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England, A Boat and Heligan

Against all expectations, England won the football match this evening, in the penalty shoot out.  We are delighted!

We watched the match with the Munich contingent of our family reunion in their holiday chalet where this piece of art had pride of place. They leave tomorrow, so our three weeks of family time finally comes to an end. What a lovely time we have all had together.

A Penzance boat

Regular readers may remember that I knitted some blue squares recently. They were for the WildWork’s 100:UNEARTH production which started this evening and runs until  22 July, The knitted torpedo stands by the Well at Heligan  as part of the commemoration of the finish of WW1, 100 years ago. The torpedo was chosen as a symbol for the vast amount of knitting women and children did during WW1 and to commemorate the fact that women made many of the munitions used.

The knitted torpedo for which I knitted four squares

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Ephemeral

A year ago, on Mother’s day, one of my daughters gave me a Rainbow maker which works on a tiny solar panel. It sends rainbows dancing all over the room and, when the sun is low, all the way through the house. A few weeks ago I caught a rainbow just as it landed upon a seagull on the rooftop of our beautiful driftwood sculpture made by Jo Perry. It is called Houses and Bicycle. I love how there is a tiny shadow of the seagull on the wall in the rest of the rainbow. The moment was indeed ephemeral!

Rainbow on a chimney pot

Rainbow on a chimney pot

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Singing, Rainbows and Narcissi

I was very happy this morning to be able to sit in our sun room for an hour, watching the birds and feeling the sun through the glass, first time in a fortnight. One of my lovely choir friends called me on the phone and The Suitcase Singers sang for me which just about made my happiness complete! Thank you all so much.
Our delicate Christmas cactus still has a few blooms.

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As the low sun was streaming in through the windows, it was catching the crystal that hangs there and rainbows were being thrown around the room. I tried several photos and was delighted by the serendipity of the rainbow catching one of the seagulls on the rooftops of our driftwood houses, a delightful piece by Jo Perry.

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Mr S found more flowers on the doorstep this afternoon. This time they were glorious Cornish Narcissi which have filled the sunroom with their delicious scent. They came with a note marking our 6th anniversary of moving to this house and were from our lovely next door neighbours who made us feel so welcome from that very first evening.

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Good Deed, Reindeer and A Sculpture

1     A cosy indoors day today with rain hammering down and wind blowing, only popping out to pick up the paper. That was when we saw something to make us smile at next door’s front door.  There’s snow expected further North. I doubt we’ll see any in Cornwall.

Reindeer next door

Reindeer next door

2     This good news story came my way so I’m sharing it with you.

A Good Deed

A Good Deed

“Yesterday this pile of blankets was all over the ground filthy, partially wet and frozen having been slept in the night before. I saw a D.C. city worker putting the stuff into what looked like a trash bag. Then this morning I walk by the same spot and see the blankets had been washed and folded… Made me smile”

3    As I unwrapped the present from Daughter No 3 and family yesterday, I began to smile and that smile has not left me! L said she was delighted when she found this small sculpture for us as she felt that it was just perfect and it is!

Mum and Dad and their boat by Sally Dunham

Mum and Dad and their boat by Sally Dunham

 

 

 

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Peace Exhibition, VW Camper Van and Junk Yard

1   We went to Marazion today to a fascinating exhibition put on by the local Quaker group.

Poster

Poster

There was a very moving and informative display which told of the experiences of three local Quakers and their harrowing dilemmas with the peace testimony. Through poetry, photos, quotations and sculpture, attitudes to peace and war were examined and the role of the Conscientious Objector made clear. If you are one of my local readers, do go along. It’s on for four more days and is well worth your time.

2   When there, walking along the front, we saw a VW Camper van all decked out for a wedding and the wedding party were on the beach.

Wedding van

Wedding van

3   On our way home, we called in at our favourite reclamation yard, Shiver Me Timbers, always full of quirky objects and today was no different. Click on any photo for an enlargement.

On the way home we passed this beautiful Cornish Cottage.

Beautiful Cornish cottage

Typical Cornish cottage

 

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Sensing Spaces, Macarons and Poem on the Underground

1. The Sensing Spaces exhibition at The Royal Academy is fabulous! If you are in London, don’t miss it. Come on a brief tour with me.

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All the exhibits are interactive. The towers can be climbed up inside on spiral staircases and the golden angels can be seen in close up. The straw construction is being made by the visitors who are encouraged to add to the display. My offering was of plaited purple and green straws in a circle. The big wooden maze is entrancing and mind blowing as one encounters the mirrors and the noise of the pebbles underfoot. The smell of the wood reminds one of cut wood, a lovely smell.

2. Near the Royal Academy there is a beautiful shop that sells Les Macarons a la Ganache and I treated us all to a few for dessert tonight. Delicious!

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3 Travelling home on the underground we were treated to one of the series of Poems on the Underground. I just love this one which is new to me. I hope you like it too. To me, it conjures up supper in the warmth of a Greek Island…..

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Poems on the Underground is such a delightful idea. Well done to somebody!

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Bus Ride, Volunteering and Little Treasures

1   I took the bus into Truro this morning and was delighted to find it was a double decker so I was able to get some pleasing shots of the countryside we went through.

The sea from the bus

The sea from the bus

I love the green of Spring leaves, from the bus

I love the green of Spring leaves, from the bus

Truro Cathedral from the bus

Truro Cathedral from the bus

2   I spent most of the day volunteering at the Royal Cornwall Museum helping with the Wildworks project, The Museum of Us. The fabulous Cabinet of Curiosities is filled with treasures from Cornwall, most collected by Jane Darke, from Porthcothan and other beaches in North Cornwall. If you are reading this and live anywhere near Truro,  do come and marvel at the stuff inside the cupboards and drawers and bring in an object that means Cornwall to you. The project aims to collect objects that will be displayed in the cabinet and become The Museum of Us. Do click on the photos to see the detail and to read the labels.

The Cabinet

The Cabinet

Drawer in the Cabinet, all found on Cornish beaches

Drawer in the Cabinet, all items found on Cornish beaches

Driftwood from all over the world washed up onto North Cornish beaches

Driftwood from all over the world washed up onto North Cornish beaches

Mum and the two girls at the cabinet with Jane Darke

Mum and the two girls at the Cabinet with Jane Darke

3   Two lovely little girls, aged about 6 and 4, came in with their Mum and their shoebox of treasures collected on Treyarno Beach and showed them to me explaining why they loved them. I loved the piece of Cornish stone that Poppy had embellished so prettily and she was happy for me to take photos of her special beach-found treasures.

Poppy's treasure box

Poppy’s treasure box

Poppy's beautifully decorated stone

Poppy’s beautifully decorated stone

Corn husk, found by Poppy, possibly come over on the seas from America

Corn husk, found by Poppy, possibly come over on the seas from America

Storm Trooper's hat, found by Poppy

Storm Trooper’s hat, found by Poppy on Treyarno Beach

Favourite little treasures

Favourite little treasures

 

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