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Car Boot Sale, Potting On and Today’s Poem

This morning we went off to the car-boot sale to see if we could find plants we are looking for – some Verbena Bonariensis and some Lupins. We found both. I am always on the hunt for fine bone china beakers and today I found a very pretty one for 50p! There is a little ivy leaf inside too.

New beaker

New beaker

I have spent all afternoon potting on some plug plants of Cosmos, all white ones as we love the look of white flowers in evening summer sunlight.

Potted on seedlings

Potted on seedlings

Today’s poem in my book, Poem of the Day, is one I learned by heart as a child and which has a special resonance for me.

Home Thoughts, from Abroad by Robert Browning

O, To be in England
Now that April ‘s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossom’d pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray’s edge—
That ‘s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower
—Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

 

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Humanist Wedding, Man on a Bike and Dessert

I loved my whole teaching career and when I retired I never dreamed that I would be so lucky to have this job of conducting special and unique Ceremonies for happy people! Today saw the Wedding Ceremony of a young Swedish couple and it was just lovely. They have promised to send me some photos  that I can put on here but I did just manage to snatch one as they walked up the aisle together afterwards. It was a new experience for me to have the vows repeated in Swedish.  All fifty  guests had come over from Sweden for the event.

After the Ceremony

After the Ceremony

2   As we were waiting for the Ceremony to begin, I noticed a biker on the cliffs, balancing his bike on a boulder and making an intriguing silhouette.

Biker on the Headland, Newquay

Biker on the Headland, Newquay

3   I saw a board outside a hotel in Falmouth the other day saying – “Did you know that stressed backwards is desserts?”  I decided that a dessert was on the cards today as the lovely Mr S has been battling a nasty virus for a week and I am struggling to beat it off so I decided that we both needed some quality comfort food. Rhubarb Butterscotch certainly fits that bill!  If the photos tempt you, the recipe can be found here. Click on any photo for the caption.

My heart goes out to all the people affected by the terrible earthquake in Nepal, such a beautiful country with beautiful and generous people. We bought a Shelterbox recently and I would be pleased to discover that our box is going out to help the people of Kathmandu.

 

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Baby Sweater, April Morning and Rain

Yesterday I was given a beautifully knitted sweater for KnitZTanzania, knitted by T, the lovely Mother of a very good friend. I am working on one myself and encouraging others to knit so that we can send off another bundle to stop babies in Tanzania dying of hypothermia. The pattern is on my Creative Projects page, takes only 50g of yarn and is very easy.

T's beautiful little baby sweater

T’s beautiful little baby sweater

 

 

2     April mornings are so beautiful with sunshine and showers, Spring blossoms and bird song. I love this poem!

Morning – Sara Teasdale 

I went out on an April morning
All alone, for my heart was high,
I was a child of the shining meadow,
I was a sister of the sky.

There in the windy flood of morning
Longing lifted its weight from me,
Lost as a sob in the midst of cheering,
Swept as a sea-bird out to sea.

3   And today we have showers! We haven’t had any rain for a long time and the garden really needs it. In this photo you can see two of the chimneys that I plant up, a  squat ridged creamy stone one and a tall elegant terracotta one. You can also see our beautiful Fledgling, the Malus just coming into flower with underneath Primroses  and some spikes of a lovely blue flower whose name escapes me. In the foreground are some of the beautiful white tulips I showed you recently.  On the left is the bird lighthouse where Blue Tits have been visiting but we don’t know if they have decided to nest there this year.

Our back garden in the rain

Our back garden in the rain

 

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Singing, Clematis and A Special Concert

It has been a day full of singing! First it was the Thursday session with The Suitcases which was brilliant as always and where we sang a couple of songs as possibles for the Wedding I am conducting on 20th July where the couple want a small choir to sing for them.  We will need 10/12 to volunteer. Here is a taste of Shoshone Love Song for you.

Thanks to Kenn for the recording.

Our Choir-Baby E was engrossed in her drawing today.

Choir baby E

Choir baby E

2   The Clematis on the front fence has been in bud for what seems like weeks and today, suddenly, there were lots of beautiful blooms.

Clematis flowering in the front garden

Clematis flowering in the front garden

3   This afternoon, The Ingleheart Singers, my other choir whom you may have listened to on Monday, did a concert at a local Care Home and it was an utter delight. We sang some Cornish songs which were much appreciated and several of the old people joined in,  all the words and the tunes coming back to them and obviously giving them great pleasure. We also have a war-time medley that we did for the Heligan event last summer and those too had people joining in. One old lady was laughing and singing along and clearly enjoying the concert. I was told later that she usually spends much of her day weeping but today we brought her laughter and some happiness.

Claire has a rest at Crossroads. Thanks to Richard Masters for the photo.

Claire Ingleheart, our esteemed leader, chatting to one of the residents in the break between sets.

 

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Earth Day 2015, Seeds Sprouting and Planning

Today is World Earth Day and a friend sent me a quiz to see which animal I might have been. Turns out I would have been a Wooly Mammoth!    “So unique, you’re technically extinct. But on the bright side, scientists hope to be able to clone you some day!”  Do try the quiz (click on the red link) and let me know in the comments which animal you are!
On a more serious note, Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth. Typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up litter, promoting recycling and conservation. It is also a day for reinforcing our call for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction.

To mark the day, I have spent the morning in the garden, tending our little bit of the Earth and admiring the blowsy tulips. I am delighted to  see my flower seeds sprouting. The strongest ones are the Cornflowers.

Sprouting flower seeds

Sprouting flower seeds

White tulips

White tulips

 

This afternoon, I have met a young couple to finalise their Wedding Ceremony which I am performing for them on Saturday. What a privilege it is to spend time with happy, loving people who are about to embark on the rest of their life together. Every one of these Ceremonies that I do is unique to the couple and as such, is especially moving and significant. This one will be in English and Swedish!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Early Bird

This Challenge required me to get up very early which I haven’t managed this week!   When on holiday however, I make a point of getting up for sunrise and this beauty was in Monument Valley in September 2011.

The Mittens in Monument Valley

The Mittens in Monument Valley

For others in this Challenge, click here

 

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Follow My Leader, Shadows and A Warning

1  Walking along the front from Gylly towards Pendennis, I spent a few moments watching four children playing.

Playing

Playing

2    There were Bluebells and Osteospermum flowering on the sides.

Bluebells and Shadows of osteospermum

Bluebells and Shadows of Osteospermum

 

3    This charming sign was on the back of a motorbike in the car-park.

Warning

Warning

 

 

 

 

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