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"Summer
The seasons between spring and autumn,
comprising in the Northern Hemisphere
the warmest months of the year:
June, July and August.
The period of finest development, perfection,
or beauty previous to any decline;
the summer of life."

- Cecelia Ahern


Dear Friends, Jigidiers and Guests,

The Magic Carpet has flown all of you to the August virtual party which is being held at Mousehole ( pronounced as ‘mausel’) in Cornwall, United Kingdom.

Mousehole is a quaint Cornish village and fishing port situated in south west Cornwall. This village has a walled stone harbour. It has traditional Cornish architecture of granite façades and slate roof cottages and cobbled narrow lanes.

We will be staying at one of the luxury cottages and shall watch the first light of dawn as it shines on the cottages along the waterfront, overlooking the picturesque harbour of Mousehole.

This harbour village has good places to eat, drink, shop and enjoy some art in the galleries.

The beautiful harbour is famous for the Mousehole Cat - "The Mousehole Cat is a children's book written by Antonia Barber and illustrated by Nicola Bayley. Based on the legend of Cornish fisherman Tom Bawcock and the stargazy pie, it tells the tale of a cat who goes with its owner on a fishing expedition in rough and stormy seas. The book has won awards, including the 1998 British Book Award for Illustrated Children's Book of the Month. It has since been adapted into a 2015 animated film, a puppet show and is being adapted as a stage musical."

One very stormy winter, none of the fishermen of the village of Mousehole in Cornwall have been able to leave the harbour for a long while and the village is near starvation. Tom Bawcock (only called 'Tom' in the book) and his loyal black and white cat, Mowzer, decide to brave the storms and set sail to catch some fish. When the boat hits the storm, it is represented by a giant "Storm-Cat", which allows Mowzer to eventually save the day by soothing the storm with her purring. This purring becomes a song and while the Storm-Cat is resting Tom is able to haul in his catch and return to harbour. When they arrive back at the village, the entire catch is cooked into various dishes, including half a hundred "star-gazy" pies, on which the villagers feast." (quote is taken from Wikipedia).

I know that Petey, Pal and Kit Cat, my three dear furry friends will be joining us at this party with their mums, Webpeggy and her mum, and I know that these boys, who are regular guests at my virtual parties, will be fascinated with a place named Mousehole, a children's book entitled Mousehole Cat and that they cannot wait to lay their eyes on the famous Stargazy Pie.

There are many interesting places to visit and things to do at and around Mousehole. But, as I may be featuring some of them in future virtual parties, I will not mention them here. At this virtual party, we will spend our time at Mousehole.

We can explore this old Cornish fishing village with its colour-washed pretty granite houses and walk along its narrow cobbled lanes.

The galleries and craft shops sell beautiful arts and crafts, including works from local artists. It is great to look around and buy some unusual presents or souvenirs. The lovely village of Mousehole spreads out from the harbour and much of it is along the harbour edge and extending to a few narrow streets back. Mousehole is definitely a lovely and easy place to explore.

Mousehole small harbour has lots of fishing boats. We can walk around the harbour wall and take in the stunning views of Mount's Bay, St Michael’s Mount Marazion Cornwall and St Clement's Isle which is a small rocky island.

We can visit the small sandy beach by the harbour as well as a pebble and stone beach on the other side of the village.

We can also take a boat trip.

It is my pleasure to announce that we have a birthday girl (Webpeggy) and couple (Donna and her hubby) who will be celebrating their 49th wedding anniversay at this August virtual party :

Webpeggy's furry pals have decided to sing the birthday song for this occasion and they have now taken over centre stage as the birthday and wedding anniversary cakes are being brought into the room. Pal, Petey and Kit Cat have beautiful voices that harmonise so well together as they move to the beat and rhythm of the music. They have added so much joy and life to this party. Thank you, my trusted friends.

Let us raise our glass of champagne to wish Webpeggy and all the birthday boys and girls a Very Happy Birthday filled with Joy, Happiness and Good Health and we shall also toast to Donna and her hubby and all wedding anniversay couple to wish them A Happy Marriage filled with Bliss and Love.

The feast for this August virtual party will be Cornish Delights and we will be enjoying them at an amazing place where we can eat and enjoy exceptional views of the fishing harbour.

The Virtual Chef has prepared many Cornish dishes (as well as other popular dishes that may not be of Cornish origin) for us to enjoy.

So let us start. Oh, I see my three furry friends heading towards the table. Come, folks, let us join them.

There is a Salad Bar - with Garden Salad, Superfood Salad, Crab Salad, etc.

