The Suffragette Pilgrimage, Sea Gazing and Ice-cream

19 Jun

1   More than fifty walkers turned up today to watch the opening episode of Oxygen and to walk in the footsteps of their Suffragette sisters marking the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913. That was so brilliant!  The play was inspiring and moving and then the walk started, led by the actors, singing songs from the play. What a day!

2   The children and I only walked at the start and then waved everyone off (There will be more photos very soon from the walkers themselves)    We took the children to play in the sand at Mount’s Bay……

Gazing out to sea

Gazing out to sea

3  …….. and finished off the day with a delicious Cornish ice-cream, thinking all the afternoon of those of my dear friends walking the trail at the same time as those amazing women walked exactly 100 years ago today. The Suffragettes in 1913 walked for themselves and for those who couldn’t and that’s what my people did for me today. Thank you.

Strawberry ice-cream

Strawberry ice-cream


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40 responses to “The Suffragette Pilgrimage, Sea Gazing and Ice-cream

  1. Mel

    July 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Its really good to see photos of the even down your end of the country too!

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Lovely to hear from you! yes, I was delighted to see your photos too. Isn’t it brilliant how the whole event is bringing women together from all ove the route that they are taking in memory of those who walked before. Stay in touch! 🙂

  2. mixedupmeme

    July 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I am just now getting caught up with your blog. ( was forced…against my will … to take a couple of weeks nap… 🙁 But back now and your blog is the first I am visiting. )
    What a day it must have been one hundred years ago! Full of uncertainty and surely a bit frightening too. The costumes really give it authenticity.
    And while the ice cream may have been the highlight for the little ones, they someday will be very proud too.

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      How lovely to have you back. John Z and I were getting quite concerned!
      You are right – it must have been quite daunting but weren’t they strong women? I so wish you could see the play. It tells the story of the past but also brings women’s concerns right up to date as we are still worried about child poverty, still trying to combat domestic violence and still disturbed by trafficking.
      I hope you are back on your feet/computer and hope all is well now with you. 🙂

  3. runningonsober

    June 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Looks like a perfect day, capped off with ice cream to boot! That’s my idea of a perfect ending.

    I enjoyed the photos and all of the supportive comments. Outstanding!

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      It was a perfect day, one that will stay in many memories for years to come. I am proud to have been a part of it. 🙂

  4. theamateurcamera

    June 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Sounds like an amazing, emotional and inspirational day! Great photos to remember it by too and love the one of the sunglasses and ice cream at the end… wonderful! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      It was wonderful as was the play last night. Other people’s comments will tell you that too. 🙂

  5. mybeautfulthings

    June 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

    From Claire Ingleheart: Thankyou sooooo much Sally for all your help. What a day!!! Xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

      My pleasure Claire. It was truly wonderful to see so many people turn out for the Cause. Your music is just beautiful, so moving. I’m so looking forward to seeing the play tonight with KJ in Penzance xx

  6. mybeautfulthings

    June 20, 2013 at 8:31 am

    From Nicky: What a wonderful day yesterday was. Thank you so much for helping to make it happen. It was truly special to be there to commemorate such courage. The walk was just beautiful too … such bonhomie .. great spirit .. perfect.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Thank you so much for coming to help commemorate such a special event and for walking for me! My eyes were full of tears as I waved you all off!

      • Mandy

        June 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

        Thank you Sally, you do your Granny proud every day of your life – you are one of my role models! It was so wonderful to be a part of such an important commemoration – I walked in memory of women like your Granny Wiseman and I walked to inspire to my two amazing daughters Maia and Evie… They did the whole walk without complaint and with great joy! The next day was littered with comments like little sparkling gems…”My shoes hurt…”says one, “The Suffragettes wouldn’t moan about that!”. retorts the other! “We are part of the Stop Page 3 Campaign now Mum…I mean why would you have a picture of a woman with no top on next to really important news about people dying in Syria?”…Silence…
        Shall we retrace those historic steps on the 19th of June every year? An annual event to keep us Feminists topped up! I’ll be there for definite…Lots of love, Mandy, Maia and Evie xxx

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

          Oh, Mandy! What a wonderful idea. I shall put the date in my diary and be sure to be free to join you all next time.
          What brilliant comments from your beautiful daughters. I feel that the play should move on to touring all schools after this run finishes. Everyone, of whatever generation needs to know more about the struggle – and how it continues. The play had so many notes of the present in its echoes of the past. I kept wanting to shout out, YES! Let’s work to stop child poverty now! Let’s…..
          Thank you again for your encouragement and your lovely comments. I’m so glad you signed up here to comment. Other readers read comments as well as the blog and often join in a conversation.
          Lots of love to you all xx

  7. flowerpot

    June 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Sorry I couldnt be there Sally – mouth wide open on dentist’s chair! Sounds great…..

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Poor you! We did miss you, but like many of my blogging friends, you were there in spirit! 🙂

  8. valeriedavies

    June 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

    W0onderful remembrances, so lovely that their work is not forgotten.Congratulations on making it happen Sally… and I love recognising that purple cardy and the gorgeous buttons !!!!..

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

      It was such a special day! It is lovely that the little hoodies still fit them both 🙂

  9. Kathleen Richardson

    June 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I love the socks on the little one, Sally!

  10. unexpectedincommonhours

    June 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    What an amazing day! Women need to know what their ancestors experienced. Some of my students viewed the film, “Iron Jawed Angels” about the suffragettes in America and were dumbfounded at what they saw.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      I don’t know that film so need to look out for it. Thank you for telling me about it. Those who don’t already know about the Suffragettes are always amazed as they learn what these women did on behalf of us all. 🙂

  11. Don

    June 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Admire all of you who walked. What a memory and movement to celebrate and remember..

  12. Marilyn Griffin

    June 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    So glad you participated in your way…it’s good to remember…and be thankful!
    The ice cream eater is so cool in sunglasses…

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you. I did help to organise the walk and was the co-ordinator so that it happened. Both my cronky hip and having the Grandchildren here stopped me walking but I did my bit – though I was tearful waving them off! 🙂

  13. john zande

    June 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Sally is there (My Beautiful Things blog) so i hope you get a pic of her.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      I’m there in the middle of the 6th photo, with my Votes for Women scarf and a photo of the Holloway Brooch that my Great Granny was awarded for her time in Holloway where she was force fed. What determination these women had! What fortitude! 🙂

      • john zande

        June 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        Oh, i feel so silly. My email alert said this post was from Beautiful Orange! How did hat happen??

        Well, I’m glad you’re there and enjoyed the walk.

  14. Penny L Howe

    June 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you for this tribute, Sally! So very important to remember, most serious on this!!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you so much. I agree – so important to remember and to inform and that is what this play hopes to do as they tour the whole route of the 1913 march. I’m going to see the play proper tomorrow evening with one of my daughters and again on Friday with Mr S. 🙂

      • Penny L Howe

        June 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        Good, very good, wish I could be there to go too, actually! 🙂 xx

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

          I’ll report back on it so that you can feel that you are with us in spirit as many other blogging friends are too! 🙂

          • Penny L Howe

            June 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

            Thank you Sally, I appreciate that, yes I am (and other bloggers who feel as we do about the strides we’ve made, and those special women who made it happen for us)! 🙂


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