1 The family left early this morning and as always, everywhere is too quiet and the expression on the monkey’s face says it all.
Where have they all gone?
2 I love the delicacy of these grasses against a rather grey sky.
Grasses and a grey sky
3 Claire, the lovely MD of the choirs I sing with, and the Musical Director of Wildworks has sorted her costume for the event at The Lost Gardens of Heligan on 3rd August and she looks just perfect. I’m still working on mine!
J loves all things Egyptian so we took him and T to the Royal Cornwall Museum to their fabulous exhibition of early cultures. Many years ago it was the same mummy, now in an updated exhibition, that gave me my love of all things Egyptian. He spent a happy time investigating the mummy, putting the organs into the canopic jars and re-wrapping the mummy (all models for those of my readers of a sensitive disposition!)
Putting the stomach into the canopic jar
T investigating the natural world
3 Our afternoon was spent on the beach at Godrevy, re-routing streams and building dams and having a brilliant beachy time!
What a day out with the Grandkids and M – shopping for little life jackets, exploring the Maritime Museum, shrimping and catching one each, eating Cornish pasties, taking the water taxi to our boat and discovering the cabin and the beds and the compass and the tiller, eating ice-creams and beaching at Gyllyngvase followed by fish’n’chips! Click on any photo for detail.
1 The colours in the garden are gorgeous at the moment.
Agapanthus and Crocosmia
2 Our Grandchildren just love it when Aunty M comes to stay at the same time as them as she always has fun experiments to entertain us all with. First it was the mint into a coca cola bottle which makes a brilliant fountain and then shooting the empty bottles off as rockets using a compressor! Great fun for all the family! Look carefully in the sky to see how high one of the bottle-rockets went.
Look how high it has gone!
3 It was our beloved Choir leader’s birthday today so T and I made buns as her birthday cake and I took them to singing this evening. Claire was delighted.
What a fabulous day rehearsing for “100:The Day Our World Changed” at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. We started in Mevagissey on the quay as the production will next Sunday and waved off the new recruits with a beautiful and very moving old song called ‘The Soldier’s Farewell’. From there we moved on up to Heligan’s lovely gardens and continued discovering how the songs we have been rehearsing are to fit into the production. Click on any photo in the Gallery to get a sense of the rehearsals and an idea of the beauty of the gardens – and if you live in Cornwall or are visiting next weekend, come to join in this amazing immersive theatrical production involving the local community. It will be brilliant.
1 I’ve booked my tickets to Mortimer station! I’m going to be at The Wool Against Weapons demo at Aldermaston with our Peace scarf! I am so excited I haven’t the words to say! I will actually be there to unroll our 22 Peace Pieces!
2 We have harvested our first peas today, beautifully sweet and moist – just lovely raw!
3 I have sorted my costume for Sunday 3rd August, on the lines of my Great Great Granny on my Mother’s side – a long dark grey skirt, a white shirt with a wide dark cummerbund and a green brooch at the neck that belonged to the lovely Mr S’s Great Aunt with a flash of purple ribbon as my mark of respect for the Suffragettes of the time. My curly hair won’t be subdued into this hairdo though!
1 I spent a lovely morning with friends trawling the charity shops for our 1914 outfits for the event on 3rd August, 100 Days. Between us we found a skirt, two blouses and some belts – nearly there. Afterwards, doing the shopping, I just loved the painting done on the window of our favourite bakery, done by the daughter of the owner. My photo is a bit spoilt by the reflections but I think you can see the beautiful Chinese vase…..I hope so.
Painting at the bakery
2 Driving home, I found myself behind this little car whose name, Ka, had been added to. It made me smile!
3 The Poppy I showed you yesterday has gone already – what ephemeral beauty though the petals on the ground are still lovely.
1 The purples of the Clematis and the Verbena Bonariensis are very lovely together.
Clematis and Verbena Bonariensis
2 Today I have baked some Lemon Buns with pink tops to sell to raise money for the re-purposing of the Peace Pieces some of us have knitted. They will be 50p each and each bun will then raise the money to send a baby blanket to the premature baby unit in Ethiopia. To see more of what we have done for Wool Against Weapons put Wool against weapons in my Search box on the right and you’ll get all the posts at once!
Each Bun Bought will send a Blanket to a Baby
3 I can’t show you the whole of this lovely, lovely poem celebrating Summer, “Woodniche” by the Irish poet, Aidan Carl Mathews, but you could look it up. I found it in my volume Poem for the Day for this day. I love the whole poem but it’s the last few lines that particularly delight me. I wouldn’t be the adult!
Summer was wealthy with a daze of suntraps,
Daffodil spitting, sumptuous. Everywhere
Ours for the taking. Whoever has said
It is time to go home is an adult”