I have been sorting through all my foodie magazines, cutting out favourites and decluttering the rest. I came across this recipe for biscuits with the most delightful name, Snickerdoodles, common in USA I think but not here in the UK. As I typed the name in to tell my neighbour that there were some waiting for her on her doorstep, my iPhone knew exactly what I was starting to write!
Monthly Archives: June 2021
When we returned home, the post had been delivered but as I moved the inner curtain to pick up the letters, there was a visitor sitting on an envelope, a little Common Toad! We’ve put him back in the garden but cannot imagine how he got in…..
Michael Rosen has written a pastiche of Lewis Carroll’s poem, Jabberwocky, a longtime favourite and we love it! It takes the mickey out of recent events in UK politics concerning a video, an affair and a resignation
This came to me via a tweet and some final letters are missing but I hope they don’t spoil your enjoyment.
We’ve had heavy rain all day but the border outside the kitchen is still bright and colourful. The Winter Flowering Pansies just go on and on! Perhaps that tells you something about our temperatures this Spring and Summer.
I listened to BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please this afternoon and heard a young poet talking. She is Cecilia Knapp and she is the The Young People’s Laureate for London. Her choices were very pleasing and I particularly like one by another poet new to me, Caroline Bird. I loved this one, Checkout, that she chose and will seek out more by this poet and those by Cecilia Knapp. What a lovely gentle sense of humour and expression of love is shown in this one. .
Another poem Cecilia Knapp chose was Crossing the Bar by Tennyson. We sing a beautiful version of this with The Ingleheart Singers. Here is just one verse.
Our local fish stall opened their new shop today and what a wonderful display of fresh Newlyn fish! The beautiful spotty one on the right is a Balan Wrasse. I bought one of the Bream and had it filleted for tomorrow.
My lovely neighbour took me down there as it was a special opening day and Chef George was outside cooking up a wonderful Paella. We had the offered taste and it was so delicious, we each bought some takeaway for later.
Much of today has been damp and mizzly so I spent my time making ClothKitty another set of clothes – a skirt (which was cut out many years ago) and finished off a rather natty waistcoat (I had done the binding but not been able to find the time to finish it 40+ years ago with four little ones to look after.)
Brian Bilston, a poet whose works I really enjoy, has given me permission to share this one with you today. I love the imagination which took me on a walk through our favourite independent bookshop in Penzance.Thank you, Brian. This is magical.
In 2013 some of our choir walked from Lands End to St Just, inspired by the March of the Women, 100 years before, who walked from Land’s End to London demanding Votes for Women. Tonight, in the atrium of the Eco Park we sang March of the Women, conducted by our leader, Claire, using a toothbrush.
Ethel Smyth’s rousing March of the Women was composed in 1910 to words by Cicely Hamilton, with a tune adapted from a traditional Italian melody. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) introduced it as the official anthem of the Women’s Social and Political Union and it became associated with the suffrage movement more generally. Info from the British Library
In 1911 it was sung on Pall Mall in celebration of the release from prison of a number of activists. The following year, the conductor Thomas Beecham (1879–1961) apparently heard it sung in Holloway Prison, where Smyth and Pankhurst were imprisoned and it is said that Ethel Smyth conducted the imprisoned women singing at their windows, using her toothbrush as a baton. Some of you know that my Great Granny was a Suffragette imprisoned and force fed in Holloway. I like to think she may have known and sung this song.
There was a rueful smile when I saw this cartoon.