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Spider’s Web, Nasturtium and Millet

It rained overnight and left our garden covered in diamonds. My turn to make the tea, I was down very early and went out in my pjs to take these photos. As soon as the sun came up the diamonds disappeared.

It was the Web between the Agapanthus buds that first caught my eye.

Raindrops 1

Next, I noticed the Nasturtiums, themselves already jewel coloured and then embellished with diamond drops.

Raindrops 2

And then the Millet, encrusted with the same shiny beauties.

Raindrops 3

I was very glad to have been the early bird this morning, starting my day with such soul-pleasing beauty.

 

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Iris, Seeds and John Keats

We spotted this beautiful Iris in a border today. I love the planting of the violet Iris with the orange Wallflowers behind.

It will be our Golden Wedding later this Summer and I am planting lots of pale gold flowers in the hope of having gold all over the garden. These Nasturtiums are the first to go in – to the monkey planter and somewhere else.

The following poem is well known and lovely. In this world which is having some dark moments, it is worth remembering that ‘in spite of all’ beauty and love will transcend the bad and the ugly. Hold onto that thought. With love to all my readers.

from Endymion

A Poetic Romance

(excerpt)

BOOK I
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits.
 

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Feather, Nasturtium and Warm Summer Sun

Early this morning, the sun was already warming up and I walked around the garden feeling peaceful. A feather had become caught among the Lobelias in the window box.

Window box

Window box

2       A couple of Nasturtiums have opened today in the sunshine.

Monkey planter with Nasturtiums and Lobelia

Monkey planter byJ Beswick with Nasturtiums and Lobelia

3       Mark Twain’s brief poem seems just right for today.

Warm Summer Sun 

Warm summer sun,
    Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
    Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
    Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
    Good night, good night.
 

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Nasturtium, Help and Home

1   It was a typical November start to the day, a misty moisty morning* as we took J to school. It was so lovely to see him line up and be a part of the whole school experience, sadly no photo. When we returned I took this photo of a Nasturtium in the garden.

Nasturtium with raindrops

Nasturtium with raindrops

2   Walking down the hill to the tube train, I had help all the way from Grand-Baby T. What a little star she is!

Help with my case

Help with my case

3  It is always so good to come home!

*The weather this morning reminded me of this little nursery rhyme which my Mum always used to say on mornings like this and which I couldn’t remember in full so I have looked it up.

One Misty, Moisty Morning

One misty, moisty morning,
When cloudy was the weather,
I chanced to meet an old man
Clothed all in leather:
He began to compliment,
And I began to grin–
“How do you do?” and “How do you do?”
And “How do you do?” again!

 

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The Tregellas Tapestries, Colour and A Good Friend

1   The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth houses the The Tregellas Tapestries which show the story of Cornwall from prehistory to modern day, in many beautiful tapestries. These are just two of them. There are 56 more of them and I love going to see them as we did this morning. I wish I could have been part of the project!

Tregellas tapestry

Another of the tapestries

“Known as Redruth’s hidden treasure, the Tregellas Tapestries are a collection of panels of artwork depicting the story of Cornwall in a unique modern tapestry. The word tapestry perhaps doesn’t quite convey how extensive the piece of art is: in short it is a breathtaking work of embroidery, created with appliqué, collage, paint, wool, silks, metal, cork and wood under the direction of Cornish Bard Rita Tregellas Pope, and two designers Joanne Tucker and Anne Corey. The tapestry was created to advance knowledge of Cornwall’s cultural heritage and showcase Cornish history, pre-history, legends industries and activities. The work took three years to complete and has been on display since 2001.”

2   There is still colour in the garden, lots of Kashmir Lilies and just a few nasturtiums and a couple of dahlias.

Kashmir Lilies

Nasturtium

Dahlia

3   A very good friend dropped in this afternoon and we spent a happy hour catching up on each other’s news – lovely!

 

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