Last Night’s Sunset, White Poppy and Coorie Doon

01 Jun

1   We are about 10 miles from the North coast of Cornwall where the most beautiful sunsets can be seen as the sun slips into the sea. We knew last night’s was a lovely one as the setting sun lights up the windows of a small terrace that we can see from our front window.

Sunset glow

Sunset glow

2   From the back window this morning, I spotted that a white poppy has opened. I took this from indoors and will get a better shot when the rain and wind stop. For June 1st it is very cool – the horses in the back field all have their coats on again!

White Poppy

White Poppy

3     We are learning this beautiful lullaby at choir. Coorie Doon (miners’ lullaby) written and sung here by Matt McGinn. Coorie Doon has two meanings. Firstly it means ‘snuggle down’ as he is suggesting to his child. Later, he is using the term to say this is what he does when he is down the coal mine  – he is ‘crouching down’ in the dark, the dust and damp as he earns his living – “we must hae oor heat, oor light,/ Oor fire and oor lamp.”


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2 responses to “Last Night’s Sunset, White Poppy and Coorie Doon

  1. valeriedavies

    June 2, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Oh Sally what a wonderful song you’ve sent us… it’s playing again and again in my sitting room – so moving, and what moving film of miners, their hardships and courage and decency, and then that wonderful dance… I wonder if anyone ever does it now….
    A very precious post, thank you, and an introduction to Matt McGinn.. I’m looking forward to happy hours on Youtube listening to this new find for me…

  2. Grannymar

    June 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Lovely lullaby. I must send the YouTube link to Elly, it will give her an idea of her paternal grandfather Tom’s life (1897-1963), as a coal miner in Co Durham. I love poppies no matter what colour they are.


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