocative of the environment.

2  From there to The National Gallery where I discovered a new artist, Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun and her painting of a girl with her knitting – Mademoiselle Brongniart – quite delightful.

Mademoiselle Brongniart by Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun

3  KJ made a delicious evening meal using a Simon Rimmer recipe for Smoked haddock chowder which was loved by all including both children.

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Grandbabies, Lucy and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

1  Delighted chuckles of Jake and Tabitha playing on the blown up bed as it was deflated this morning.

2  Lucy’s stories of her trek up to Everest Base Camp.

3  KJ made Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Meat Loaf for supper and it was delicious.

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


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John’s Pond, New Skirting Boards and Dingboche

1  Spring has come to John’s pond! What a delightful picture to lift the spirits. Thanks, John.

Busy frogs in John's pond

2   Mr S has been fitting new skirting boards in our sun room and I’ve been following behind painting on the primer. It’s beginning to look really good in shades of white. The sun streams in here (when it shines at all) and it is a lovely room to bird watch from.

3   When we Skyped with 3 year old Jake this evening we told him that Lucy had reached Dingboche at 14,500ft. He told us that rain comes from the clouds and that if the sun’s there as well there’ll be a rainbow. Tabitha kept us amused by doing somersaults off the settee and we managed a word or two with KJ.

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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


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