My Mum was born on Bonfire Night one hundred and five years ago and, as a child, thought that everyone was celebrating her birthday with enormous fires and fireworks lighting up the sky. Memories of my Mum came to the fore a couple of weeks ago when a poet friend sent along this poem which touched me deeply and I was given permission to use it today in honour of my much missed Mum.
Category Archives: Celebration
The Ingleheart Singers have been on their annual boat trip tonight and it was brilliant. We all take food to share on the trip out from Falmouth to St Mawes, then we entertain the punters in the local hostelry and then board the boat for the trip back home. We sing all the way back, entertaining those on the quay side, those in their boats and onshore in Falmouth.
We live in very uncertain times and many of us feel worried. At choir we are learning several songs of strength and resistance written by our leader and I always leave choir feeling stronger and more determined. One of our songs (and I will share them after their debut concert in July) is about standing up in the face of injustice and defending those less able to do so for themselves. I was reminded of these words of Desmond Tutu:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
On Sunday, in Saltash, we waited for the Cornwall Pride Bus and the parade. It was brilliant and very well supported. One of our songs is about being who you want to be and loving who you want to love and I will share that one later too.
I have a friend who is a poet and he has recently had an event where he gave away A Poem on a Paper Bag – a delightful idea. He visited Cornwall last week but we have family here so couldn’t meet up. However, he has sent me my very own Poem on a Paper Bag and here it is, in his very own handwriting. Thank you so much, Kim. I love it – Jackdaws caught to perfection!
Our Dear Friend Ti has been celebrating her 100th birthday today! She wanted a picnic party with a Cornish Cream tea on a local beach with friends and family and for it to be a demonstration about the climate emergency. She says that if Greta Thunberg can speak up for the young people, she can speak up for older generations. What a star she is!
You can see the BBC report here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-48160696?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR02RTrnfVaSHYtzyELHskbcQ8PGDQ9H91md6MKQyRIJYSjdBntQJE2i0qU
My choir, The Suitcase Singers, all came to Gylly Beach as a surprise to sing for her, starting with ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ending with a new song, ‘Voice of Change’ written by Claire Ingleheart, our choir leader, and Jamie Locke, about the Climate Emergency. I will try to get you a recording. It went down well.
Her birthday cake was made for her by a very talented young lady, S, one of Claire’s daughters.
We are going to plant an apple tree that will be in flower every year on Ti’s birthday.
Happy Birthday, Ti! xx
And, just in from Cornwall Live https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/gallery/cornwalls-oldest-climate-protester-celebrates-2834352?fbclid=IwAR3VgU0OmMsTmkXtZiSPtSiclUXLkdsvBn0wLxkEQpZy0cfkfUyG1cYHZMM
We’ve started the work on the Suffragette Garden that needs an overhaul. The blind Narcissi in the first photo are now out and the ground ready for planting.
2. The ground is already for planting…..
3. …… and the Hebes are in, ‘Baby Marie’ which will grow to 40 cms and I hope, in time, they will make a little hedge. The have white flowers but the buds are tinged with purple so will be perfect for this garden.
4. I was given these bulbs for Christmas a few years ago but nothing happened and I had forgotten all about them. This year, here they are in the little wall garden and I don’t know what they are called. Help, anyone?
5. The Narcissi are brightening up a dark corner. I’m hoping Storm Freya, which is on its way won’t beat them down.
6. Now for something completely different! It is St Piran’s Day here in Cornwall and our little town celebrates with a parade and hundreds of daffodils – in every shop window, in lapels, as decoration. It’s great fun!
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It’s my birthday and what a lovely day I am having – special breakfast, cards and presents, phone calls, lunch and birthday shopping in Penzance, a very sociable gathering next door and Duck dinner to come! (And just as I was writing this, two beautiful friends called in – more joy!)
Happy New Year to all my readers! May the coming year bring you happiness, friendship and peace. 🙂