Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Road To Trewoon

Friend's House - Moira Blackburn

The road to a friend's house is never long is. How true. I modified Moira's chart to personalise it to my home Trewoon.

We are welcoming some visitors today to The Chocolate Box. Arrivals to our cottages are normally on a Friday but they have been delayed. 

This morning I have been up preparing the welcome tray for the cottage and tweaking the Christmas decorations. 

The Chocolate Box

The Chocolate Box

The Chocolate Box

The Chocolate Box

The cottage was cleaned on Friday when the last visitors left but I like the linen to be put on the day of arrival. 

The Chocolate Box

The view from the french doors in the lounge is so pretty even on a grey day. Can you see Poppy waiting outside for me.

The Chocolate Box

It's the time of year for getting your glad rags out. A few months ago I made this evening bag.

I had a look at some tutorials on the internet, bought the frame and feather trim from ebay and had a play around. I used an old silk blouse from my scrap stash to line the bag.

It's surprising what you can make for a few pounds.

Margaret has asked what is Bubble and Squeak. It is a stir-up of cooked potatoes and left over vegetables and the name refers to the sounds that the greens make as it cooks.

You could make bubble and squeak on Boxing Day to use up your left over vegetables from Christmas Lunch. It will be scrumptious with your cold meats.

Each family will have their own version but most recipes would be for equal quantities of cooked potatoes to shredded cabbage though it will depend on what you have to hand. 

Mash the left over potatoes and shred left over vegetables and mix them with the potato. 

Melt some butter in a frying pan (preferably non-stick). Add the mixture and press down and smooth flat or make into little patties as above, leave to fry over  a moderate heat until a crust has formed. Turn over and cook the underside. 

You could add chopped bacon and some herbs for some extra flavor. My family likes to have lashings of tomato ketchup.

Ray was feeling up to a short walk on Saturday so we wandered over to the other side of the cove. This is where Marconi transmitted the first message across the Atlantic and there is a memorial to mark the achievement. It stands tall and proud facing out to sea. 

Marconi Memorial Poldhu Cove Mullion

It's amazing that the telecommunication industry started here. There is a museum and radio club. Hundreds of people each year come from all over the world to this small spot. It's well worth a visit, although the museum is small it is full of interesting and interactive displays.

Marconi Museum Poldhu Cove Mullion

In it's hey day in the early 1900's it looked like this.

Blue and Poppy had great fun in the Marconi field and ran and ran. It was very windy up there.

This time next week it will be Christmas. This year it is my youngest sister's turn to host the family and we will be travelling to Wales after lunch with our son in Cornwall. It has been strange not having to plan and shop for  Christmas food. Last year it was my turn and we had fifteen family members for an extended Christmas visit.

I think that what I enjoy most about Christmas is being with my family.

Warm Wishes from Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore Nicola xxx