I have spent the whole day in the garden, sitting in the shade within hearing of the fountain, reading. I can’t remember when I last indulged myself like this! I looked up occasionally and watched butterflies, saw the Blue Tit family (who lived in our lighthouse) come to the feeders along with the Goldfinches and others, heard the constant buzzing of busy insects and revelled in the perfume from the Heliotrope, the Jasmine and the Sweet Peas. Our garden has never been quite as prolific. Click on the smaller photos for a bigger view.
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We were practising Ethel Smythe’s Suffragette anthem, “March of the Women” this morning and Claire had moved on from our part to the sopranos so I went on to the balcony to take photos of our beautiful view. (See below.) Just under the balcony were pots of purple flowers in small green planters, serendipitously the colours of the Suffragettes, purple, white and green.
The view, as always, was stunning.
This afternoon, the lovely Mr S and I went to the garden centre to try to find some Runner Bean plants. This beautiful Marmalade Cat was lounging on the counter reminding me of Orlando, the Marmalade Cat, a delightful story book from my childhood and written by Kathleen Hale, Anyone else remember Orlando?
A fabulous sing today in honour of International Women’s day, singing ‘March of the Women’ by Ethel Smythe and C.Hamilton and ‘Oxygen’ by Claire Ingleheart and Natalie McGrath, ‘Oxygen’ by Claire Ingleheart and Natalie McGrath, both rousing songs of determination the first sung here by the Suitcase Singers for International Women’s Day. The next video is a recording of The Ingleheart Singers singing ‘Oxygen’ in Truro Cathedral some years ago.
We bought this book for our LiveWires last Summer – a brilliant and inspiring read, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst, perfect for today.
Leaving Penryn today, I was amused by this house sign.
We are enjoying the birds at the feeders. They don’t seem to be put off by the constant mizzle and wind. I took this photo on a long zoom from inside the kitchen.
I lent some books to a singing friend the other days and had to remove some lovely dried leaves from one of the. I’m not sure where I collected them!
I have just finished reading ‘Truly, Madly,Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty and my goodness, it was a page turner. I was even glad of the rotten weather so that I could sit and turn pages! Another one for you, J, as soon as you want it.
The next part of Suffragette Diary has been posted.
I have finished Helen Dunmore’s last novel, Birdcage Walk, today and it was as gripping as suggested, a thriller that can’t be put down, especially the last third. I love her poetry too.What a loss to the literary world.
The buds of the creamy white Aquilegia in the bunch that I was given last week have now opened and are very lovely.
From my seat across the kitchen, I noticed the lovely reflection of the satsumas in the work top.
It pleases me that sometimes there is a serendipitous linking between my photos – today the warmth of the golden colours.
My favourite birds turned up at the bird feeder this morning, about a dozen of them at the fat balls that I renewed yesterday. By the time I took my photo the skittish little creatures were away! They were truly there until I clicked the camera!
After a fabulous sing this morning, plans went pear-shaped and the less said the better but I now have glasses that I can see through though I was too late for my lift to the singing tonight.
As compensation, we went to see a delightful film, Paddington 2 and a couple of screen shots follow. This beautiful Bear who loves Marmalade sandwiches stole my heart!
It’s been another quiet, stay-at-home, curl-up-with-a-good-book sort of a day today too as Storm Brian blows a hoolie outside. Today, however, we have had the best treat, two hours of having a story read to us! Not just any old story either but the first of Philip Pullman’s brilliant new trilogy, The Book of Dust, read by Simon Russell Beale on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon – two and a half hours of entrancement.
I promised you more of the Onondaga Nation’s Greetings and Thanks to the Natural World. Here are the next two panels.
Tomorrow, the Moon….
Just found this photo which demonstrates the hoolie very well! Thanks to Adam Sprague for this amazing photograph.