Bonnets, Singing and Bunting

12 May

I’m loving the Granny’s Bonnets that are springing up in every border. Here are two of them.

It is so good to be back singing with my choirs. Today with the Suitcase Singers, we sang a beautiful piece –  Wild Mountain Thyme – rewritten by Belfast man Frances McPeake in 1957. It is based upon an earlier Scottish folk song ‘The Braes of Balquhidder- written by Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) – and arranged by Claire Ingleheart, our leader.

There is bunting up in the garden next door! The following are Sue’s words as her brother returns from 18 months in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey.

“Pete’s home!!!❤️💗💕
His journey included voyaging on the Sir David Attenborough from Rothera to the Falklands (via Cornish Island and an icy dip), flight from Port Stanley to Brize Norton, being picked up by his sweetheart Philly and ferried back to Cornwall via Mama and Papa Byrde in Dorset. Preparations here included picking a kilo of asparagus and the wrangling of much bunting”
Welcome home, Pete.


6 responses to “Bonnets, Singing and Bunting

  1. commonprose

    May 19, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Wild Mountain Thyme!! One of my favorite folkish songs. Nice to hear your choir singing.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 21, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it. Ours is a lovely part, really rich. (Low tenor). 🙂

  2. commonprose

    May 19, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Wild Mountain Thyme! One of my favorite folkish songs!

  3. commonprose

    May 19, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Wild Mountain Thyme! One of my favorite folkish songs.

  4. nrhatch

    May 13, 2022 at 2:30 am

    That “bunting” looks like Tibetan Prayer Flags:

    “A Tibetan prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes.”

    “The red, blue, yellow, white and green buddhist prayer flags represent elements like air, fire, water and earth. White symbolises air, red is fire. Green is water, yellow is earth, and blue is wind. They also represent directions – North, South, East, West and Center.”

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 13, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      You are right Nancy. They were collected on one of Sue’s journeys. The rest of the bunting was just that but less easy to get a good photo. Thank you for all the info. I didn’t know that about the different colours. 🙂


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