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Origo Mundi, Kresen Kernow and A Butterfly

The Ordinalia is being played in St Just at the Plain an Gwarry.
“The Ordinalia Cycle of scripts and stage plans consist of 3 plays written in the late 14th century: The Creation of the World ; The Passion , and The Resurrection. The aim of the original performances was to impress the Christian bible stories on the local population, and so they were performed by local people, with local place names, jokes etc. to have general appeal.
The three plays together cover the whole scope of the bible stories from the beginning of the world to doomsday.
The plays, although similar to the mystery plays of the North of England, are unique to Cornwall and an important part of its heritage. They are the oldest surviving trilogy of theatrical plays in Britain.
St Just’s Plen an Gwari is the oldest working open air theatre space in Britain.
Under the autumn sunsets and the dark skies of West Cornwall, we are creating a true celebration of Cornish cultural life. We have assembled a company of professionals, semi-professionals and talented volunteers who are creating a community led production in an historic setting – supported by a core group of people who were involved with the 2000 – 2004 productions.”

Last night we went to see the first play of the trilogy, Origo Mundi and it was fabulous, so full of life and humour. Enjoy a taste through the photos. If you live locally, there are still tickets available for the last few shows this week.

The apple tree

The fabulous Ark

The burning bush is so bright, God needed sunglasses.

The burning bush is so bright, God needed sunglasses.

The parting of the Red Sea

This morning we went to Kresen Kernow to see the exhibition of the original Ordinalia texts – what a treat!

In the grounds were some Buddleia bushes, alive with butterflies.

 

 

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Wow! 40th Anniversary of Greenham Common

It has been 40 years since the first women marched from Wales to set up the legendary Greenham Women’s Peace Camp  outside RAF Greenham Common to protest at the US military storing nuclear weapons on common land. They arrived on the 5th September 1981.
This event is sadly largely written out of history even though it remains the largest female-led protest since suffrage. Greenham Women Everywhere want to get people talking about the achievements of the protest again and have re-created the march, following the original route as closely as possible, and staying overnight in the areas they stayed.

Two of my friends, Claire, my choir leader, right, and Becca have been marching (and singing) from Cardiff to Greenham Common over the last 10 days and I am in awe of their dedication and their stamina! They have arrived this evening and what follows is a selection of their photographs and their commentary as they walked the 120 miles.

At the end of the first day –
“Peggy Seeger’s song, How I long for Peace, was sung by Frankie Armstrong at tonight’s event! It’s been a hell of a day, soooooo inspiring and fascinating talking to all the women, singing with them and hearing their stories. It feels a complete honour to be here. This morning we heard a speech by Anne Pettit, the woman who came up with the idea of the walk, 40 years ago and persuaded 3 of her friends to help plan it with her.”

They sent us signposts to show us where they were.

“Wow, what a reception in Bristol yesterday!!! Dozens of people waiting for us on Horfield common with banners and walked the final 2 hours with us then we were greeted by a live band and a spontaneous sing and dance occurred! Lots of folk walking with us today, maybe 40? Numbers vary constantly  and we have support vehicle for anyone who needs rescuing xx”

Banners are an integral part of the march as they were on the original event.

“I think we will have walked about 70 miles by the time we reach Melksham this evening. Each town we’re welcomed by a welcome committee then there is an evening event with different speakers.. It’s exhausting and inspiring! Most evenings we don’t eat until 9 or 10. Last night’s speaker was Dr Lynn Jones, she was brilliant!!! Hope all is good with all of you in Cornwall xxx”

“Ah, an early finish today for the first time! Lovely walking along the canal and joined again by inspiring women who shared their stories.

“The welcome party and talks today took place under a tree in a park with the mayor of Devizes.
Then there was a speaker from Afghanistan. It was very moving. Her name is Zarghona Rassa. Originally from Afghanistan. Came to the UK, London 1994 with two children age 7 & 3.
She’s the Founder of the British Afghan Women’s Society who are currently supporting people in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Mordan

“Arrived in Marlborough…..Claire comments on some amazing young women who have now joined the march, so important that youngsters know their history.

And they have arrived, earlier this evening! So proud of them all, so wish I could have been with them but I was taken along in spirit!

What an achievement! Do click on the link above for a fascinating read.

