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Cornish Daffodils, Zig Ziglar and Cornish Yarg

1   A very good friend brought me some beautiful Cornish grown daffodils today, very much appreciated. The gesture warmed my soul. Thank you.

Gift

Gift

2   This little plaque came my way via two other lovely friends, one here in Cornwall and her sister-in-law in Vermont. We all do our best!  Thank you to you two too. Please share my  bright and cheery bunch of flowers.

Always do the right thing

Always do the right thing

 

3    Those of you outside Cornwall may not know this delicious Cornish cheese, Yarg. It is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese made  from the milk of Friesian cows. Before being left to mature, this cheese is wrapped in nettle leaves to form an edible, though mouldy, rind. Hence the beautiful pattern on the outside.

Cornish Yarg

Cornish Yarg

 

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Party, Anemones and Christmas Tree

1   What a lovely way to spend a day! First singing all our favourites with The Suitcases then off all together for our Christmas lunch which was delightful.

Suitcases singing 'Oxygen'

Suitcases singing ‘Oxygen’

2    These anemones are grown locally and are the first of this season. I love their jewel colours, the fact that they were my Mum’s favourite flowers and that I always put them in a brass bowl that was hers – all seem just right somehow.

Cornish Anemones

Cornish Anemones

3   This afternoon we decorated the tree, very simply this year, just lights and all things red – baubles, boxes and crackers.

Sparkling lights on the tree

Sparkling lights on the tree

 

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My Dad, Generosity and Kaffir Lily

1  It is ten years today since my lovely Dad died and, of course, he still leaves a hole in my life. This morning in our newspaper was a lovely piece by Lindy West about losing her Dad three years ago. I found it heart warming. Click on the red link to read it.

2   In the midst of some horrific news this week comes a beautiful reminder on the inherent goodness and humanity of people. I loved this story of a student in Preston who slept rough herself to repay a homeless man’s kindness to her. Another heart-warming story for you.

3   We have some colour in the garden as the Kaffir Lilies begin their winter show.

Kaffir Lily

Kaffir Lily

 

 

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The Woodman, Robert Frost and News

1   No photos today as I haven’t left the house, being full of cold. Something arrived across the ether though to cheer me up and that is this beautiful painting by the Mother of a young friend of mine. I love the detail, the ordinariness of the woodman bending over to tie his shoelaces and the colour in the trees. It really is very beautiful and Lorraine’s Mum a very talented artist.

The Woodman by Lorraine's Mum

The Woodman by Lorraine’s Mum

2  Another friend commented that the painting reminded him of a Robert Frost poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’. Even though there is no snow, I can see why.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

3    I have the date for my Total Hip Replacement. It may surprise you that I find that a beautiful thing but it is because it is on 29th December 2014 so I can start the New Year with my new hip and in no time at all will be all-singing and dancing again!  Watch this space!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Beauty, nature, painting, poetry, Postaday 2014

 

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Shopping, Christmas Flapjack and A Visit

1   I spent a lovely morning with my good friend N and was able to introduce her to my favourite shop, Cornish Bird in the Sticks. We both bought several beautiful things for those we love so I can’t show you photos. I can show you a lovely little pinafore dress that I plan to buy for Grand-baby B in the New Year.

Beautiful reversible pinafores

Beautiful reversible pinafores

2   We also went for a coffee in our favourite coffee shop, The Organic Coffee House, also on Bond Street,in our little town, Redruth. There we shared a delicious Cranberries and White Chocolate Flapjack!!

Scrumptious!

Scrumptious!

3   We thought we weren’t seeing any family until New Year but now KJ and the children are coming for the weekend. What a treat!

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Beauty, Food, photography, Postaday 2014, Redruth

 

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Geminids Meteor Shower, Baking and Light Tree

1   It was a beautiful clear night so just after midnight we went out into the garden, turning off the Light Tree, to look for the meteor shower. It was exciting to spot them, though only one at a time, not, for us, a shower! The lovely Mr S saw a green one but I missed it! Sorry, no photos but you can see some brilliant photos by clicking here.

2   I’ve made a couple of dozen mince-pies this afternoon while listening to the final episode of ‘The Once and Future King’ on BBC R4.

Mince-pies

Mince-pies

3    As it becomes dark, our Light tree begins to make the garden glow.

Our light tree in the back garden

Our light tree in the back garden

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in baking, Beauty, nature, photography, Postaday 2014

 

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Garden Birds, Tiny Mittens and Embroidery

1   I sat and watched our garden birds this morning.

2   I finished the tiny fingerless mittens for Grand-baby B last night and love how the size compares with the gloves of her Grandfather, the lovely Mr S.

Two pairs of gloves

Two pairs of gloves

3   Today I have used one of my Granny’s hand-embroidered tablecloths. She taught me to do all these stitches except the one that creates the hole. I would love to know how that works. She also taught me to iron on the back to make sure the design is properly in relief on the front.

Granny's embroidery

Granny’s embroidery

 

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