1 Today I have been introduced to the remarkably beautiful work of Maud Lewis by a blogger friend who enjoyed my post about Alfred Wallis, a Cornish Artist and Mariner. Click here to see that post.
Set against a background of her paintings and the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, landscapes they depict, this ten minute documentary, A World without Shadows, is a portrait of the life and work of Maud Lewis, one of Canada’s foremost primitive painters. Find ten minutes – you won’t regret it! Thanks H H.
2 It has been another glorious day today and we’ve had lunch in the garden.
Lunch in the garden
3 Our Crinodendron Hookerarium is blooming beautifully.
1 Cornish hedges change colour as the season progresses. We start with the pale yellow of Primroses, then the glorious haze of blue from the masses of Bluebells and now the hedges are pink – with Rhododendrons, Pink Campion and Foxgloves.
2 I love the way Poppies are all crinkled and crunkled when they first emerge from their furry cages.
3 The Blue-tits on BBC’s Spring Watch flew the nest today and so have our fledglings but we are not sure when, just that the nest is now empty, just a bit of nesting material stuck around the edge as evidence – and my photo to be seen here.
1 Maya Angelou died today. As a spokesperson for her family said, “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.” She was a wonderful woman and a role model for us all. I loved her writings and especially her poem ‘Still I Rise’ which you will find at the end of today’s post. I loved her philosophy and these words that she left us – “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
2 I have joined just five of our knitted pieces together and they fill our staircase! I have eight more here and there are at least five more almost completed by friends. I’ll need the garden to lay them all out! Imagine SEVEN MILES of peaceful protest knitting stretched between Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire, where nuclear weapons are made.
Some of our knitting for Wool Against Weapons
3 Another job I have enjoyed doing today is the annual power washing of the Yorkshire stones of the patio. It always delights me afresh to see how pretty the stones are and to re-discover the fern patterns in them.
Still I Rise Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I am always fascinated by how the Clematis plants twist and twine their way as they creep upwards. Here is a macro ‘twist’ and at the top of our neighbour’s apple tree, some of our Clematis flowers that have twisted their way to the top. Click on any photo for detail.
Clematis stem twisting to hold on
The Clematis has twisted its way up to the top of the apple tree
1 We bought some beautiful Bearded Irises the other day. This one, Black Swan, is absolutely stunning with sunlight and morning dew still on it.
Black Swan Iris
2 This afternoon next door’s children were blowing bubbles which drifted across into our garden, gorgeous against the cerulean sky.
Bubbles in the sky
3 After working for hours in the garden, I took some time out, knitting my last piece for Wool Against Weapons. This will be my 8th and now I need to start knitting a ballerina wrap for Grand-baby T who has recently started lessons.
We joined dozens of Pirates on Redruth station platform this afternoon and by the time the train arrived in Penzance it was packed with Pirates of all ages, all going to try to regain the Guinness Book of Records World Record which we held in 2011 but which Hastings took in 2012. We had to beat 14,231. Very sadly we missed this by only 77, being a gathering of 14,155. However, despite the heavy showers and not quite making the record, a fantastic day was had by all and at least £14,155 was raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute who do such a wonderful job around our coasts. The whole day was one of jollity and good humour and the costumes were brilliant. Click on any photo for detail.
St Michael’s Mount from Penzance
Brilliant skiffle band that had everyone dancing
I did the Humanist Wedding Ceremony for this beautiful couple in 2010. They now have two beautiful children.
1 We went to the annual Boat Jumble today and I found a beautiful terracotta wash basin with a painted rim. We understand it came from a boat and would love to know more if any reader can help.
Decorated boat basin
2 I conducted a Humanist Wedding today with torrential rain outside and the sunniest of smiles inside the marquee. It was, as always, a beautifully simple event, unique to the couple involved. Click on any photo in the gallery to see detail.
A Wedding in the field
View from the field – the sea at St Ives
Wedding arch and hay bales
The Beautiful Bride
Cheese biscuits served with the Champagne
My Wedding umbrella
Ready for the reception
3 A simple supper was called for tonight – a delicious Asparagus, Pea and Lemon Risotto. We didn’t have any white wine so I used a splash of red instead and it was truly scrumptious.
1 The Cornish food market on Lemon Quay was very busy this morning and I bought some delicious Duck burgers which we have just had for supper. The Cornish Duck stall also had dozens of beautiful duck eggs in shades of pale blue and white.
Beautiful pale blue duck eggs
2 It is Asparagus season. The stall was bursting with piles and piles of this most delicious vegetable.