Listen here for my choir singing, ‘Lower Lights” a beautiful song about the importance of the lights around the coasts.
1 I took a very large envelope to the Post Office today, sending some of the Christmas Clings that Marilyn very kindly sent to me, to our Grandchildren. I asked if they had a ‘Please do not bend’ label but they didn’t. The woman behind the counter suggested that I add a piece of card to strengthen it all and so I said I would take it home, do that and come back tomorrow. ‘Just a minute,’ she said and disappeared into the back. She then spent the next 5 minutes or so undoing my package, fixing it up with a piece of card and resealing it! What a star!
2 I am so excited! I now have my red Doc Martens! Some of you will know I have been eyeing these for some time and today, there were some new ones in, in red leather rather than the patent and so I have some at last. I wore them out of the shop which reminded me of being little when we always took our old shoes home in the box and wore our new shoes home with such pride!
3 Tonight we went to The Hall for Cornwall to see The Ballet Boyz, an all male modern dance group. THe first dance was incredibly lovely showing off the beautiful male bodies; the second dance full of stylised violence and suppressed aggression and quite exhilarating.
1 Happy Thanksgiving to my dear family in Atlanta and in Hawaii, to our good friend Shelagh in Vermont and to all my lovely blogging friends in America. May you all have love and laughter in your lives.
2 Such a lovely phone call this morning from two and a half year old Grand-Baby T who sang the following to us to the tune of Frère Jaques
Father Christmas, Father Christmas,
He’s got stuck, he’s got stuck;
High up in the chimney, high up in the chimney
What bad luck! What bad luck!
3 The birds were very busy in the garden this morning – all kinds of tits, our wren, lots of Goldfinches and the usual Magpies, Blackbirds and pigeons. The Goldfinches were stripping the Verbena Bonariensis of its seeds. A Heron flew over yesterday which was a treat.
I’m watching Comet ISON with great interest. This update just came through from my dear Sister in Hawaii and it’s all looking just a bit iffy at the moment as if it might not survive its close encounter with the sun.
1 Decorating is making progress. It will be beautiful in time…….
2 This amazing picture of an immaculate wood-stack in the shape of an owl came my way recently. I can’t imagine actually using any of the wood.
3 I started knitting the Snow Dog months ago but have put off the sewing up, my least favourite part of making anything. Today, in a break from painting the coving, I made a start. It’s hard!
1 Yesterday I cooked up a storm, making the first of the meals for 11 and a 1/2 family people for the holiday season! This was the beautiful Flemish Beef casserole which will be topped with garlic bread. It is now in the freezer in 6 boxes of two servings each and I thank my school friend, Stella, for the recipe. I shall add chestnuts to the final dish to make it even more festive!
2 The Viburnum is bursting with waxy blossom, such a welcome sight when there’s not much colour in the garden.
3 The people who had this house before us changed some of the beautiful Victorian features and as we decorate, we are restoring those we can. They removed the picture rail and put it lower than it should be. The lovely Mr S has taken it all down, we have filled the holes and re-plastered parts and now the rail is back at the height it should be, restoring the elegant beauty of the room. Now we just have to get it all re-painted before Grand-baby B arrives on Monday as she will need somewhere to crawl about!
1 I was reminded of these words of Shelley yesterday
“Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory- “
when I heard ‘The Ballad Of Joe Hill’ sung by Paul Robeson, one of my all time favourite voices singing one of my lovely Dad’s favourite songs, and one which we played at Dad’s Humanist funeral. It was chosen by Ed Milliband in Desert Island Discs on Sunday and has been in my head ever since. Some of you will know this – but it doesn’t matter how long ago you ‘lost’ a parent, they never actually leave you and music can suddenly bring them back into the kitchen as clearly as if they were still alive.
3 Singing with The Inglehearts tonight was especially good. There’s something very special about singing in harmony with friends. Here’s a public Thank you to Claire Ingleheart for her work, her friendship and her very special talent which she shares so freely.
3 The Crystallised Limequats look beautiful in their jar.
1 The horses in the field behind us almost came into the garden today! One was scratching his neck so hard on the fence that we thought it might give way!
2 I had some left-over sweet potato from making a Sweet Potato Cake (Don’t ask! It was a disaster! The recipe read well but it was almost tasteless, solid as a brick and fit only for the birds!) While it was in the oven and before I knew how awful it was, I decided to make the rest into soup with carrots and ginger, onions and garlic and vegetable stock and that was fabulous!
3 I didn’t know what Limequats were either! I’d eaten Kumquats and these, it seems, are the lime version. I decided to make Crystallised fruits with them so here they are in their sugary bath with cinnamon and vanilla. I love how the little seeds have the green line in them. In case you can’t tell the scale, each Limequat is a bit bigger than a marble but not quite as big as a golf ball.
Toady I’ve posted the recipe for the very delicious Raw Chocolate Brownies should you wish to try them. You can find it on my Recipe page or click here.