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The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta – Parade of Sail

It was so brilliant being on the water to see the Parade of Sail! The water was really crowded, everyone intent on accompanying the Parade of Sail as the Tall Ships from Poland, France, Holland,  Portugal, Germany, Britain and more prepared for the Race to Greenwich. It was really exciting to be so close to these beautiful boats, to see their amazing sails and rigging and all the enormous numbers of sailors  involved – and we had the most glorious day for it. All the headlands were lined with people, hundreds and hundreds had turned out to enjoy the spectacle.  Click on any photo for detail. I’ve named the ones I can.
P.S. The estimate of visitors was in fact well over 100,000 and the flotilla accompanying the fleet the largest ever seen in Falmouth!

 

 

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Hebe, Haystacks and A Titanic Moment

1   I love how the sun has caught the purple edge of the Hebe leaves and highlighted the stamens on the flower.

Hebe in my Suffragette garden

Hebe in my Suffragette garden

2   Going out in Skippalong today to follow the Tall Ships Parade of Sail we noticed pleasing haystacks on the horizon.(I’ll post a gallery of the beautiful ships tomorrow)

Tall haystacks

Tall haystacks

3   Our friends took the opportunity for a Titanic moment as we were moving through the channel to see the Tall Ships.

N&G's Titanic moment

N&G’s Titanic moment

 

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Seed Head, Basket of Flowers and Savoury Scone

1    The clematis in the front garden has lovely fluffy seed heads – and this one has a Green Shield Bug on it.

Seed head and beetle

Seed head and beetle

2   Truro’s hanging baskets are quite splendiferous this year – every turn brings another beauty.

One of Truro's glorious hanging baskets

One of Truro’s glorious hanging baskets

3   We are having a picnic with friends tomorrow and I have baked a Mary Berry recipe, a Scone Tray Bake for the shared lunch. I’ve also collected lots of beautiful salad leaves from the garden.

Peppadew and Cheddar Scone

Peppadew and Cheddar Scone – it tastes as good as it looks! I had to try a bit so that it fitted the box!

 

 

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Rosehips, Hollyhocks and Cuckoo-pint

1   Leaving my piano lesson today, the hedge once full of wild roses is now full of Rosehips. Had I more time, I would have collected some for Rosehip Jelly.

Rosehips

Rosehips

2   A neighbour is growing Hollyhocks. These pale pink beauties are about10′ tall!

Pink Hollyhocks

Pink Hollyhocks

3   Along the lane the Arum maculatum, also known as cuckoo pint or cuckoo-pint here in the British Isles is named thus in Nicholas Culpepers‘ famous 16th Century herbal. These berries are sadly poisonous if very glossy and lovely looking!

Cuckoo-pint

Cuckoo-pint

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Fray

I like the frayed nature of some bark and grasses.

Frayed Silver Birch trunk

Frayed Silver Birch trunk

Fraying grasses

Fraying grasses

For others in this Challenge, click on this link.

 

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Falmouth Art Gallery, Unicorn and Tall Ships

1   We were in Falmouth for the four day Tall Ships event and had a delightful day, first in the always pleasing Falmouth Art Gallery. There was a really touching exhibition on ‘The Boy Who Bit Picasso” about the friendship between Picasso and a young boy and his family. If you get the chance, do go and see it.

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2   We called in to see an exhibition of work, The Art of Happiness, by our very talented artist friend, Suzanne Crook, and I fell in love with a small painting which we bought as our Anniversary present to each other. On our way through the town we spotted one of her signature pieces, a fantastic bejewelled Unicorn. I would so love to have one of these!

Rocking Unicorn by Suzanne Crooke

Rocking Unicorn by Suzanne Crook

3  And at last we arrived at the Tall Ships – they really are magnificent. Look closely and you will see some sailors on the  main stays. It looks very precarious!

Some of the Tall Ships in Falmouth Harbour

Some of the Tall Ships in Falmouth Harbour

 

 

 

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Goldfinches, Love and Lasagne

1   More and more Goldfinches are coming to feed each morning. This photo was taken from indoors and a long way away. You may have to click and zoom to find all six if this lovely family.

A Goldfinch family feeding

A Goldfinch family feeding

2   I like the thoughts in this little poster that was sent to me.

Do your best

Do your best

3   Supper tonight was a delicious Chicken and Mushroom Lasagne.

Golden topping

Golden topping

 

 

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