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Cherry Blossom, TED talk and Resurrection

The Cherry tree down the road is just coming into blossom and it is delicate and gorgeous.

First Cherry blossom

You may remember us seeing the magnificent  Man Engine in 2016. I posted about it here and here. Here is a brilliant TED talk by Will Coleman who was the driving force behind the project. His talk is both fascinating and moving. Do click and watch.

I am thrilled to have been invited, along with both the choirs I sing with, to be a singer in the local Resurrection Tour when the Man Engine will again rise up and tour, not just Cornwall but into Wales and up to Yorkshire. (Wentworth Woodhouse for my friends in the North – don’t miss it!). To be a part of that will be such a privilege.

An odd thought – As I was checking the preview, suddenly Cherry Blossom meant shoe polish to me and may do to others of my generation. I was taken back in time to the tin and the smell and to my dear Dad polishing the family’s shoes for the next day, different brushes for applying the different colours, yet more brushes for the shine up and a soft velvet pad for the final immaculate finish.  A lovely memory of a lovely man.

 

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Christmas Leftovers

A quiet day today, making Christmas Leftovers Soup, reading and resting. This year we had our locally grown, organic turkey boned and rolled and I asked the butcher for the bones and giblets from our bird and any others that he could spare. I was given the bits from three turkeys! I have made the most amazing stock from all these which has formed the base of our CL Soup, the best soup of the year! I have made several pints for later and also made four pots of delicious Turkey Liver Pate, one of which we had for lunch yesterday and the others are in the freezer along with the soup.

Candlelit dining

We have filled the dining room with candles for our festive dinners.

 

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Lights Switch On in Redruth

A delightful parade with the theme of Light, Father Christmas in his green outfit, our small town bursting at the seams, my choirs singing and the lights switch on, followed by the Wassailers – what a splendid evening!

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2017 in Beauty, Celebration, Cornwall, Photography

 

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Delight, Autumn Wreath and A Mural

One of my photos has been published today in The Guardian on their weather pages! I am over the moon! You can find the original here. 

My photo in The Guardian!

Walking through Penryn today, I was drawn to a lovely red door with a wreath of autumn leaves.

Door in Penryn

One of my favourite shops has a new mural, a winter one replacing the sunny, summer one. I love seeing them. The artist  is Elizabeth Perry.

Mural on Just Delights

 

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Dawn, Cornwall Diversity Festival and Supper

Dawn was gorgeous!  I love this time of year when we can see beautiful dawns without getting up too early!

Dawn this morning

We spent a very happy couple of hours at the Cornwall Diversity Food Festival, meeting lots of new people and trying lots of different and very delicious dishes.Cornwall Diversity Food Festival – 18.11.17, Truro

Afterwards we took A to Trelissick where the view just took her breath away, much to our delight.

Tree in Trelissick

Supper was a Yottam Ottolenghi recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Cheese and it was scrumptious.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

 

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Scarf, Fireworks and Siegfried Sassoon

It has been a very grey day today and I have finished my scarf!

Scarf finished

There are fireworks going off tonight, a little odd for Armistice day I feel, but fun to watch if not to listen to. I took the photo through our bedroom window.

British Legion fireworks – this photo is for V in honour of her Mum and mine.

I was a teenager when my Uncle Norman, my Dad’s older brother, gave me a volume of Siegfried Sassoon’s poems.

My present from Uncle Norman

I found them very moving, clear to understand and perhaps they helped form my pacifist outlook. One of my favourites was

Everyone Sang

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight.
Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away … O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.
 

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A Wedding -The Cake, Singing and The View

The Suitcase Singers, with whom I sing every week in Penryn, were invited to sing at a wonderful Wedding today. Our singing was all a surprise for the Bride! It was a fabulous occasion and greatly appreciated which was lovely.

Their Wedding Cake was a wonder to behold – a cake made of cheese!

Cheese cake for the wedding

Waiting to sing for the Bride. Thanks to Anne for the photo.

The rain fell but it marred nothing. The view is still lovely even in Cornish rain.

The view from The Ferryboat Inn across The Helford River

 

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