I see on the main table, a spread of yummy food - one of them really stands out and our furry friends are heading straight for it as they find this dish to be fascinating. And that is - Stargazy Pie. This is Cornwall's most famous dish and it orginates in Mousehole in the 16th century. We find pilchards' heads poking out of the pie crust (to make them look like they are gazing at the stars). This Savoury Cornish Pie has Hard-boiled Eggs, Potatoes, Bacon, Mustard-Flavoured Custard and Whole Cornish Sardines (Pilchards) poking their heads through the top crust.

Some of the other dishes on the table are :

- Vegetable Soup

- Seafood Soup

- Sandwiches filled with Newlyn Crab meat.

- An assortment of Freshly Made Sandwiches with various kinds of fillings.

- Cornish Pasty - Shaped as a half moon, this crispy and juicy pastry is filled with Diced Beef, Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Herbs and Seasonings. Its crust is crimped on one side.

- Fish and Chips

- Grilled Fish

- Cornish Hevva Cake (Heavy Cake). This Unleavened Cake is made of Lard, Butter, Flour, Sugar, Milk and Raisins with a criss-cross pattern resembling a fishing net on top of the cake. Enjoy it with a Cup of Hot Tea.

- Saffron Cake - This Cake has a rich, spicy taste and is made with Bread Dough, Saffron, Assorted Fruit and Spices, Sugar and Butter. It is served sliced with Clotted Cream on the side.

- Cornish Fairings. This is a traditional biscuit of Cornwall. It is like ginger nut but more buttery.


At tea time, we will be enjoying :

- Cornish Cream Tea.

We will be having the Cream Tea at a Seaside Café. Plain Scones, Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream will be served with a Pot of Tea.


Dinner will be homecooked delicious Cornish fare.

Next morning, Our Virtual Chef has arranged for a visit to a Farmer's Market. After which he will organise a Cooking Demonstration of some famous Cornish dishes for us to watch and learn, and of course, to sample his culinary skills. John and I have already signed up for this and hope that all of you will join this educational and fun event.

On the last day of our virtual vacation at Mousehole, John and I will present each of you, our dear friends, with a gift package comprising of :

- T Shirt with prints of Mousehole Cottages and Harbour.

- Miniature paintings of Mousehole.

- Mousehole Jigsaw Puzzle.

- Cornish Sea Salt - A prized Natural Salt originating from Cornwall that contains serpentine and gabbro, minerals that are rich in magnesium and calcium. The flavour of Cornish Sea Salt is smooth.

And for my furry friends (Pal, Petey and Kit Cat), each of them be presented with a carnip toy in the shape of a Stargazy Pie.

The Magic Carpet will then fly you all safely home.

I hope that you all have enjoyed this August Virtual Party at Mousehole and I hope to see all of you again at the next virtual party that I will host on 1 September.

Do drop by and solve my puzzle, as we celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and all happy occasions at my monthly puzzles which I will post on the first of every month.

Cheerio
Jason :-)


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jasonchung2

Welcome Irena to this August Virtual Party :-)

I am glad that you came. Yes, there are many friends gathered at this party.

So happy that you are having a good time here.

John sends you his bear hugs and good wishes.

Enjoy your weekend.

Smiles for a Regular Virtual Party Friend,
Jason and John :-))

irmachac

Jason, thank you for another invitation to the big party ☺ I can't wait to get back to making great friends from Jigidi. Great offer again.
Greetings to John. Have a nice rest of the weekend ☼
Regards Irena.

jasonchung2

Hello Suzy,

Welcome to my August virtual party :-)

Thank you so much for your awesome compliment. It is such a lovely one.
And, yes, my day will be a wonderful one because you have given me the reason to continue with organising virtual parties for everyone who would like to attend.

Just enjoy yourself at Mousehole. It is quite a delightful place and you can try out their local dishes. Yummy.

I would like to toast to your Good Health and Happiness.
May all your days be wonderful ones.

Smiles for a Wonderful Friend,
Jason :-)

pumpkinhead

When one considers all of the effort you put into creating your virtual parties, Jason, it just becomes mind boggling. You leave nothing out. You tease us with vistas, describe our quarters, provide us with a list of Things to Do, feed us, set up toasts for all to partake of, and even present us with gifts!!! You are amazing!!!
For all of that, and most importantly, for just being you....thank you.
May your day be a wonderful one!
Suzy

jasonchung2

Thank you, Marina for the lovely compliment and for solving my puzzle :-)

I am delighted that you like this puzzle - its colours and drawings and that this puzzle has evoked the image of Summer for you.

