Mandela Memorial, Lunch and Tree Planting

10 Dec

1   We listened to the Memorial for Nelson Mandela this morning. What a man – and how loved and respected he was. I loved Obama’s speech and the quoting at the end of the last two lines from Mandela’s favourite poem. I put it all here as it is so appropriate.

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


2   I made a bowlful of Broad Bean Hummus (garden ones, frozen) to take for a shared lunch today. My Oat and Linseed Flowerpot loaf worked out well too.
3   Our shared lunch with our good friends, N&G, was a precursor helping them plant the last few trees of their small woodland. I just love the whole idea of this – to have the forethought to plant for generations to come. There are Sessile oaks, Silver birch, Rosa Rugosa, Ash, Sweet Chestnut, Gean Cherry, White, Goat and Scarlet Willows, Italian Alder, Elder and Hazel – all planted for particular purposes – for the birds, for insect life, for food, for shelter and for love.   It’s going to be a magical place with a stone circle in the middle and the hands and laughter of many friends in the planting. What a joy to be part of this project.  Thank you to you both.
Our first tree planted

Our first tree planted

Kaia helping with the digging

Kaia helping with the digging

Part of the very young woodland

Part of the very young woodland


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13 responses to “Mandela Memorial, Lunch and Tree Planting

  1. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    December 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Beautiful poem. And I love the idea of planting a woodland – with a stone circle, it’ll be a bit of a mystery someday..

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      It will won’t it? There’s a Wassail singing session planned for the Winter Solstice which will be fabulous. 🙂

  2. theamateurcamera

    December 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love the last two lines of that poem! Your flower pot loaf looks great and I love the woodland idea… how wonderful to have been a part of it all! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Yes, it was – and we are hoping to be part of the Wassail singing on 21st December, Winter Solstice. That will be truly special too. 🙂

  3. valeriedavies

    December 11, 2013 at 6:24 am

    what a wonderful post Sally… that poem never fails to inspire, as does planting wood-land… and your broad been hummus looks wonderful… I will be making it too !!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      I’m very glad to have given you a recipe in return for all those you have given me. 🙂

  4. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    December 11, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Planting for the future…shows hope…
    Received your Christmmas Card today… a surprise… the family loved that I got a card from a blogging friend…

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      So pleased the card arrived and pleased you! The planting really was very special. 🙂

  5. David Wheeler

    December 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I agree that Obama’s speech was something special.
    Good to see the dog helping Nicky and Gavin out. Love the idea of a mixed woodland like that.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 10, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      I’ll say thank you here too, for the recipe for Broad Bean Hummus. It went down well! 🙂


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