One of our jobs at Community Roots today was starting to make Christmas cards by printing using beetroot. These ‘designs’ will be enhanced by one of our younger volunteers who did art at A level. Here is one of the initial prints. Next week, I’ll show you a finished card.
I sold two more angels today (two at choir yesterday too) one, I discovered, with a shell of Paua which is regarded as something special in New Zealand and I discovered the following by googling –
“It is believed that all varieties of abalone (including paua) strengthen the body as well as the heart. If a person wears jewelry made from paua shells, it is said that he can express his feelings to others articulately. They are believed to bring sensitivity, harmony, and connectivity in relationships. As this shell is found in a number of colours, it represents the beauty of life, which is ‘change’ that we experience every day.
It is a common Maori practice to gift paua shells to one another. According to them, this shell brings good luck, prosperity, and peace to the wearer.”
With a piece of Paua shell
With Cornish seaglass
Volunteers always leave with some of the day’s harvest. This is one of the carrots we chose because it made me smile.
There was a lovely moon this evening which I only just managed to get before the clouds came over.
We went with friends to see a Pink Floyd tribute band tonight but left at the interval as it was dire! The laser lights which were pretty for a couple of minutes became headache inducing and the sound was very disappointing.
The Christmas lights were switched on in town at the weekend.
Saw this today and thought you, Dear Readers, might like it too.
Walking into town this afternoon, my eye was caught by a pretty little feather on the path.
Redruth has been privileged to be hosting a remarkable exhibition by Ukrainian artist Evhen Bal ‘Artifacts of Zero’. These antiwar artworks are made of Russian shrapnel and spent munitions that Evhen collected near Severodonets, Mykolaiv and at the Kramatorsk Railway Station. ‘Zero’ refers to military slang – the forward position, closest to the enemy, of fighting units. The exhibition is not beautiful in any conventional sense but talking to the artist and learning more about the war, the people, the community spirit, the grabbing hold of life was such a powerful and moving experience. The following poster was up on the wall.
We’ve had a shared dinner with friends this evening. We made the Borscht by the recipe given to us by our Ukrainian friend, Danylo; one couple made a delicious sourdough loaf to go with the soup and the other couple made Biskvit, Ukrainian Apple Pudding, from the #cookforUkraine website.
It has been a joy to have friends around for a meal again after so long of the pandemic and we have sent our donation to the Justgiving site.
We parked on the quayside in Falmouth before going to a Femmes de la Mer gig which was on to mark the launch of their cd. The reflections in the harbour were lovely.
Femmes de la Mer
It was a brilliant evening, lovely harmonies, shanties and other songs with a feminist slant and, in the audience, Harry Glasson, the writer/composer of Cornwall My Home, regarded by many as the Cornish Anthem.
It’s 31 years since Freddie Mercury died – what a loss but it’s pretty magical that we can continue to enjoy his wonderful performances. Here is a mix video from YouTube. Do click on the link.
It’s Thanksgiving in America and usually we make a turkey dinner to ‘share’ with family and friends in the USA. Somehow this has not been possible this year but we send special love to family in Atlanta, Flagstaff, Hawaii, Jerome, Phoenix and Seattle and to friends in Arizona, California and Vermont and to all my lovely Blogging Pals in states too many to mention.