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Baking, Making and Scraww

The day started with us making Chocolate Croissants together.

Chocolate Croissant

I told the LiveWires about the show, Scraww, that we were going to see this evening at Trebah and that we would all be birds and they as children, would be fledglings. ‘We need wings!’  was their reaction so  we spent all morning designing and making wings!

Sewing the back and front together

Wearing their wings at Trebah

The show was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed by both LiveWires. The wireless technology worked a treat  and the whole event was so exciting for them both. If you live in Cornwall and can find/borrow some children to take, you will experience something rather beautiful and very imaginative. Click on any photo for the bigger version and detail.

Please forgive me for not reading blogs, replying to comments right now. As you can no doubt tell, every moment is taken up with the lovely LiveWires.

From the Trebah website:

“The birds of the world have gathered; join the flock on an epic quest to find the legendary Simorgh bird. A feather fuelled, technically immersive journey into Persian poetry… prepare to elect your new king!
 
This summer Trebah Garden and Gaggle Haus present the epic Persian tale SCRAWW, told via an immersive soundtrack created by international sound designer and composer Max Pappenheim. Audiences will don “silent disco style” headphones, join a flock and put on their feathers as they get led through the garden, experiencing live performance blended with Max’s score. Paths and plots twist as the flock move through this truly immersive soundscape before reaching the finale on Trebah’s picturesque private beach.
 
SCRAWW is an exciting co-production between Trebah and Gaggle Haus, introducing international talent to the landscape and performing arts sector of Cornwall. “A genre-bending operatic and digital piece of pure perfection!”
 
The Gaggle Haus team includes Director Anna Pool (opera, theatre and music maker); Lila Palmer (librettist) and Anna Driftmeir (scenographer and production designer), a team of acclaimed makers, who have worked across Europe and in the United States.”
 

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Spider’s Web, Nasturtium and Millet

It rained overnight and left our garden covered in diamonds. My turn to make the tea, I was down very early and went out in my pjs to take these photos. As soon as the sun came up the diamonds disappeared.

It was the Web between the Agapanthus buds that first caught my eye.

Raindrops 1

Next, I noticed the Nasturtiums, themselves already jewel coloured and then embellished with diamond drops.

Raindrops 2

And then the Millet, encrusted with the same shiny beauties.

Raindrops 3

I was very glad to have been the early bird this morning, starting my day with such soul-pleasing beauty.

 

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Meal Out, Prosecco and Steve McQueen

Off to our favourite place for a celebratory meal tonight – where the food is scrumptious, the atmosphere warm and friendly and the service impeccable.

The Royal Oak at Perranwell

My glass of Prosecco

In the ladies loo there is a gallery of gorgeous men – double Steve McQueen along with Cary Grant, Robert Redford,  Paul Newman and others!  Apparently, David Beckham recently fell off the wall and is awaiting a new frame!

Steve McQueen on the wall and in the mirror

 

 
 

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Willow, Joy and Night Flowers

The Ingleheart Singers (and I)  went to sing at Troon Primary School Summer Fair this afternoon in the sunshine and it was lovely. In the play area there is a delightful Growing Willow tunnel for the youngsters to run through. We rehearse at the school every week but I have never seen this entrancing play space before.

Growing willow play space

I found a Ted Talk that you might like to watch, talking about joy and how to find it in your life.

Our Night Scented Stocks are filling the garden with their remarkable scent –  a joy to experience. We have grown such flowers for 40+ years and many years ago, when Daughter No 2 didn’t sleep too well at 2-3 years old, her daddy, the lovely Mr S, used to carry her out into the dark garden for her to smell ‘the night flowers’ and then she could go back to sleep. I wish I could send you the scent through the ether.

The little mauve and white flowers are the Night Scented Stock

 

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Flowers, Bubbles and Singers

It was the 2nd Redruth Monthly Street Market today and once again, it was full of colour and fun, stalls and singers. The hanging baskets around our town are looking gorgeous.

On the Clock Tower, on the corner of Market Way

The Buttermarket was hung with bunting, someone was blowing bubbles, people sat around drinking coffees and cold drinks …….

Bubbles and Bunting

………. and listening to The Red River Singers singing Cornish songs and shanties. A lovely happy morning was had by all. I love our little town!

The fabulous Red River Singers

 

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Cosmos, Lupins and A Poem

We have said goodbye to a friend today, a Humanist and a Socialist. We each took a red rose to put on his coffin and it was very beautiful . We listened to John Lennon’s Imagine and to an anti-fascist song, one which I sing with my choir, Bella Ciao, amongst the memories and life stories and it was all very moving.

Our white garden is very pleasing. White Cosmos in one border and the Lupins in another.

White Cosmos

White Lupin Spires, just standing there

I love the poetry of Seamus Heaney and this one is another delight.

Lupins – Seamus Heaney

They stood. And stood for something. Just by standing.
In waiting. Unavailable. But there
For sure. Sure and unbending.
Rose-fingered dawn’s and navy midnight’s flower.

Seed packets to begin with, pink and azure,
Sifting lightness and small jittery promise:
Lupin spires, erotics of the future,
Lip-brush of the blue and earth’s deep purchase.

O pastel turrets, pods and tapering stalks
That stood their ground for all our summer wending
And even when they blanched would never balk.
And none of this surpassed our understanding.

 

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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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