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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Summer's End....

...I've been meaning to post all of last week, but sometimes you just cant find your words and feel lost in what to write...But it feels like a 'New' beginning starting September. And I think i've finally found my words.
Like a fresh journal page , I see September like a new years day...Full of plans and full on ideas, re-freshed and a bit more Spring in my step. Its been an odd Summer really on the whole and Covid-19 on every ones minds. My August was filled with worry and that missing feeling when my daughter had to go into quarantine after a holiday in France with her father...
So I thought a Blog Catch up might calm me and remind me of the good things that happened during the Summer's end. 
I've spent time with my mother and in her garden after her cancer op (masks on), had a wonderful holiday week with my Stevie,  we've done lots of wonderful coastline walks in Cornwall, visited family and spent weekends exploring Dartmoor and Lustleigh with Stevie's parents. We've also been to...
 The Powderham Castle estate near Exeter...we saw wild roaming deer...had cuppa and a brownie at the garden nursery and farm shop.
 Lots of wonderful butterflies and bees during August while out on walks and in the garden...❁❀❁
 Cawsand, Cornwall walk to Ramehead...6 miles we walked...it was lovely the views along the coastline.
 Totnes, Devon...Lovely artisan markets and food festival. Flags flying everywhere!~ love bunting...
Gifts from the Garden...fennel flowers and Cosmos...❀❁❀
There was some really beautiful blue skies and sunbeams...But we've also had flash flooding in Devon during August and some very stormy weather.
Such a beautiful walk from Fowey around the coastal path...to hidden coves...sparkling turquoise seas.
Lots of wonderful apples from our two Apple trees in our Hill top garden.
Dartmoor pony...We had a picnic up on the Moors over bank holiday Monday.
There is a crisp, change in the air as we head towards Autumn.
 I love all the red berries and baby acorns growing...
 I'm wearing my woolly cardigan today despite the blue sky it feels cooler.
 Enjoying the last weeks of a fruitful garden...
Keep well and cosy my lovelies, good luck those dreading sending school children back during these worrying Covid months...And Thank you kindly for all the wonderful comments i received on my last post.
~❁❀❁~ Ive been creating lots of illustrations but I will show you more of that during September, hopefully.
  x    K a z z y    x



Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Summer Days...

Hello again, Has it really been a whole month since I last posted?...The days seem to zoom by don't they.
I have been helping my daughter with Home schooling work since the Lock down in March...But realised now its officially the Summer holidays!~ Yippee! No more dreaded Mathematics which was giving us both a headache. I think I've learnt quite a lot from my daughter these past months from helping her with home work.  But it is a huge relief that she will get a proper education come September again with the return of the School routine. My level of teaching is just not enough for her abilities. But I give myself a pat on the back for trying these past four months...She gets quite high levels of anxiety about falling behind. She's very clever and in top set but she has high expectations and she's a real hard worker.  But not so much when it comes to chores around the house!..."They're only young once",  my Mother always says...very true...
Strawberries and Proper Cornish and Devon  Farmers ones make my heart sing in the Summer time.
We've managed between work and home schooling to have a few more trips to Cornwall...
Beautiful River fowey walk and flags flying in Lostwithiel.  Sunflowers always cheer me...Their big beautiful heads looking towards the Summer Sun.
Rain drops on roses...Although the weather has been mainly good with blue skies and beautiful sun their has been the odd day her and there with rain clouds...good for the garden.
These beautiful Poppies were in the local Community Garden. So pretty!~ Pinky~ Purple tones.
Lovely to catch up with mum again and we gave each other a big hug...
I always love seeing my Mums garden through the seasons too...
Still been doing lots of making and creating...Actually I find I cannot just sit still and watch a film or t.v in the evenings or weekend ..I have to be actively creating something...So I paint a lot or draw, or craft when the rest of the family are sitting watching t.v.  Ive always been more of a radio person.
We had a trip to our local City of Plymouth a few weeks back. I so enjoyed looking at the book shops.
A treat to each other was a book each...Loved this 'The Forager's Calender' book.
And below Posy's from the Garden...Love having little posy's around the home...A little bloom of Summer in doors.
We also had a lovely trip to a Cornish city called Truro...Its a beautiful place and love the atmosphere and a wonder around the Art shop next to the Gallery/Museum...Also I needed a few new tops as during the lock down i'd really tried to 'make do and mend' most of my favourite tops I've had quite a few years.
 obviously, due to recent Covid-19 events its been a bit less touristy too so seems a lot more quiet for these Summer months...The Cathedral was almost completely empty...Cool inside too from the Summer heat.
Another little treat was these delightful Badger and Fox mugs from M&S...We've broken a lot of mugs lately. And why oh why is it always your most favourite ones!.
Is that an Elephant cloud ? hehe.
The skies have been heavenly and the views I could watch for hours from the hill top part of our cottage garden. We visited Wyevale garden centre too on our way back to Devon from Truro.
Lovely Farmer's market at Truro... And I got some beautiful Bee friendly varieties of lavender.
'A Summer Lane' watercolour ...By Miss Kazzy (Me!) Wreaths around the Sheepies necks...
I hope you're all having a Lovely Summer...
Thank you kindly for the sweet messages really much appreciate it.
x       k a z z y     x


