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What a Difference a Day Makes!

How lucky we were with the sunny weather on our Sketching day yesterday! Then, our Tete a Tetes in our Three Wise Monkeys planter threw an early morning shadow on the wall that pleased me. Today has been another day of relentless rain and the monkeys, the flowers, the webs and the coconut fibre are all dripping. Click on the photo to see all the individual raindrops.

Sunshine and shadows

Dripping!

The unique copper planter was made especially for me by Jeremy Beswick, We are very lucky to have several pieces of his beautiful copper work.

It has been an indoors day and we spent the morning making a delicious ‘lunch on Sunday’ for some very dear friends (We don’t do traditional Sunday lunch!) We had a lovely time catching up and then spent the afternoon reading and watching a very exciting and pleasing football match!

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in art, Beauty, friendship, Postaday2018, sculpture

 

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Umbrellas, Memorial and A Robin

Walking through Bodmin this morning, we passed this colourful arcade full of umbrellas.

Umbrella arcade

In the car park, I was delighted to see that this memorial  is for all dogs to get a drink from and is in memory of a couple, special to their owners as all pets are. Thought of you and Bertie, Mandy, with love.

Memorial

Once home, the Robin, who frequently perches on our sculpture but who usually flies off before I can grab my camera, stayed put long enough for this photo.

Fledgling with Robin

 

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Cherry Blossom, TED talk and Resurrection

The Cherry tree down the road is just coming into blossom and it is delicate and gorgeous.

First Cherry blossom

You may remember us seeing the magnificent  Man Engine in 2016. I posted about it here and here. Here is a brilliant TED talk by Will Coleman who was the driving force behind the project. His talk is both fascinating and moving. Do click and watch.

I am thrilled to have been invited, along with both the choirs I sing with, to be a singer in the local Resurrection Tour when the Man Engine will again rise up and tour, not just Cornwall but into Wales and up to Yorkshire. (Wentworth Woodhouse for my friends in the North – don’t miss it!). To be a part of that will be such a privilege.

An odd thought – As I was checking the preview, suddenly Cherry Blossom meant shoe polish to me and may do to others of my generation. I was taken back in time to the tin and the smell and to my dear Dad polishing the family’s shoes for the next day, different brushes for applying the different colours, yet more brushes for the shine up and a soft velvet pad for the final immaculate finish.  A lovely memory of a lovely man.

 

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Snow! Centenary and A Song

We woke to snow! What a treat for us here in Cornwall and it was all gone by lunchtime. Click on any photo for a wider view.

 

Today is the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage, 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. It was legislation that enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later. I have been publishing Suffragette Diary as my contribution to the Cause. Today has brought some special news and a song.

In my post yesterday, I shared my research which had led me to think that the anonymous Suffragette was, in fact, Gladys Roberts.  To my delight, that has been confirmed today by a researcher friend. Thank you, Lesley . And that is not all……

Lesley has also discovered information about my Great Granny, Mrs Wiseman, whom we knew had been force fed in Holloway for which she received the Holloway Brooch but we knew no more.   Now we know what Mary Wiseman did. At 53, she was an activist in Manchester and joined several other women in London in an attempt to present a petition to the Prime Minister. When the police tried to prevent the women, they ‘obstructed’ and some hit the police. For this they were arrested, taken to the Magistrate’s court and imprisoned.  One of the cuttings mentions Winston Churchill watching from behind the railings!

Cornishman 8 April 1909

Newspaper image ©The British Library Board. All rights reserved. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

I had a message as I started to transcribe the Diary from a songwriter who wanted to use it in creating a song about Suffragettes. ‘Of course,’ I said  and here is the song, many phrases of which you will recognise if you have read the Diary. Thank you, Matt, it’s brilliant!  https://museumsongwriter.wordpress.com/the-songs/

 

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Boat and Vivaldi by Candlelight

I could only stay for half tonight’s Inglehearts’ session as we were booked to see Vivaldi by Candlelight at The Hall for Cornwall. In the corridor at the school was another paper sculpture lantern – The Troon.

Troon boat

We thoroughly enjoyed the concert by The Locrian Ensemble.

The stage

From the programme

The locrian Ensemble - photo by Nadia Hubbard.

The Locrian Ensemble – photo by Nadia Hubbard

 

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My Dad, Marmalade and Welly Dog

The rain has been relentless today so, in honour of my Dad whose birthday it is today, we have made more Marmalade using the Seville Oranges I froze a week ago. Dad was the marmalade maker in our house as I was growing up so he is always with me in the kitchen at this time of year as we take advantage of the new crop of Sevilles as they come into the shops for their all-too-brief season. He is with me in the smells and the preparation, the chopping up and the boiling and in the delighted satisfaction with all the golden jars that will last us a year (with the rest made last week!) The two tiny jars are ‘Breakfast-in-bed’ jars!  There are more on the shelves from the last batch……

Jars and jars of the delicious stuff

A frozen orange with ice blobs

I mentioned the incessant  rain …. Welly Dog smiles in all weathers and I love him to bits though Muker, our copper Rook whom we bought in the village of that name in North Yorkshire many years ago, looks somewhat forlorn, though he too is much loved.

Welly dog and Muker through a rain-soaked window

 

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Spaceship, Door and Sanskrit Wisdom

My Monday choir rehearses in a Primary School and this evening, I was treated to two things to make me smile (as well as our singing, of course) One, in the hall, a paper Spaceship for a lantern parade and on our way out, one of the classroom doors which must delight the pupils.

Spaceship

Classroom door

The following piece of ancient Sanskrit writing, I found when our tiny baby son was undergoing heart surgery where the surgeons gave him odds of 60:40 against his survival. It helped me then and has taken me through other difficult times and, though I am not in need of it right now, I have a number of friends who are and it is for them that I post this here today. If it works for you, then it is for you too, with love.

 

Look to this day
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and truths of existence –
The joy of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of beauty.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived
Makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope

 

 
 

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