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Feather, Seed head and Red

1.  Walking up from town, I noticed a pretty feather caught in the moss in the wall.

Feather

Feather

2.  Some purple daisies on the way have lovely soft seed heads.

 

Purple daisy

Purple daisy

Seed head

Seed head

3.  A  neighbour’s fence is covered in Virginia Creeper which is turning colour with the season. There is an Autumny smell in the air today.

Splendid scarlet

Splendid scarlet

We’re off to see Andy Fairweather Lowe in St Ives tonight – should be fun!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Beauty, nature, photography, Postaday 2014

 

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Kaffir Lilies, Humour and Dovecot (and The Recipe)

1   The Kaffir Lilies are in full bloom and quite lovely.

Kaffir Lilies

Kaffir Lilies

2   Our Choir baby E has a lovely sense of humour!

Choir-baby E

Choir-baby E

3   I have driven past an antique shop in Penryn week after week and longed for a beautiful old Dovecot which he puts outside every day. Today I noticed that the owner is having a half price sale as he is retiring and I just couldn’t drive past!  Dear readers, I bought it!

Isn't it beautiful?

Isn’t it beautiful?

I have posted the recipe for last night’s supper of Quick Mixed Fish Chowder. Do comment if you try it. I’d love to know if you like my version! Click on the red link.http://mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com/recipes-savoury/quick-fish-chowder/

 

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Butterfly, Fallen Fuchsia and Simple Chowder Supper

1   I followed this butterfly around the garden until it settled on the Kaffir Lily.

Small White Butterfly

Small White Butterfly

2   The Fuchsia is smothered in flowers but today’s very strong wind is blowing them off.

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

3    Tonight I made a very quick version of a Chowder, very loosely based on a Nigel Slater recipe, much more based on the ingredients I had to hand! Recipe to follow if anyone is interested. It only took about 20 minutes!

Mixed Fish Chowder

Mixed Fish Chowder

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Beauty, Food, nature, photography, Postaday 2014

 

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Day Out in Barcelona – Now with Photos

What a wonderful day we have had today! Into Barcelona on the train and down La Rambla with all the crowds and such a buzz! We went into another amazing market,  Mercat de Sant Josep, where the displays of fruit were so beautiful, each fig wrapped in a leaf before being put on display, small bunches of cherries likewise and Star fruit and Papaya displayed cut in half and looking irresistible. Click on any photo for a larger picture.

We discovered a Miro mosaic on the pavement, a dragon in the air and parrots in the palm trees in Placa Reial – magic. We had delicious tapas for lunch in the same square and then wandered the alleys of the old town coming across very talented buskers giving much pleasure to so many passersby.

Our next treat for the senses was Palau de la Musica Catalana, the only concert hall in Europe lit by natural light and completed in 1908. The stained glass dome of the sun surrounded by singers is breathtakingly beautiful, the mosaics fabulous and a worthy Catalan celebration of musicians of all types and from all over the world. We were treated to a short organ recital while we sat in the gallery surrounded by beauty. Look for the photos to be posted when we return home. WordPress for iPad won’t let me post pictures but now I’m home and can show you a bit of the beauty of Barcelona.

and two more shots of Barcelona.

Wet alley

Wet alley

Fountain at Placa Catalunya

Fountain at Placa Catalunya

 

 

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Dinosaur Delight, Happiness and Meeting

1   The Dinosaur cakes (see yesterday) arrived before the Grandkids went to school and the photos KJ sent show their complete delight! We posted the cakes in Redruth, Cornwall yesterday at 3.15pm and they arrived in London before 8.30 this morning and were completely undamaged with the icing still intact!   Now that is brilliant service!

2   This little homily about happiness came my way and I like it.

Happiness

Happiness

3   It was good to see so many at tonight’s meeting about the possible closure of St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle which will be my preferred place of treatment if I do have to have a hip replacement in the next few months. Our Labour Parliamentary candidate, Michael Foster, had called the meeting and together we came up with lots of ideas for how to make our very strong feelings known to the people who will make the decision early next year.

 
 

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Canovelles Sunday Market in Pictures

We spent the morning at the best market I have ever seen, in Canovelles – fabulous range of goods, huge numbers of shoppers and delightful smells from all sort of stalls all squeezed  into the streets between the buildings and going on for street after street. Click on any photo for an enlargement.

 

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Autumn Colour, Dinosaur Cakes and Singing

1    The Tibuchina Urvilleana has buds already though a couple of the leaves have a very Autumnal hue.

Autumnal colour

Autumnal colour

2   The Grandbabies in London have had a sad day as has their Mum as the beautiful old cat that KJ has had since a tiny kitten has died. I made Dinosaur cakes, decorated them and boxed them up  and posted them for next day delivery in the hope that the children will be a little cheered by them. I was so keen to get them sent off that I forgot to photograph them in all their decorated glory!

3D Dinosaur cakes

3D Dinosaur cakes

3   After the longest break for the summer it was Singing again tonight and it was just brilliant. Claire has found some more pieces with brilliant harmonies and they are already sounding beautiful – Plovo Barko, a Croatian folk song and Hard Times Come Again No More from 1854.

 

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