Monday, 22 June 2020

Step by step...

Helloooo out there in Blog land...
Gradually over these last weeks since the lock down rules have relaxed slightly we've had a few day trips during the weekends to The Duchy Nursery, Cornwall and visited some much missed and much loved Cornish ,Coastal harbours and villages...Like Charlestown and Cawsands, Kingsands and along the Whitsands Bay. Still, trying to find less 'peopley' places and keeping to Social distancing guidelines.
We have noticed a few more people about...cars especially. Usually, Cornwall becomes a bee hive of visitors and holiday makers but it still seems quite eerily quiet...which at the moment I am thankful for as our Hospitals wouldn't be able to cope if there was a crisis during the busy season. Signs are being put up in local businesses in our little Market town ready for reopening come July...Some have already opened but with strict distancing and 'phone and collect' rules.  And I'm so looking forward to seeing our indoor and outdoor Markets open and how I've missed the Charity shops. I've done a lot of 'Make Do and Mend' over these last months.    The weather has been a real mix bag, we've had some quite stormy weather, thunderstorms, flash floods and then beautiful blue skies...The garden needed it...
My peaceful spot...
My favourite times are early evenings in the garden...With a cuppa.
The seedlings had a bit of a bug and slug issue but some are surviving the worst of it...fingers crossed.
The mixed salad has been really abundant this year... I grew the Tomatoes from seed and they are taking their time to grow.
All the delights of my Garden... Apples growing well...
In between the showers...
A trip to the Duchy Nurseries in Cornwall... We had a wonderful walk around the Allotment style Bee Garden which was opened last year...I came home with some treats for my garden.
The Allotment style 'Bee Garden'...with Shepherds huts, wild flowers, gardens and allotment.
Beautiful Place to explore and their nursery greenhouses and plants galore. 
I've also done some watercolours and pen and ink drawings this is just a few of what i've been up to...
Beautiful Summer flowers from the walled garden...
We had a wonderful walk around the woodland at Dartington Hall estate...But I hadn't realised a horse fly had bitten me several times...a few days after my leg swelled up! they are nasty!.
wonderful wicker deer sculptures in the woodland. We actually saw three real deer and a fawn.
Cawsands, Cornwall...and a walk towards Kingsands...
Cottage windows...
Pebbled part of the beach walk and the pretty Cornish cottage with floral wreath on the door, Kingsands.
That view!!!!....♥♥♥♥
Whitsands bay...its so beautiful...The Cornish Coast really takes my breath away...

I needed the Cornish Coast...A breath of fresh air as we step slowly and gently into a new week.
Take care... x    K a z z y    x