Stay safe and well and may everything goes well for you, Marina.

Smiles of a Delightful Summer,
Jason :-)

MarinaNephele

Delightful puzzle with loads of summer colours, flowers and love. Best wishes for everything you do. Stay safe. Marina.

jasonchung2

:-))

redina1

Clive, the smile just got bigger. Thank you, my friend. :))))

redina1

Thank you so much Jason. You always make me smile! :))

CJ45

Robin I think Jason has said it all, so may I also wish your hubby Happy Birthday.

jasonchung2

Hello Robin,

Happy 72nd Birthday to your hubby who will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow. May his special day of the year be an enjoyable one that is filled with Love, Laughter and Joy. And, may he be blessed with Good Health and Happiness, always :-)

Happy 38th Wedding Anniversary to both of you who will be celebrating this special occasion on 18th August. May both of you enjoy a Loving, Blissful and Happy Marriage for many, many years.

I am delighted to have friends and wedding couples, like you, who dropped by and let me know that this is the special month of the year for them or their loved ones and a month that calls for a joyful celebration. It makes a virtual party more satisfying and meaningful. Thank you, Robin.

Thank you for liking the Summer quote that accompanies this puzzle and thank you, too, for the compliment on this puzzle.

I would like to toast to your and your hubby's Good Health and Happiness. Cheers.

Oh, yes, it is wonderful to spend Summer in Mousehole - a small place that it easy to get around.

Cornish Pastry is delicious. There are Salads, Vegetable Soup, Summer Fruits and Homemade Ice Cream too. Plus, you can always request for your favourite dishes to be prepared by the Virtual Chef. That guy just can't wait to please our friends and guests.

Smiles for a Birthday Boy and a Wedding Anniversary Couple,
plus hugs from
Jason and John :-))

redina1

My husband's 72nd birthday is tomorrow and our 38th anniversary is the 18th. I love England and it sounds like the perfect place to celebrate. I don't like seafood, but the Cornish Pasty sound delicious. Happy birthday and anniversary to all the August people. Thanks for the pretty puzzle and perfect description of summer. Hugs to you and John. :)))

jasonchung2

You are most welcome, Patti :-)

You are always welcome to join in the spirit and fun of my virtual parties. There are many wonderful friends here.

Thank you for coming and for solving the puzzle.

Smiles of having fun at Virtual Parties,
Jason :-)

PLG1958

Thank you Jason! Your parties are always amazing!

jasonchung2

Dear Iris,

A warm welcome to this August virtual party that I am hosting in Mousehole, Cornwall :-)

You are a regular at these virtual parties and you always breathe life into them.

For John and I, it is good to be in England, too - a place where both of us have spent quite some time (in the past). London is nice, but both of us prefer the countryside and there are really so many lovely places that it is impossible to visit all of them in just 2 months.

The Fish and Chips are great as the fish has been freshly caught.

Yes, you must try the Stargazy Pie. It is an unique Mousehole pie.

You are most welcome to the package gift. John and I hope that you will enjoy the items that we have selected and that they will bring back good memories of Mousehole and your August vacation there.

Smiles of Joy,
Jason and John :-))

jasonchung2

Sparky, you are always such an appreciative friend who writes lovely comments at my virtual parties. Thank you :-)

I am happy that you attend this party and that you are enjoying yourself.

Cornwall is a delighful place to visit, but for this party, I am featuring only Mousehole, leaving the other places for the future.

Thank you for your love for this puzzle.

May God bless you and your family and keep all of you safe and well.

Smiles of Gratitude,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Dear Donna,

Happy 49th Wedding Anniversary to you and to your hubby :-)
May both of you have a great time together for many, many more years
and that these time be filled with Happiness and Joy along with Good Health.

Glad to hear that you are enjoying the Crab Salad. It is freshly prepared by the Virtual Chef and the meat of the Newlyn Crab is delicious. Oh, you must have a piece of Cornish Pastry and the Cornish Cream Tea before leaving Mousehole.

Hope that you and your hubby will enjoy the boat ride, too.

Smiles of Enjoying Yummy Cornish Food,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Hello John,

It is great to know that you will be joining us at this virtual party :-)

I am sure that you will enjoy yourself. Mousehole is an interesting little place, the Cornish food is delicious and we have many wonderful friends at this party.

Smiles of Welcome,
Jason and John :-))

jasonchung2

Hi Clive,

Thank you for the write up on Cornish Pastries. Yes, I know that, in the old days, Cornish wives prepared these for their husbands and that the thick pastry will keep the ingredients warm. But, I have not thought about the danger of eating in tin mines - just know about the inconvenience but forgot about the poisoning. Those guys certainly have loving, smart and knowledgeable wives who value their husbands' life and wellness.

