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Free Day in Lisbon

We escaped the tour today to do our own thing –  visit The Gulbenkian Museum and Modern Art Gallery, have a picnic lunch, walk in the Eduardo VII Parque and finish with a jacuzzi!


Madame Claude Monet by Renoir

The Stocking by Mary Cassat, one of my favourite artists.

Beautifully worn Library steps

Delightfully naughty little Cherubs in the tapestry from Mantua dated 1540

Gorgeous grasses in the gardens, only 6″ high.

More to add after dinner! And here I am, back again!

Seed pods found in the Parque.

View from the fountain in the park right down to the sea.

Mother’s elegant toes followed by baby’s chubby toes.


A Fig tree growing inside an Olive tree.

 

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Sightseeing in Lisbon

What a lot of walking and what a lot of lovely things to see. Join us on our stomp!

Pavement designs of city emblem.


A superb example of Manueline  architecture.


Discombobulating design that makes one feel that the earth is moving, reminiscent of the earthquake.

Children on a school trip.

Colourful market produce in Mercado de Ribeiro.

After the funicular ride.

Making the best of a hole in the wall!

Fatima’s hands.

A fabulous shop full of things I could buy! All I bought was a scarf but that might change if we return tomorrow…..

I love the detail in the cloth  of this young newspaper boy.



Lamps on three corners.

Pasteis de natal which we had at the end of the afternoon in a small cafe near our hotel.

 

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Exeter, Lunch and The Copse

A late decision to go shopping in Exeter proved to be a very good one. After a couple of hours, (and a new camera for me!) we met our eldest for lunch, a real treat as we haven’t seen her since the Golden Wedding events. Driving home, everyone in Cornwall recognises the Copse that says, “You are nearly home!” Do join me in the gallery to enjoy the beautiful things I spotted while on walkabout. Click on any photo for the caption and more detail.

 

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Mary Michell, A Conker and Good Thoughts

On 19th September, our American friends and we were treated to an historical tour of St Day. Part of our walk was to the old Church of St Day and even inside as our historian friend from the village had acquired the key! Inside the Church was a statue that I found very moving. I loved the delicacy of and the expression on her face, the care with which the folds of her dress and waves of her hair were recreated in stone and I looked at her for some time before reading the engraving beneath and discovering that she had died at only eighteen.

I loved this statue to commemorate Mary inside the old Church in St Day

Today Lesley has shared with me the research she has just completed into Mary’s short life. As she said, have your tissues ready. Click on the red link to read the story,  Monument to a lost bride

Remembering Mary

I had a lovely time singing with friends this afternoon. As I parked and began to walk down the lane, a conker fell on my head!

Conker

 

This came my way the other day and I liked it.

 
 

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Lo Yisa Goy, Autumn Rain and Garden View

I told you a couple of weeks ago that my choirs were leaning a new song for our part in World Peace Day tomorrow. Here is a recording sent to me today by our choir leader.    

After a couple of sunny days a front is moving through and so we have had Autumn rain. Here is a poem by Mary Oliver to celebrate  Rain


Last Night the Rain Spoke To Me – Mary Oliver

Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,

what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again

in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,

smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches

and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing

under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,

and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment,
at which moment

my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars

and the soft rain—
imagine! imagine!
the wild and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

Here is a view from indoors of our Tinner’s Hound in our rainy garden. He is still laughing!

Tinner’s Hound by David Kemp

 

 

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Wedding, Poldark and Neptune

I met with a lovely young couple this afternoon in Charlestown for a run-through of their wedding which will be tomorrow afternoon. The place was full as Poldark was being filmed! I managed a couple of photos before I was told no photos were allowed. That didn’t stop me!  On the way out of town we stopped to take a photo of the sculpture I had noticed on the way in – Neptune carved out of an old tree trunk.

 

 
 

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In the Grounds of Falmouth University

Quite an adventure this morning as a good friend from choir and I navigated the many paths through the grounds to try to find the AMATA, Academy of Music and Theatre Arts at Falmouth University where our choir were rehearsing this morning. What a beautiful environment to study in!

 

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