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Blue, Yellow and Violet

1   A beautiful, if very cold, morning meant that the sea on the horizon was very clear and very blue.

Sea on the Horizon

Sea on the Horizon

2   Some people regard Dandelions as weeds. I think they are glorious sunbursts of colour and I love them.

Absolutely gorgeous

Absolutely gorgeous

3   Just look at the veining on these lovely violet garlic bulbs. 

Beautiful violet garlic bulbs

Beautiful violet garlic bulbs


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Together, Rain Resilient Flowers and Wedding Words

1   A beautiful quiet day at home together, catching up with ourselves after a hectic few weeks!

2   A look around the garden shows some flowers which have just about managed to survive the stormy rain that fell while we were away.

Calianthus Gladiolus


Japanese Anenome

3   I’ve printed out the Wedding Ceremony that I’m conducting on Saturday. The whole ceremony, to be held on the beach if the weather allows, is going to be so beautiful.


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First Passion Flower, Meeting and Caponata

1   The passion flower has given us a beautiful bloom at last. Yesterday’s bit of sun must have encouraged it – as it did all of us!

White Passion Flower

2   An ex-pupil of mine is on holiday in Cornwall with her partner and wanted to meet up which was really sweet of her. We had a lovely time over coffee in The Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth catching up after six years. What a beautiful young lady (inside and out) she is now at 22!

3   Last delicious dish made for the reunion week – Sicilian Caponata which is beautiful and very colourful, will serve as a side dish for the meat eaters and is substantial enough to be a stand-alone veggie dish when served with some tasty bread.

Sicilian Caponata


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Marmalade, Unfurling Fern and a Buzzard

1   To make room in the freezer for the party food, I took out some Seville oranges and some apple puree and , I think, invented a new Apple and Orange Marmalade. It’s delicious!

Apple and Orange Marmalade

2   Our Tree Fern is settling in and today I noticed a beautiful new unfurling frond.

Unfurling frond

3   We’ve been hearing  buzzards calling over the last few days and today saw one in the field behind our house, busy with something.  What a beautiful bird, rather too far away to get a good photo.

Buzzard in the back field


Posted by on July 6, 2012 in baking, birds, flowers, Food, nature


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New Wall, Recipes and Singing at the Pub

1  We had no rain for several hours and managed to plant up the new wall. It is going to be very beautiful! Do click on the photos to see the detail.

New wall planted up

Clematis feathery seed heads

Mitraria Coccinea Lake Puye flowers

2   I spent a wonderful afternoon going through all my foodie magazines, cutting out the ones I want to try and sticking them into my personal recipe book. Mr S is a happy man as my pile of magazines to go through is now much smaller and he knows there will be some tasty treats to come!

3    First Sunday of the month means singing Cornish songs at The Countryman in Piece which of course is just the best way to blow away any blues! Singing in harmony has such a positive effect on the spirit, everyone should do it!

Singing at The Countryman in Piece


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Tomatoes in the Sunlight, Fresh Washing and Sunshine on the Fence

1   Going into the kitchen very early this morning, the sun was streaming in and just caught these beautiful baby tomatoes in their bowl making them glow.

Early morning sunbeams on the Pomodorinos

2   I love the smell of washing dried outdoors in the wind and sun. I take in lungfuls of the smell!

3    As you can see, I’m just a bit obsessed by the sunshine today! Here’s the setting sun on the fence making that glow.

Fence glowing in the setting sun


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New Grand-Niece, Rain Soaked Flowers and A Good Read

1    Beautiful news about the safe arrival of Ionie, 3.4kg, in Munich, first baby for my nephew and his wife. I’ll have to get busy on the Sally-boots!

2     Today’s very beautiful rain-drenched flowers in our garden.

Maigold, a rambling rose

Clematis Niobe, such a rich colour

3   Finished reading ‘the earth hums in b flat’ by Mari Strachan, a delightful novel about growing up that begins “I fly in my sleep every night.” I loved that opening as I spent many of my childhood nights flying too! The novel is intriguing, full of childish misconceptions and a growing sense of self.

‘the earth mums in B flat’ by Mari Strachan


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Falmouth Fish Festival, Poppies and My Mum

1   We spent the morning being entertained at the Falmouth Fish Festival, sampling some delicious Cornish produce and thoroughly enjoying Squashbox Theatre, stories, music and fish facts for children of all ages!

Jake sampling some fresh mackerel

Grumpie’s Pies where we bought some beautiful pies to bring home for lunch with salad

Cornish Oak Smoked Salt

Reflections of the masts in Falmouth Harbour

2   Our poppies get better and better. Just look at the creases on the petals of the open one, the veining on the nearly open one and the dew drops on the bud – so beautiful. Click on the photos to see that beautiful detail.


Two buds

3   It’s 19 years today since my beautiful Mum died. Her love and her wisdom are still what guide me. The Forget-me-nots in my garden for her and were in bloom in her gardens for as many years as I can remember.

For my Mum xx


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Stair Climbing, Gardening and Admiration

1   Someone left the stair gate open and Tabitha began her ascent, laughing loudly all the way. There are no stairs at home so this was a great adventure!

Climbing the stairs

2  Jake has been assistant gardener this afternoon, planting dahlias, watering various things and feeding the birds. It’s so lovely to see him taking such delight in helping.

Helping in the garden

3   I have such admiration for a fellow blogger who is working hard and showing such courage and determination. She has called my blog an inspiration and she is now trying to find her own three beautiful things each day. Any of my readers out there who has ever struggled to achieve something important will understand.


Posted by on June 3, 2012 in family, garden


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Washing Line, Curly Roots and Thomas Hardy

1   Seeing the children’s clothes on the line this beautiful sunny morning gave me such a lovely feeling! (I know the wall isn’t beautiful right now but it will be when we’ve finished!)

Baby washing

2  Tipping out an old flower pot this morning, we discovered this beautiful pattern of roots.

Curly roots

3   It rained this afternoon (more petrichor!) so we stayed in and played. Tabitha spent the afternoon unloading one section of the bookcase and piling them up beside me on the carpet and then putting them back. She obviously takes after her Mum and me in her appreciation of Thomas Hardy!

Thomas Hardy novels


Posted by on June 2, 2012 in books, family, home, literature, nature


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