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Life is very hectic at the moment – in a good way. Various plans seem to be coming together but it is tough squeezing everything in – I feel like I’ve been chained to the laptop. Most things I’m writing are things I want to write about – so that helps. I’m working on various different projects and activities – some crafting projects and courses too. I’m hoping my plans are coming together and I’m remaining positive – carrying on with mindfulness, yoga and daily walking. This quote resonated with me – I’m keeping going…
‘One of the things I’ve learnt the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.’
Lucille Ball (1911-1989) – actress, comedienne and producer. She was the first woman to run a Hollywood Studio in 1962.
My birthday is in October and My Chap’s a week later – these follow quickly from our first wedding anniversary – so there’s been plenty of adventures and weekends away as well – he’s been running for the motor neurone disease association at half marathons too.
One of the things, I’ve been doing is taking photographs when it is sunny – here’s my vase from Monday. The weather has been sunny and warm most days; even when it’s overcast it’s still too warm for the time of year. It was 22 degrees on my birthday last week. This vase looks like one from August, not mid-October.
Flowers in my Vase
- pink edged pelargonium – Crimson Flame
- Salvia ‘Armistead’
- Red Salvia
- purple perennial wallflower – this bush has been flowering continuously since about March – it’s appeared in the IAVOM often too.
- fuchsia – it’s a hardy one, grows is about five foot high at the moment and flowering profusely – I think it’s magellania
The pelargonium and fuchsia have appeared in on the blog recently:
- In a vase on Monday – Fuchsias and five fabulous NW gardens – 22 August 2018
- Six on Saturday – our wedding, lavender and love – 29 September 2018
About the jug
I bought the jug in Cornwall on our first visit in 2014 – I love the glaze on this. It reminds me of the sea. It’s stoneware but I’ve got no idea who made it as there’s no makers mark. I bought it from a craft shop in St Ives – I wish I’d made a note of who the maker was.
One day I hope to make something similar with my pottery 🙂 but it’s a long way off at the moment… but like Life, my pottery is a work in progress.
As usual, I am joining in with Cathy from www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com. The idea is to collect flowers, foliage, seed pods – whatever from around your garden or locality every Monday and place in a ‘vase’. The vases used by the bloggers from around the world are very inventive – though jugs often appear. Do have a look at the latest offerings, you’ll see some beautiful flowers from around the world.
Thoughts of Cornwall
We both love being by the sea – any time of year, anywhere – sandy beaches, rocky, craggy or on the cliffs – it doesn’t matter. Any weather conditions too – it’s all about the quality of your coat, shoes and your gloves etc 😉
We’ve been thinking ahead to next year and holidays – we both want to go back to Cornwall. My Chap has been many times over the years – I’d not been back since I was a child in the 1970s. We went for a long weekend in September 2014 – it’s a long way from Manchester but worth every mile on the car park that is the M5. It’s such a beautiful part of the world – and there’s still so much to see. It’s also a place where time seems slower… especially if you’re out of the main holiday season. We hope to go in April/May 2019.
I need to visit St Ives again to go to the Tate 🙂 and sit on the beachs – the sea is aqua 🙂 and look at that sky.
We stayed in Charlestown in May 2015 and out in the country near the Lost Gardens of Heligan in May 2016.
For those of you that don’t know – Charlestown is one of the locations for Pordark. It’s a lovely little village with many 18th/19th cottages. I love the harbourmaster’s Hut – you can hire it out for the day – it’s very well appointed inside.
We’ve got good friends who live in Padstow – and I’m sure My Chap will try and find a local run to raise some awareness for Motor Neurone Disease Association.
One of my favourite towns in East Cornwall is Mevagissey. We had a suburb meal at a Portuguese restaurant on the Quayside.
The great gardens of Cornwall
There are many glorious gardens to visit too including:
- Bonython www.bonythonmanor.co.uk/
- Caerhays Castle and Garden – www.caerhays.co.uk/
We visited in May 2015 – absolutely stunning rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias in woodland walks – many were planted in the 1870s when the owner came back from plant trips to China. The castle has the National Collection of Magnolias and some of them are huge.
- Eden Project – www.edenproject.com/
we’ve been twice in September 2014 and May 2015 – I could write so much about the Eden Project – it’s educational, fun and in an incredible setting. We managed to get up to the top of the tropical biome the second time we went as it was a misty day – it had been 42 degrees the first time we went.
- Lamorran – www.lamorrangardens.co.uk/
We visited May 2015 – a garden on a very steep hill with stunning views over St Mawes Bay and a very large collection of tropical palms and plants. I loved the way they’d built pergolas and ‘ruins’ for the aspect/drawing your eye – and it just goes to show what you can do on a very steep site if you’ve got deep pockets.
- Lost Gardens of Heligan – www.heligan.com/
We visited twice in May 2015 and 2016 – words cannot describe what a beautiful place it is.
- Trebah www.trebahgarden.co.uk/
- Tremenheere Sculpture Garden www.tremenheere.co.uk/
- Tregothnan www.tregothnan.co.uk
- Tresco Abbey – Tresco, Scilly Islands www.tresco.co.uk/enjoying/abbey-garden
- Trewithen Garden www.trewithengardens.co.uk/
National Trust in Cornwall
There’s plenty going on at the National Trust places in Cornwall this autumn and here are the gardens they recommend:
For the gardeners – have you got plants flowering that really should have stopped by now?
Have you been to Cornwall? what’s your favourite place? or would you like to go?
Love Bec xxx xxx