New Yarn, Research and Brian Patten

07 Feb

I have some beautiful new yarn for my ongoing project which I can’t tell you much more about until March and LiveWire T’s birthday!


I have spent the last three days reading and researching for our project and at the end of it have decided that this one, about a family connected with El Cobre Mine in Cuba, is not a story to tell in the graveyard but one for the booklet. To enlighten you re The Project, called “Until the Day Break”: in May we are to bring to life some of the ‘residents’ of our local Churchyard, St Euny and we will tell their stories beside their gravestones. The stories are to be a celebration of the lives lived and have led to some remarkable discoveries. Today, I have come to the conclusion that fascinating as it is, the story of El Cobre Mine in Cuba is not an uplifting one so not one for the performance. It is however, well worth the telling. Watch this space! When the booklet is published I will share it with you all.

It was these two gravestones that set me off on the story –



The Mersey poet, Brian Patten, whose work I love and whom I met many years ago, was born on this day in 1946. To mark his birthday, I give you  “The Bee’s Last Journey to the Rose” which , though written many years ago, says much to me about hope for the future. I hope it does the same for you.

The Bee’s Last Journey to the Rose

I came first through the warm grass
Humming with Spring,
And now swim through the evening’s
Soft sunlight gone cold.
I am old in this green ocean
Going a final time to the rose.

North wind, until I reach it
Keep your icy breath away
That changes pollen into dust.
Let me be drunk on this scent a final time,
Then blow if you must.

by Brian Patten


Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Beauty, knitting, poetry, postaday2017


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12 responses to “New Yarn, Research and Brian Patten

  1. commonprose

    February 14, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    And we love to visit cemeteries.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      There are a couple of particular treats we like to visit. You may have been to Mylor before. Mum loved the stones there. There is Gwennap where Jeremy Visick is set and, of course, St Euny where our project is to happen…….. So much to see, so little time! xx🙂

  2. commonprose

    February 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Love your project, Sally, and the idea that we all die twice. We’ve had the same thought and it drives our interest in genealogy.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      What a shame you won’t be here in May rather than September to see our work. The Director of the Oakland project, just retired , is coming to Cornwall for the event! We hope she likes how we are developing the idea. We had a writers’ meeting today and the stories are coming on so well! I am getting very excited about it all! We will take you around the graveyard though and tell you the stories when you visit in September – so looking forward to that! 🙂

  3. valeriedavies

    February 8, 2017 at 12:20 am

    What beautiful tomb-stones, and your story has made me itch to read it… it sounds as though it will be fascinating…looking forward to it….
    Yes! to the bee poem… I felt it …

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      So many stories, so little time! I have spent today first in the graveyard and since at home researching a new family with links to Mexico. I am trying to tell the stories of the diaspora, the other stories are more local. I am in my element! 🙂

  4. saymber

    February 7, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I absolutely love the yarn color and your project sounds like something I would help you with if I lived near! I have always enjoyed cemeteries since I was very young. The poem is lovely too, very resonant to the times our dear bees and winged pollinators are having these days.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Oh, I would love you to! My research has taken me to Colorado where a boy was born to parents who had emigrated from Cornwall, he to the gold mines. I will send you the story when it is done. My second story was to be set in Cuba, copper mines but now I am starting to investigate a family who went to Mexico! I’ll keep you informed! I really wish you could be part of our fun! 🙂

      • saymber

        February 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

        I am part of the fun by your just sharing! No worries! 🙂

  5. john zande

    February 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    What a marvellous idea! That is something we should do more often, and especially with strangers (albeit dead ones). Often thought a wedding shouldn’t be with friends and family, but rather the bride and the groom turn up on The Big Day and accost 200 perfect strangers, pluck them right from the street, and spend the next 2hrs convincing them that the couple love each other, are compatible, and will be happy in each other’s company.

    Honour the stranger 😉

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 8, 2017 at 10:25 am

      The idea came from our visit to Atlanta in 2014 when we went on a similar tour round Oakland Cemetery. We live next door to the people who are Wildworks ( look them up, they do fascinating landscape theatre) and I hoped they would like the idea. They did!

      We are an offshoot company called Perthi Kov, remember in Cornish.

      We have in mind the belief that we all die twice, once we do die and then again when our name is no longer spoken. We are speaking the names of strangers.

      Thank you for your interest. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

      I love the wedding idea by the way. There might be many more longer marriages if they all started that way. 🙂


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