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Kindness, V W Beetle and A Farewell

Yesterday was World Kindness Day. Every day should be kindness day! This is a reminder for each of us to be kind to ourselves as well as to others.

Note to self

We saw this beautiful Beetle in town.

Decorated Beetle

I loved this painting in Tate St Ives when we popped in on Sunday. It is The Fisherman’s Farewell by Christopher Wood and I found it very touching.

The Fisherman’s Farewell

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Posted by on November 14, 2018 in art, Kindness, painting, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Chinese Deity, Embroidery and Peeler

Our lovely neighbour is home again after being away in China for a month where she and her brother have been constructing an amazing sculpture, the Chinese God, Thousand Mile Eye.

Thousand Mile Eye by Sue Hill and Pete Hill

Showing the scale

Sue brought us home presents –  a beautifully embroidered scarf for me and a super sharp peeler for Mr S.

Beautiful scarf

 

 

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Visit, Snails and Paper Bells

We had a lovely visit with our Dear Friend for whom I made the Nisse a couple of weeks ago. She was delighted with it and is going to hang it in a window.

Glass Nisse

In the gardens of where T is staying, I noticed two beautiful blue snails nestled in among the plants.

Ceramic snails

The Ingleheart Singers are learning a delightful carol, Christmas Bells,  to sing with the Troon School children at their Christmas Concert. I am guessing that these bells have been made for that occasion.

Enormous Christmas Bells

 

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St Ives, Pages of the Sea and Peace

We’ve been in St Ives today for the Pages of the Sea event initiated by Danny Boyle to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice was signed and WW1 came to an end. It was one of thirty such events on beaches around Britain today. My choir was singing. Several of us wore white poppies which symbolise two important things. The white poppy is to remember ALL the dead, those of all nationalities caught up in the horror of war as soldiers or civilians and to show our commitment to working for Peace.

St Ives when we arrived

Flowers left at low tide to be taken as the tide came in

The sand art at Porthmeor, courtesy of WildWorks. Captain Edward ‘Teddy’ Hain (15 August 1887 – 11 November 1915)

Waiting for the tide to wash away the image of the soldier

Being washed away by the incoming tide

One of the soldiers being remembered today and, on the back, a beautiful and very moving poem written for today by Carol Ann Duffy

St Ives as we were leaving

Other beaches in Cornwall had sand drawings of soldiers too.

Lieutenant Richard Charles Graves-Sawle. On Porthcurno Beach

On Perranporth Beach. Photo by Naomi Smith

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Cornwall, Peace, Photography, poetry, Postaday2018

 

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Embroidery, Cake and Our Town

Many, many years ago my Mum embroidered pillowcases with Goodnight, the child’s name and kisses for all her Grandchildren and two of our four, now in their 40s, still have theirs, if a little worn. I have started today making such pillow cases for each of our six Grandchildren for Christmas.

First pillowcase

I iced the Hummingbird cake tonight to take to a shared supper and it went down well.

Hummingbird Cake

We love our small town. You might enjoy watching this video that tells you about Redruth, its history and how it is blossoming recently.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/business/how-redruth-moved-worst-estate-2184475?fbclid=IwAR1MCS4U-8pG3DdYlfsSNRF_3-4zoJIVrnYrM0mg8bvEHIq1yihGqejqIcM

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2018 in baking, embroidery, environment, Photography

 

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A Painting, A Poem and A Banned Ad

It has been the roughest of days – rain overflowing from the guttering and streaming down the windows and wild, wild  wind, leaves blown hither and thither and strange thumps from outside while things are blown around the yard. So – I give you a  wonderful painting by Giuliana Lazzerini evoking the warmth of a summer day.

To The Sky by Giuliana Lazzerini 1998

We met Brian Patten many years ago when in Yorkshire and he signed his book, ‘Love Poems’ for me. This delightful poem is from that collection. I think we all need the ‘safeguard against imagining’ that there is ‘nothing bright or special in the world.’  There is and we need to keep reminding each other of the good, the bright and the special.

The Stolen Orange

When I left I stole an orange
I kept it in my pocket
It felt like a warm planet
Everywhere I went smelt of oranges
Whenever I got into an awkward situation
I’d take out the orange and smell it
And immediately on even dead branches I saw
The lovely and fierce orange blossom
That smells so much of joy
When I went out I stole an orange
It was a safeguard against imagining
There was nothing bright or special in the world
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I am a political animal though I don’t often allow that part of my life in here where I search always for the bright and the special. I read today that the following advert aimed at the Christmas market has been banned. I think it has a message that should be shared, irrespective of the company it is advertising so here it is.

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3065937/iceland-blocked-from-airing-palm-oil-christmas-advert

Checking the published post, I find that the verses of Brian Patten’s poem are all squashed together instead of three line verses. I have tried to correct this but WordPress won’t let me.

 
 

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Dogs, Supper and Budget

I loved these dogs in their suits with leggings!

Red jackets

Supper tonight was a rainbow of roasted vegetables with Halloumi cheese  – delicious!

Rainbow veg ready to roast

My sorting goes on. Today I came across Mum’s budget book for the year I started at Truro Grammar School for Girls. Note the gym slip, tie and cap, the science overall, the fabric for homemade dresses, the hockey boots and in the summer both a swimsuit and gloves! There are pages for my younger siblings (my older brother had left for University), for Mum’s clothes and Dad’s, much less spent on them than on me. It was an expensive time, starting a new school and we were not well off by any means.

Spending on my clothes

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2018 in Food, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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