Singing, Penguins and Chocolate Torte

22 Dec

A week ago, just 15 of us gathered at the Eco Park to sing Cornish Christmas carols in a safe and socially distanced way. Enjoy listening to us. For this who wanted to know, I’m right at the end singing “Thy beloved name!”  I’m elsewhere too so you can watch again from the start if you like, even perhaps contribute to one of our charities. Nadelik Lowen is Happy Christmas in Cornish.

Photographer Tobias Baumgaertner captured this image of two widowed fairy penguins looking over the Melbourne skyline. It has won an award in Oceanographic magazine’s Ocean Photography Awards 2020.
The backstory is so heartwarming. The lighter penguin is an elderly female whose partner died this year. The darker one is a younger male who lost his partner two years ago. Biologists have followed them as they meet every night to comfort each other. They stand for hours together watching the city lights.

I made our Chocolate Amaretti Torte this afternoon, one for us and one for our daughter who is visiting for an outdoor pasty lunch tomorrow, looking forward to eating it soon!

Mixing the cream and the chocolate mixture

P.S.  We saw the Great Conjunction tonight for a  few moments when the clouds parted!


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6 responses to “Singing, Penguins and Chocolate Torte

  1. nrhatch

    December 27, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Love the penguin tale and photo. Thanks!

  2. commonprose

    December 26, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    great to see you all bundled up against the cold. I know it must have been a real pleasure to sing again in the choir. The penguin photo, and the story behind it, are too sweet for words. Would love to post that on FB, if it’s OK with you.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 26, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      Please do! That’s where I first saw it and then looked for the awards site. It was brilliant to sing with a few of our singers. Can hardly wait for the vaccine and being able to sing again. 🙂

  3. utesmile

    December 23, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    That penguin story is just so sweet. Love them!

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 25, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Isn’t it? They are such charming creatures. 🙂

  4. ladysighs

    December 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I think I saw you.
    But I know I definitely heard you! 😉


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