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Our Nephew, Singing and Cats

Our nephew, Mark Galen Lucas, is an artist in glass and his work is remarkable. He has given me permission to show you this beautiful piece about which he says, “This piece is about depression. As one hand is trying to evolve and flower, the other plucks the petals not allowing anything unfamiliar to take hold.”

Molecular Self-destruction by Mark Galen Lucas

We are learning ‘Lean on Me’ at choir, ready for singing at World Refugee Day on Wednesday. The arrangement by our leader, Claire Ingleheart,  is sounding amazing. I’ll give you a recording after Wednesday’s performance.

Two of next door’s cats visited this evening.

England won!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in art, Beauty, garden, glass, nature, Postaday2018

 

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Seed Head, Veg Trug and Knitting

After the mizzle this morning the Clematis seed heads were beautifully covered in little droplets.

Isn’t this just exquisite?

Our all-edibles trug is looking luscious! Various Lettuces, Thyme, Gives, Borage, Nasturtiums and tiny Violas, almost in flower, all ready for salads in the weeks to come.

I love the ferns underneath too, makes this a piece of art!

I have been knitting again – squares this time for the WildWorks’ production, “UnEarth” which will be in the Lost Gardens of Heligan in July.  I have taken a couple of paragraphs from their blog that explain both the story and the reason for the knitting.  See below the photo.

My first 4 squares, handed over today

“The show, which will be at The Lost Gardens of Heligan from 3rd to 22nd July, is a story of war, love, loss and hope. It explores what happens when war is over. It’s been co-commissioned by Heligan and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. 100: UnEarth forms part of 14-18 NOW’s 2018 season marking 100 years since the Armistice.

During WWI people back home were asked to do many things, work in factories, work the land and knit. They were asked to knit items to send to the troops overseas. Women were also tasked with working in munition factories. We’ve combined the knitting and the munition historical references and will be creating a knitted torpedo – an artwork that will feature as a part of the show.”

Afterwards, the squares will be restitched into blankets.

 

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A Visitor, Nasturtium and Wild Strawberries

The Bengal Cat came to call again. We haven’t seen him for several months and were pleased to have him stop by again. His markings are so beautiful.

Bengal cat

We have some Nasturtium flowers on the pan stand. When it becomes a tower of flowers, I will show you the whole thing.

Nasturtium

I found a few wild strawberries in the herb wall this afternoon. I ate the first one and brought the rest in to  share.

Tiny wild strawberries

 

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Millicent Fawcett, Lavender and Another Hero

We went on a bit of a pilgrimage today to find the new statue of Millicent Fawcett, Leader of the Suffragists, in Parliament Square, the only statue to a female among eleven men!

Millicent Fawcett

The detail on the statue is fabulous – the fabric and folds of her coat, her leather boots, her jewellery and the stitching effect on her banner…

There was a beautiful border of bee laden Lavender just nearby.

Lavender

Another of my heroes was in the square – Nelson Mandela, again with intricate detail in the bronze.

Nelson Mandela

 

 

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A Celebration of Women

What a fabulous afternoon being a part of celebrating the Centenary of some women getting the vote! We all gathered in Mawnan Smith – The Mawnan Smith W I, singers from my choirs, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and many supporters and we marched along to Trebah Gardens, singing some of the way when we had enough breath! We finished in the amphitheatre  and sang for all the wonderful people who had joined us along the way. Such a wonderful feeling of solidarity, such a deep feeling of community and an acknowledgement that there is still some way to go and that we must carry on where our sisters have fought before. Click on any photo for a bigger view and the caption.

Votes for Women!

 

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Rose, Dendrites and Raspberries

Just look at this glorious rose! It was a present from dear friends for our Golden Wedding Anniversary last summer. It smells divine as well as looking so spectacular.

Crown Princess Margareta

We are late in cleaning our terrace this year but the joy in discovering the dendrites anew each year is still a delight.

Dendrites

We have made a cage around our Raspberry bed this afternoon to protect the fruit from the birds.

Raspberry cage

 

 

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Cake, Buoy and A Singing Trip

I made a vegan Chocolate, Date and Coffee cake for our shared supper on board for The Suitcases boat trip from Falmouth to Mylor to sing and then along the River past all the lovely creeks and inlets.    Our singing went down well with our audiences.  Click on any photo for the caption and a bigger view.

 

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