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Kindness, Bee and Cake

I read this lovely story today and thought I would share it with you.
“Sorry, I stole your car. Saved my family!” – an incredible story from a resident of Kyiv.
“I left the bomb shelter and saw a car with keys in the ignition near the store. I watched it for two hours, waited for the owner – I didn’t wait. I took my family, got in the car and drove to Vinnitsa to visit relatives. I found a phone number in the glove compartment and called the owner:
– Sorry, I stole your car. Saved my family.
– Thank God, don’t worry, I have 4 cars. I took my family out in my jeep. The rest of the cars I filled with fuel and left in different places with the keys in the ignition and the number in the glove compartment.
I received calls back from all cars. There will be peace – see you. Take care of yourself!”
There is kindness in the world! Ukrainians are heroes!
Taking a photo of the rain inside an iris flower, I saw the bee and it stayed still long enough for me to get its portrait.
We had blueberries that needed using up so the lovely Mr S suggested a Blueberry Cake. Here it is with a delicious cream cheese icing, https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/blueberry-soured-cream-cake-cheesecake-frosting.
 

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Mnohayalita, White Tulip and Viola

Last Monday, at choir, was our first singing of this beautiful song learnt from a video by Anni Zylstra. It’s a Ukrainian blessing meaning, ‘Many Years’  or the implied meaning “wishing you many years of life” –  a traditional Ukrainian celebratory song and is sung at weddings, namings and other celebrations. We sing it here in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

We still, just, have white tulips.

Our edible trough has lots of seeds planted and, so far, just a few edible flowers which I like to use on cakes and in salads. 

 

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Pendennis Castle, Fritillaria and Street Art

Yesterday we met dear friends for breakfast at the Gylly Cafe and going back to the car, caught this view of the castle through the park.

The gorgeous chequerboard Fritillaria Meleagris are coming into bloom.

Still the news is full of the bravery and resistance of the Ukrainians.

 

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Rhododendron, Carrots and A Burger

This creamy rhododendron is enormous!

Buying the veg today at our wonderful greengrocer’s in town, theses lovely little carrots caught my eye.

I made Tom Kerrdge’s Mexican Spicy Bean Burgers tonight – delicious but very messy to eat!

Thinking about Ukrainians

 

 

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Mother’s Day, Beauty and Spring Warmth

Sent by a friend

by Viktor Zaretsky of Ukraine

Charles Dickens

 
 

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Patterns, Swans and Singing for Ukraine

While we waited for the broker who is going to sell our boat for us, I enjoyed looking at the patterns made by the  reflections of masts in the water at the quayside.

Wriggly masts in reflection

No cygnets today, just the parents who mate for life.

I haven’t been going to my choir, Suitcase Singers, in Penryn for a number of reasons. Yesterday they recorded this traditional Ukrainian folk song, Zelenje zhyto, zelene transcribed by Natalie Nowyytzki, directed by Claire Ingleheart  At times like this, it is so hard to know what to do but we can always sing and use our voices in solidarity.

 

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Onions, Allotment and A Sunflower

Here are the last few of the onions we grew last year. We are going to have to buy for a few months until the ones planted today, more than last year,  are ready for harvest.

Last of last summer’s harvest

Heat treated sets arrived by post

Planted out today

For Ukraine

 

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Spring Flowers, Lentil Ragu and Courage

Not usually a fan of pink, I really like these pink tulips with the blue of the muscari.

 

A couple of days ago when I posted about the delicious lemon cake, JR commented about another of Rachel Roddy’s recipes and I looked it up, Tagliatelle with lentil and mushroom ragu. It also sounded delicious and came with the recommendation from a friend so I made it for this evening – truly scrumptious.

Watch: Ukrainian girl who sang ‘Let It Go’ in a bomb shelter performs national anthem at packed charity concert

 

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Spring, Success and A Poem

It’s officially Spring and all over Cornwall there are swathes of shades of yellow, both  primroses and gorse in the hedgerows and  hundreds of daffodils lining the sides of the roads. It is glorious and our route to Truro today was a pleasure.

The lovely Mr S saw his surgeon today, seven weeks after his knee replacement surgery. All declared a success. The hard work on exercises is paying off.

It is World Poetry Day today so I give you today’s poem from my book, A Poet For Every Day Of The Year.  I was a big fan of flower fairies as a child.

 

 

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Daffodil, Kittens and A Poem

When I visited friends recently, they picked some daffodils from their woodland for me to take home to the lovely Mr Smith and they are in front of the wood burner in the sitting room. We love how the outside petals are twisty.

This delightful chart came my way today and it made me smile – books and kittens? Can’t do much better!

Another poem for you today, again with the people of Ukraine in our hearts. .

 

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