I like Cornish Pastry and will now go for another piece.

Smiles of Enjoying Cornish Pastries,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Thank you, Pat for attending my August virtual party :-)

I am pleased that you are enjoying the party and that you like the puzzle, too.

I toast to your Good Health and Happiness.

Smiles of Appreciation,
Jason :-)

irisriver

Oh it is good to be in England again. London is where my real England visit was. Cornwall is a delight. I shall be enjoying fish and chips and will try the Stargazzy pie. Have never tried a sardine. Thank you for the lovely gift package. grins!☺

brightspark

Dearest Jason- what a treat you have in store for us ☺☺☺☺ Cornwall sounds delightful and I love your Kitty Cat Tales ♥♥♥ thanks for making the start of this month such a fun one. You could definitely write a book with your skills and talent ☼ and I loved this puzzle too. God Bless, Stay Safe and keep Happy ♥♥♥♥♥♥

oldandancient

Thanks, Jason. The crab salad sounds heavenly. The pasties have got to be delicious. They make them in Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. The crust holds potatoes and who knows what else but are sooooo good. What a party. You always out-do yourself.

carpej

Thanks Jason, I shall be there to enjoy the festivities.
John
PS The Best to you and John.

CJ45

Jason tin not lead forgive me.

CJ45

The wives of Cornish tin miners would lovingly prepare these all-in-one meals to provide sustenance for their spouses during their gruelling days down the dark, damp mines, working at such depths it wasn’t possible for them to surface at lunchtime. A typical pasty is simply a filling of choice sealed within a circle of pastry, one edge crimped into a thick crust . A good pasty could survive being dropped down a mine shaft! The crust served as a means of holding the pasty with dirty hands without contaminating the meal. Arsenic commonly accompanies tin within the ore that they were mining so, to avoid arsenic poisoning in particular, it was an essential part of the pasty.

CJ45

Jason and John, I forgot to say do not forget the Cornish Pasties world famous and made by women folk for their men folk who many years ago worked in the lead mines.
So the pasties were eaten holding the hard outside crust which was designed to be throw away thus stopping lead posioning.

pkin38

Beautiful puzzle and great virtual party ..

jasonchung2

Welcome, Francine to this August Virtual Party :-)

Thank you for liking my puzzle.
I can only draw simple things :-0
And, I am appreciative of your kind comment.

Smiles for a Sweet Friend,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Sending you virtual hugs, Minibank and lots of them, too :-)

Cornish food - ah, you must try them. They are tasty.

Smiles of Enjoying Cornish Fare,
Jason :-)

bookish

Thanks, Jason; ... and may yours be also.
I love your tiles. :)

Minibank

E-hugs to you dear, having fun already, good food to

jasonchung2

Oh, Minibank, you know how to relax and enjoy yourself :-)
That is very good and healthy.

Wow, a Mojito - such a wonderful cocktail for summer.
It has an interesting flavour - sweet, citrus and minty.

Smiles for a Friend who knows how to enjoy herself,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Dear Marion,

It is wonderful to see you at this virtual party :-)

Thank you for taking the time to join us even though you are very busy.

A moment of relaxation can do wonders and it is very important to relax and enjoy yourself, whenever you can.

Wishing you a lovely August with good memories.

Smiles for a Friend who has dropped by,
Jason :-)

Minibank

Thank you so much Jason, i will help my self and start with a mojito,

marionugchelen

funny puzzle Jason,, only time for a short one.. to busy at the moment but time to relax is also important ofcourse♣wishing you good times♣♣ gr. marion

jasonchung2

Hello Clive,

John and I will be happy to see you at this August virtual party :-)

Hope that the drive will be a pleasant one for you. A safe one, too.

Thank you for solving my puzzle.

Smiles for a Dear Friend and Regular Puzzle Solver,
Jason and John :-))

CJ45

Hi Jason and John, no need for the magic carpet as it is only a 5 hour 30 minute car drive for me, have not been to Mousehole for a very long time so will be nice to visit.
Enjoyed the puzzle as usual.
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jasonchung2

Wow, Minibank, you are the first to arrive at this party :-)
I like early arrivals.

A warm welcome, my dear friend.

Help yourself to some drinks and food. The party is going to start very soon.

Smiling at the Speed of a Magic Carpet,
Jason :-)

Minibank

Oh yes, just Pick me Up, thank you so much, happy holiday to all

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