 
 

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Dessert, A Gift and Pie

After a lovely day yesterday, we cooked dinner together –  Duck Confit which is our go-to celebration meal. Our dessert was a glass of Lime Cheesecake mixed with layers of ginger biscuits – delicious!

Very dear friends came for coffee and cake in the garden this morning, N&G and G’s 102 year old Mum, Ti. We had a lovely time chatting in the sunshine. It’s a long time since we were all together and plan on doing it again very soon. They brought us a box of goodies for our Anniversary, full of homegrown and homemade  treats, absolutely delightful.

With the leftover duck from last night, I made Duck and Lentil pie.The first time we ate this amazing pie was in Tournon D’Agenais in the South West of France where we had rented a gite.   That was where we first developed our taste for confit duck, now a very favourite dinner.

Duck and Lentil Pie

 

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Wedding Anniversary – 54 Years Together

What a lovely day! First, a lazy breakfast with an exchange of cards which started the day with gales of laughter!

We had bought each other the same card!

After a delicious salad lunch with a very pretty tomato, a gift from Sue-next-door, we went to visit friends for a catch up in their field and that was a lot of fun.  We had to leave rather early as we had a booking for a Cornish Cream Tea at The Meudon Hotel.

We walked off our delicious scones with jam and cream by walking through the valley to the beach. Join us – it’s like a magical jungle at the moment.

 

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Fiftieth Party, Thali and A Bike

Today is Claire’s birthday and all her pals came together at the Eco park for a thali  and some Irish music, to see her presented with her birthday present and to hear the wonderful speech given by one of her beautiful daughters – just a few photos from a colourful evening full of love.

We had all contributed to Claire’s present, an electric bike, and here she has just been presented with a cardboard cutout and a voucher  so that she can go and choose what she wants.


 

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Bouquet, A Shed and Cat’s Eyes

It was our last session for singing with The Suitcase Singers until September  and next week is our lovely choir leader’s half century birthday. To make it special each member of the choir was asked to bring a couple of blooms or greenery from their garden so that we could put together a more personal bunch than one from a shop. The resulting bouquet was absolutely amazing, full of colour and scent and most of all, full of our love for Claire

Thanks to Mandy Rolleston for this photo. There’s a new shed at the allotment and it is gorgeous!

Coming back up Church Lane after watering and harvesting this evening, we met a new cat. Just look at its eyes!

 

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Party, Garden and Sunset

Party time next door as we celebrated the walls going up fo Sue’s studio.

Our Suffragette garden is waking up again with the geranium and cistus coming into flower.

Tonight’s sunset was glorious.

 

Bluebells, Cake and Signs

The bluebells at Godolphin are superb and my photo doesn’t really do them justice. Everywhere you look there are carpets of blue.

We were there to meet with friends for a celebration of our Dear Friend, Ti’s, 102nd birthday!  Godolphin is where she generally celebrates her birthday. When she was 99 she walked to the top of the hill, her 100th was on the beach at Gylly Beach, the next year, after a broken hip, she went half way up Godolphin Hill and this year we picnicked in the lower field. Here is the cake and some of her cards.

On our drive there I noticed two charming signs, ones only to be found, I think, in country lanes. On the way back I managed the photos from the moving car.

PS Had a message from WordPress today to day that my blog has had 50,000 views!

 

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Amazing Swim Hats

Words and photos from our lovely neighbour:-   “Perfect morning for the inaugural outing of the Wild Swim Hats – 8.00am, calm sea, light winds, seventeen elated swimmers from the Gorran Haven Coldwater Crew, a film crew in wetsuits, ditto Steve Tanner taking photos, me and Meier Williams, clutching each other, weeping with joy, relief and grief (we both have people we would have LOVED to have shared this moment with). But mostly just gloriously happy to be standing on the edge of the shore witnessing this crazy thing…….”

Ready to swim

 

 

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Two Days to Note and Spring Flowers

I’m marking two special days today, World Down Syndrome Day  and International Poetry Day with a poem about the Human Family from a poet I admire greatly, Maya Angelou. You’ll find more of her poems here if you put her name in the search bar. This post and poem are for my friends, R,T and their wonderful little boy, A. You can read more about them here.

Human Family by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

There are Primroses everywhere in Cornwall in Spring and the Violets are just beginning to show.

For my cousin, Wendy

 

 

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