Monthly Archives: October 2023

Kindness, Samhain and Fire

The poet, Danusha Lameris, has kindly given me permission to share her poem which asks us  to remember the ‘Small Kindnesses.’  In today’s harsh world, these are so very important to recognise.
”Small Kindnesses”
by Danusha Lameris
I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead—you first,” “I like your hat.”
I’ve been up to the Eco Park this evening  for a very lovely Samhain celebration where we all remembered our ancestors and friends who are no longer with us and we lit candles in their names as we sat around the fire.  I loved the bits of decoration around the atrium.

The Old Oak

We are just in having seen this Ken Loach film, his fierce final call for compassion and solidarity that had me and others in the audience in tears. It’s well worth seeing.

Here’s the review from The Guardian.


Posted by on October 30, 2023 in art, community, friendship, Postaday 2023


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Hunter’s Moon, Planting and Soul Cakes

There was a full moon last night, the Hunter’s Moon, and as I said yesterday, the sky was full of clouds. Later, though, they cleared for a short time and I managed to get photos and of the partial eclipse so I went to bed happy!

When there are extra baby plants at Roots, volunteers are invited to give them a home. Today, in our edibles trough, I planted lots of over wintering lettuces and hope they will survive. At Roots they are planted in poly tunnels. Here they will just have plastic cloches over them so we shall see.

We have been invited to a Celebration of Samhain next Tuesday, 31st October, Hallowe’en so I looked up what is traditionally eaten at Samhain and found Soul Cakes. Today I have made some. They taste good but seem rather heavy……  We’ll see how they go down on Tuesday evening around the fire!


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Shopping, Exhibition and A Poem

It wasn’t until I unpacked the shopping from our local greengrocer when we got home that I saw, with delight, the tangerines that the lovely Mr S had picked up. I think the youngsters at GrowBox had some fun this morning. Well done and thank you!

After a busy week we managed to get to Kresen Kernow to see the International Day of Repair exhibition where my pieces of Kintsugi can be seen.

This poem needs no words from me.

It’s a full moon tonight, Hunter’s Moon,  and regular readers will know how I love the moon. Sadly, there is too much cloud so I have also missed the partial eclipse that happened this evening. I hope some of you managed to see it.


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Autumn Posy, A Poem and Glass

It’s late in October but we managed to find enough in the garden to make a pretty bunch of flowers for our visit to Ti this morning.

Alstroemeria, Dahlia and Fennel

We always enjoy poetry with Ti. Today’s favourite was one by Charles Causley which was new to us all. It was in the BBC book, More Poetry Please.  It’s quite long so I didn’t read it all. It begins:

Ballad of the Breadman

Mary stood in the kitchen
Baking a loaf of bread.
An angel flew in the window
‘We’ve a job for you,’ he said.
‘God in his big gold heaven
Sitting in his big blue chair,
Wanted a mother for his little son.
Suddenly saw you there.’


Mary shook and trembled,
‘It isn’t true what you say.’
‘Don’t say that,’ said the angel.
‘The baby’s on its way.’

I’ve started back at my glass work, picking out colours and bits of donated jewels to decorate the Angels with.

Angels in progress, needing heads



Seaweed, Swan and Raspberries

It was a beautiful morning with rain promised later so off we went to Swanpool beach to collect seaweed to mulch and feed the veggie beds at the lottie.  There were a few families at the beach and more at the cafe where we had hot chocolates after filling our bags.

Then there was a shower and a rainbow across the pool where there were  ducks, swans, coots and cormorants.

We covered the empty beds at the allotment with seaweed and I was reminded, when I saw the multicolours and shapes of what we collected today,  of a project I did at Truro County Grammar School many years ago. The project was to collect many varieties, which we dried, pressed and named. I wish I could remember the names of all the varieties now.

A corner of one of the beds

There were many raspberries still to be harvested at the lottie today, enough for a little bowl each this evening.


Raindrops, Leaf and Gaia at Night

Raindrops on the feathery fennel like strings of diamonds when the sunlight hit them.

Outside Truro Cathedral in the queue waiting for the night time showing of Gaia, I noticed a pretty leaf and a heart shaped hole between the cobbles. The couple in front of us in the line were amused to see me taking a photo of the ground  and then appreciated what they were seeing too.

Gaia at night was as glorious, if not more so, than when we first saw it last week. Two friends were there too and I caught them admiring the world in all its beauty.



Community Roots Today

A very busy today, weeding, planting and deleafing basil plants ready for volunteers to take home to make pesto. Age of volunteers today ranged from 2 to 78! Click on any photo for more detail.

Later, at home, I made lots of delicious fresh pesto, now in silicone moulds in the freezer for use later. Each portion will make Pesto Pasta for the two of us..


Tomatoes, Soup and Cake

Over the last couple of weeks at Community Roots, the tomato tunnels have been cleared and last week we brought home lots of green tomatoes. I put them with a ripe banana in the hope that they might ripen. ( Ripe bananas give off a gas called ethylene which helps other fruit to ripen.) It worked!

So, today I made tomato soup!

And then I made a Plum, Almond and Chocolate Cake for tomorrow’s coffee break at Community Roots. I’ve adapted the recipe to make it gluten free so that everyone can have a piece.


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More Flamm, A Book and The Moon

I spent a delightful afternoon going around town seeing, and joining in,  many of the Flamm exhibitions I had missed yesterday. I took part in Jacqui Callis’ three minute candle-lit meditation, gave in ideas for Keith Sparrow’s evolving  map of Redruth, watched a truly lovely film set among the rocks of Carn Brea that had a lovely natural sound-track and made a book with the expert guidance of Tony Cosby.
How lucky we are to live in Redruth with such amazing cultural opportunities.

My concertina book, cover a very old map of South Africa

My lovely Mr S took this photo of the half moon which he spotted when up in the attic.



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