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Syrup Sponge, Buttercups and William Morris

Yesterday I made two small syrup sponges, one for us and one for next door. B described his as nectar!

I received a beautiful gift this evening – a photograph of bright yellow buttercups – from an ex-pupil who later became a colleague and of whom I am immensely proud.  This was her message:  “On my walk this afternoon I came across these buttercups Sally, and for some reason I thought of you. I thought I must show these to Sally! So here they are.”

Buttercups from Natalie

William Morris was an author, artist and craftsman as well as a  committed political radical and today is the 183rd anniversary of his birth. I give you a print which he designed and a quotation that I love:

“I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few,
or freedom for a few.”

 

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Calm, Cushion and Ballet Rambert

I love the Penryn River in all its moods and love that I sing every week with the river in view.

We can all adjust our sails!

We have been to see Ballet Rambert tonight – three wonderful dances but Ghost Dances is the best ever. We first saw the dance sometime in the 1980s and loved it then. It is a most powerful piece that didn’t disappoint tonight. If you ever get the chance to see it, please do.

From the programme.

 

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Catkins, Crafting and Advice

There are just a few catkins left on the Corkscrew Hazel in our neighbours’ garden.

We were at the Children’s Centre again today, working with the young Mums on an installation for the St Euny project. They are making memory boxes telling of current lives to complement the stories of past lives we are telling in ‘Until the Day Break’. These two boxes are still unfinished but looking quite beautiful already. There was a lovely happy atmosphere all afternoon.

I loved this advice for parents hanging in the centre.

 

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Blossom, Steam Roller and Charles Causley

My walk today took me past a beautiful Blackthorn hedge where the blossom was light and frothy.

Coming home, I came across a steam roller, only it wasn’t steam driven, of course, but I was reminded of how I loved to watch the steamroller at work smoothing out the surface and of the glorious smell of tarmac!

It is 100 years since the birth of Charles Causley this year (24th August) and tonight I am going to a celebration of his work. I used many of his poems when I was teaching and they were always well received by pupils. This was a particular favourite. As Causley himself said, this was about a real boy – and I find it saddening that there are still children living in poverty in our country today.

Timothy Winters

Timothy Winters comes to school
With eyes as wide as a football pool,
Ears like bombs and teeth like splinters:
A blitz of a boy is Timothy Winters.His belly is white, his neck is dark,
And his hair is an exclamation mark.
His clothes are enough to scare a crow
And through his britches the blue winds blow.When teacher talks he won’t hear a word
And he shoots down dead the arithmetic-bird,
He licks the patterns off his plate
And he’s not even heard of the Welfare State.

Timothy Winters has bloody feet
And he lives in a house on Suez Street,
He sleeps in a sack on the kitchen floor
And they say there aren’t boys like him any more.

Old man Winters likes his beer
And his missus ran off with a bombardier.
Grandma sits in the grate with a gin
And Timothy’s dosed with an aspirin.

The Welfare Worker lies awake
But the law’s as tricky as a ten-foot snake,
So Timothy Winters drinks his cup
And slowly goes on growing up.

At Morning Prayers the Master helves
For children less fortunate than ourselves,
And the loudest response in the room is when
Timothy Winters roars “Amen!”

So come one angel, come on ten:
Timothy Winters says “Amen
Amen amen amen amen.”
Timothy Winters, Lord.
                  Amen!

 

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International Day of Happiness, Flowers and The Sea

It is the International Day of Happiness and I wish you all the happiness that you seek. I have my good friend Valerie to thank for serendipitously giving me this quotation at the weekend.

I don’t believe there was ever anybody who loved being happy as much as I did. What I mean is that I was so acutely conscious of being happy, so appreciative of it; that I wasn’t ever bored, and was always and continuously grateful for the whole delicious loveliness of the world.”

Elizabeth von Arnim. Author of Elizabeth and her German Garden

My happiness is found in my family, with friends, in creating stuff, in singing and in nature – indeed in the “whole delicious loveliness of the world.”

 

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Feather, Petals, Moss and Lichen

My walk the other day in Burncoose gardens was so beautiful, I took the lovely Mr S around today and it didn’t disappoint! Join us for another beautiful walkabout.

Click on any photo for greater detail.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Atop

His leap into the air, prior to entering the water, put this surfer atop the waves.

For others in this Challenge, click here.

 

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