Truro, Kindness and Skype

1   Truro was lovely on this rather warm December day (11C/50F). We did some shopping, had hot chocolates at Oscar’s, visited the Cathedral and brought pasties home for lunch. Click on any photo for the caption and detail.

2   Arriving home, I discovered one of our lovely friends had called in to bring Christmas wishes as we had had to miss their Winter Solstice party and G also brought me a super collection of DVDs for my recovery time after my operation on 29th December. Such love and kindness are much appreciated. 3    This afternoon, after waving goodbye to four of our family, L and Grand-baby B Skyped and that was just a delight, listening to so many new words. This age of language learning is such magic.


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Chocolate Croissants, Wet Suits and An Angel

1   Early morning baking today to make Chocolate Croissants for everyone for breakfast to celebrate Winter Solstice and the turn of the year. Roll on lighter days!

2   The Grandchildren love their wet suits which we keep here ready for their visits and wouldn’t take them off despite the fact that our trip this morning was to the supermarket rather than the beach!

Off to the shops

Off to the shops

Happiness is quirky Grandkids!

3   These are my newest angels to add to my collection. For those who haven’t been following long, I collect one or two on every holiday. It is surprising how easy they are to buy whatever the season. I bought these in Volcano on Hawai’i Big Island this Autumn.

PS  Sorry John  Zande , that there’s no recipe yet. The lovely Mr S is immobilised with a knee problem and time is at a premium. I will get the recipe up as soon as I can. :)



Posting, Baking and A Message

1   KJ and  her two children have come down for a couple of days before Christmas. What a joy!   They came out for a walk to help me post cards for our neighbours.

2    Then they made mince pies which are truly scrumptious!


3  And now,  just a bit of friendly advice!

Until further notice, celebrate everything





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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.



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!


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


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