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Bunk Bedding, A Sculpture and A Poem

I love getting the beds ready for LiveWire visits! As I write they are on the train and will be here soon and the bunk beds are ready with their favourite bedding.

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Our neighbours are sculptors and quite often build something in the garden before it goes off to its new home. Here are the legs of the next big thing! Check out their website http://www.peteandsuehill.co.uk/ to find out who these enormous legs are going to belong to!

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Today’s  poem is by Fleur Adcock and is in Poem for the Day Two for February 10th. I love the lines “your gentleness  is moulded still by words/from me”  What a responsibility we have to the world to teach our children to be kind and gentle.

For a Five-Year-Old

by Fleur Adcock

A snail is climbing up the window-sill
into your room, after a night of rain.
You call me in to see and I explain
that it would be unkind to leave it there:
it might crawl to the floor; we must take care
that no one squashes it. You understand,
and carry it outside, with careful hand,
to eat a daffodil.

I see, then, that a kind of faith prevails:
your gentleness is moulded still by words
from me, who have trapped mice and shot wild birds,
from me, who drowned your kittens, who betrayed
your closest relatives and who purveyed
the harshest kind of truth to many another,
But that is how things are: I am your mother,
And we are kind to snails.

 

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The Man Engine in Redruth

What an exhilarating spectacle to witness! The Man Engine, on his journey through Cornwall, called in at Redruth today and was greeted by singers and an enormous crowd despite the Cornish mist, which actually seemed quite appropriate.  Here he is at full height, 10.5 meters. Even at rest he is the size of a double decker bus. The slide show below will give you a sense of his rising above the crowd. He can still be seen at various sites as he works his way West through the mining areas of Cornwall. Check out his journey by clicking here.

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CORNISH MINING

Our mining culture shaped your world…

Kernow: the horn-shaped granite kingdom of Cornwall thrusts itself out into the Atlantic Ocean. We are a tiny 0.02% of the planet’s surface yet beneath our rocky shores can be found samples of more than 90% of all mineral species ever identified! Millions of years in the making, the geology of Cornwall is unique. This unbelievable geological treasure (Copper, Tin, Arsenic, Lead, Zinc, Silver, etc) has powered the Cornish people’s endeavour through over 4000 years of mining history: innovation, triumph and heartbreak.

In July 2006 the Cornish mining landscape was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This recognition puts our engine houses, miners’ cottages, grand gardens and miles of labyrinthine underground tunnels on a par with international treasures like Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

The Man Engine project celebrates the ‘Tinth’ anniversary of our World Heritage status as well as the successes and the struggles of the real people whose lives shaped the Cornish Mining Story.

You can read more about him here https://medium.com/balweyth-cornish-mining/the-man-engine-3ad03eff55fb#.u51q3q69c

This is my video of a short part of the Ceremony. https://youtu.be/fq1c47hXaRo

 

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Summer Exhibition, Accordion and Henna

The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is always fascinating. This year two pieces touched my heart. The first is of a child weeping, actually called, ‘Silent Howler’ a sculpture in bronze by Laura Ford. The detail is beautiful, her cardigan, her socks, her hands, her stance. She reminded me of when we first moved to Cornwall when I was six and I lost my Mum. I was outside Littlewoods, crying and snotty. And eventually with my nose bleeding too! Such a beautiful piece   

 The second is a tiny piece of pottery from the Tsunami, called ‘Mending, Substitution, Consolidation, Coupling – Restoration of a Sake bottle collected in Watari-cho after the Tsunami by Aono Fumiaki. 

    

We loved this by Bob and Roberta Smith too. It seems particularly apt for these troubled weeks.

Just outside East Finchley Station was an accordion player making the street sound like a street in Paris.  
  It was the Summer Fair at the Live Wires’ wonderfully multicultural school today and T had a henna pattern put on her hand. 
 

 
 

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Nelly Moser, Thrift Buy and Peggy Seeger

The weather has changed but just look how beautiful these Nelly Moser Clematis flowers are on the small terrace trellis.

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In Floyd in North Carolina,  in a thrift store, I bought a beautiful cockerel carved from one piece of wood by Brad Smith and it throws lovely shadows in the sitting room as the sun sets.by Brad Smith

We are learning a beautiful new song, Love Call Me Home by Peggy Seeger, at choir. Tonight we got all four harmonies for the first verse and it is just lovely.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in art, Beauty, nature, Photography, sculpture

 

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Happiness, Sculptures and Exotic Flora

I loved this, found on the counter at the cafe we go to after singing, Muddy Beach Cafe (which used to be Miss Peapod’s)

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Tremenheere was our destination this afternoon followed by an ice-cream  overlooking St Michael’s Mount. Join us in this gallery. Click on any photo for more detail.

 

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Last Views of Washington and Home

We spent Sunday morning catching all the sights from the Lincoln Monument to the Washington Monument  with the War Memorials in between and on the way to The White House catching The George Washington University Commencement Celebration on the lawns of the park nearby.  It was lovely to see the graduates in their gowns with such smiles and with their families around them.  We left for the airport at 3pm Washington time on 15th May and  arrived home at 4pm on 16th  May, UK time !

 

 

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Elephant, Cake and e e cummings, again

In Lemon Street Market today, the Elephant with Acrobat delighted me.DSCN0345 DSCN0344

In a favourite kitchen shop was a Shaun the Sheep cake. Isn’t he splendid? There was a notice nearby asking that customers please don’t eat the cake!IMG_9862

I posted a delightful e e cummings poem the other day and was reminded of this one too. Hope you like it. It is one of my favourites.

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

 

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