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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

Dear Rita,

I am happy that we are friends, too :-)

I always look forward to your arrival at my monthly virtual parties.
You are an appreciative participant at these events and always leave a lovely comment for me.

Once again, please send my birthday greetings and wishes to all the August birthday boys and girls in your family and among your friends - your brother, his wife and both of your sisters as well as your eldest son who is celebrating his wedding anniversary in August, too. And, of course, to all your friends who have August birthdays.

I forgot in my last comment to wish your eldest son and his wife happy anniversary. So, here, I would like to wish both of them "A Very Happy Wedding Anniversary. May both of them be blessed with marital bliss, lots of happiness, joy and laughter, always."

To all the birthday boys and girls and wedding anniversary couple, thank you for being at this virtual party and I toast to your good health and happiness. Cheers.

Thank you, Rita for your continued support and solving of my puzzles.

Smiles of Having a Wonderful and Supportive Friend,
Jason :-)

I always feel so welcome at the birthday parties you have. You are so creative and talented and such a kind and generous person. so glad we are friends. Rita

jasonchung2

Hello Rita,

How marvellous and kind of you to bring all the birthday boys and girls in your family along with friends who are celebrating their birthdays in August. This really makes me happy to draw and create monthly birthday puzzles :-)

Glad that all of you enjoyed the Magic Carpet ride to an English small harbour village and got a bird's eyeview of the surrounding countryside before landing at the luxury cottage that has been selected as the venue for this virtual party. Delighted to know that your whole family loves the sea.

No worries about being late, as no one is ever late for a virtual party. It will always be here for everyone's enjoyment and the food is always freshly prepared and there is always enough for all to share.

Ah, the birthday cake is pretty and yummy, too. Just go for it. Second helpings are always welcome.

Glad that you are looking forward to the tours as they are interesting. And, yes, you must try the Cornish dishes. They are delicious.

Rita, we all love having you at my virtual parties. John sends his bear hugs to you.

Now, let me wish everyone in your family and your friends " A Very Happy Birthday.
May all of you be richly blessed in all things good and wonderful."
Cheers :-)

Smiles of Seeing So Many Birthday Boys and Girls,
Jason and John :-))

Jason, I'm late to the party but August is a busy month for me. August birthdays in my family include: my brother, his wife, both my sisters, my oldest son, who also has a wedding anniversary this month and a few good friends.Thanks for sending the family size magic carpet! we are all glad to be here at Mousehole in the UK. My whole family loves the sea shore and we are making quite a dent in the birthday cake.
I'm looking forward to the tours and the meals but excited to see all my Jigidi friends and especially you and John.Party on! Love, Rita

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jasonchung2

Dear Marjory,

I am pleased to meet you :-)
Welcome to my puzzle page.

It is wonderful to hear that you visited Cornwall regularly in the past during the month of August and that this virtual party has brought back lovely memories of Mousehole for you.

Yes, Mousehole is a lovely harbour village to visit and the food there is tasty and fresh.

Thank you for solving my puzzle.

Have a wonderful August.

Smiles of Having Beautiful Memories,
Jason :-)

Thank you for the puzzle and, for me, lovely memories of Mousehole. I used to holiday in Cornwall in August and would visit Mousehole regularly. I can picture the houses, the fishing boats at the small harbour and the food!

jasonchung2

You are most welcome, Ennis :-)

Thank you for solving my puzzle.

Smiles for a Regular Puzzle Solver,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Thank you for the compliment, MomCat :-)

I am glad that you like this party.

Smiles of Friendship,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Glad that you are enjoying the party, the food and the many friends who have gathered here, Donna :-)

Happy Wedding Anniverary to you and your hubby and many more to come - all of them with blessings of Joy and Happiness, along with Good Health.

Smiles for a Wedding Anniversary Couple,
Jason :-)

ennis

thank you

MomCat2000

Thanks! You throw great parties!

jasonchung2

Thank you for the compliment and for solving my August virtual party puzzle, Alena :-)

No worries. You can always enjoy yourself wherever you are. Life is good.

Smiles for a Lovely Friend,
Jason :-)

alkas2

Jason, a beautiful picture, has clean and bright colors. I'm not coming to Mousehole, excuse me. 🌟🍀🌟 Alena

jasonchung2

Hi Bubbeknitz,

Welcome to the August virtual party that I am hosting in Mousehole, Cornwall :-)

I am always happy to hear that friends are having great fun.

May you have a wonderful August.

Smiles and Virtual Hugs for an Appreciative Friend,
Jason :-)

Great fun! Thank you. Sending you a virtual hug!

jasonchung2

Thank you, Minibank for your smiles :-)

I see that you are enjoying yourself at this virtual party.
Very relaxed and happy.

Smiles for a Regular Virtual Party Going Friend,
Jason.

Minibank

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