Extraordinary spring

We had been planning a trip north. But on Friday morning, early, when Charlie should have been hitting the motorway early (I was going to meet him later in Glasgow, coming up by train) he suddenly realised, like an epiphany, that he just needed to be in Dorset, looking after his amazing greenhouse, filled with seedlings and cuttings, which couldn’t quite cope with a heatwave on their own. The weather forecast in Dorset was extraordinary. You cannot be in two places at once – a lesson that’s quite useful to remind ourselves of, from time to time, as we hurtle around trying to pack more than is humanly possible into our days. And so, instead of myself heading up to...

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The Broadwey & Upwey Spring Show

It was the weekend of the Broadwey & Upwey Spring show… the first spring show that Charlie has ever entered. I think he was up and about at 4 or 5ish on Saturday morning, getting ready such treats as this…. Or this beautiful Amaryllis, which was meant to be out in time for Christmas but did a late showing – just in time for the Broadwey Spring show.  I had a quick whizz around the garden that morning before we set off to set up Charlie’s entries.  It was a beautiful morning, so reminiscent of those incredible spring days in the fearful, fretful, frantic early weeks of Lockdown, two years ago to the week. 

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Spring song

The months are passing. I think that all the regular readers of the blog have grown a little accustomed to the fact that I don’t, or can’t, write quite as regularly as in days of old, and luckily no-one seems to mind.  Life has it’s business, for certain, but it’s not only that – there’s the need, sometimes, to say, the laptop is staying shut – I’ doing something else this evening, and tomorrow evening – the blog will wait.  I will miss looking back at the week-by-week process of my thoughts, in years to come, I think, but for now, think of this of a diary that has gone from being written weekly to less frequently. The narrative is...

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Intaglio Paperweights

Believe it or not paperweights were part of a showcase of international artistic innovation at The Great Exhibition of 1851. Paperweights were viewed as luxury items that satisfied the C19th taste for ornamentation, but were inexpensive to make. Letter writing was a popular activity at the time and paperweights became a fashionable and economical way to decorate a home while keeping papers...

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Pentreath & Hall Shop Assistant wanted.

9am to 6pm. Two days a week Friday and Saturday - £12.50/hour We’re looking for a friendly, self-motivated and responsible person to help with day-to-day operations of Pentreath & Hall shop and stock room. Our ideal candidate will be an experienced and hardworking salesperson, with focus and attention to detail.  Main responsibilities First & foremost to provide excellent customer service. To always keep shop, stock room and dispatch units organised and tidy. To operate the till & take sale transactions handling cash, credit/debit cards, daily cashing up. To learn about shop products & provide customers with comprehensive product information. To professionally and quickly deal with telephone and respond to email enquiries. Have an understanding and ability to work in line...

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