Category Archives: charity

Singing, Harbour and Purple Flowers

It was good to be home in time for this afternoon’s concert with The Suitcase Singers and such fun to be singing in harmony with lovely people again. The audience were very appreciative, we raised a good amount for our two charities  and we all enjoyed our Cornish cream tea after singing.

Poster for this afternoon’s concert

We were overlooking the harbour from the venue and I spotted our boat despite her being without her dodgers which show her name. She, Skippalong, is in the middle of the photo.

Skippalong moored in Falmouth harbour

Walking home I passed this glorious blooming Aubretia.



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Delivery Day, Angels and Snoods

Today I took all the baby hats to the wool shop and was delighted to hear that the Midwife from Treliske Hospital will be collecting all the little hats at the end of the week. We also delivered our two goody packed boxes to one of the Cornwall Christmas box collection points. The idea is to fill them with food for a family for Christmas dinner plus some treats.

Ready for delivery

I hung some angels today and loved that they seem to be flying. Thanks, A!

Paper angels

When we were in Truro on Saturday, I took two snoods hoping to find the two Big Issue people that we buy from and talk to. They were both delighted to be given a Christmas present – one will be kept by S; the other is to be passed on to someone who needs it more………..

Warm hand-made snoods


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Baby Beanie Hats, Crochet and A Poem

Our local hospital, The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske,  has put out a call for Baby Beanie hats in red, amber and green for the newborns to wear, the colour indicating the level of care and feeding support required for the baby. I have put Snow Dog to one side and made my first three little hats ready for delivery.

Green, red and amber Baby Beanie Hats

When we were in Portugal, we called in at a most attractive little shop selling the kind of clothes that I like. While we were browsing, the young woman behind the counter was crocheting a flower in a natural cotton. She was delighted by my interest, told me that she attaches one to the brown paper bag she puts clothes in and then presented me with a flower!  I came across it again today as I was about to hand wash my linen trousers. Yes, I did buy something!

Beautiful crochet flower

Autumn is upon us.  I have spent the afternoon collecting up leaves in the front garden to make leaf mould and the clocks go back tonight. Here is an Autumny  poem for you – from Incantation by George Parsons Lathrop.

When the leaves, by thousands thinned,
A thousand times have whirled in the wind,
And the moon, with hollow cheek,
Staring from her hollow height,
Consolation seems to seek
From the dim, reechoing night;
And the fog-streaks dead and white
Lie like ghosts of lost delight
O’er highest earth and lowest sky;
Then, Autumn, work thy witchery!


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Optimism, Wild Art and Balloons


WordPress are telling me that I cannot upload any photos as there is no room. I don’t understand this as I have just renewed my Premium rate contract with them.  I wanted to show you some of the artwork done by the young people who meet weekly with WILD, an amazing organisation who work with young parents all across Cornwall. I was invited to their 25th Birthday Party this afternoon and was moved and inspired by what they do – how they give young parents confidence, hope, strength, optimism and practical help. I can give you a link so that you can look them up and see what wonderful work they do.

When I hear from the WordPress Happiness Engineers, I’ll add the photos later.

I have had help and will sort the problem tomorrow.


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Crab Apples, Translucence and Generosity 

There is a pretty cluster of little apples on our Malus Evereste this year.The Agapanthus leaves are rotting down and have become golden and translucent.At choir tonight lots of people had brought soft toys, colouring books, felt pens and crayons for ‘Bags of Love’, a local charity collecting for children in war torn Syria. 

Below is the information we were given. Isn’t this a beautifully simple and lovely thing to do for these children.


The hospitals in Syria in the aftermath of an airstrike are chaotic and incredibly busy. Due to the lack of staff, when children are brought in, there is no provision for a quiet space and rarely anyone with the time to comfort them.

The doctors have asked that we launch an appeal to fill bags with things that will keep the children distracted and maybe offer them some comfort. We are ordering 1000 white drawstring/duffle bags printed with the Bags of Love logo and we need donations to help us fill them.

Ideally we would like each bag to have:

 1. A cuddly toy, no bigger than 10″ – doesn’t have to be new as long as it is clean and undamaged

2. A pack of felt tips or pencil crayons (with a sharpener) and a pad

 3. An outdoor toy such as a tennis ball, skipping rope, yoyo etc

 4. A packet of sweets- HALAL suitable – please make sure they have no gelatine in them.

 5. A picture drawn by the child that has filled it, a note telling those children that we care, we think of them and we are reaching out to them ❤️ (this is really important as we can buy other bits but not this!)

 Anything else that you think would bring a bit of joy feel free to add in.”



Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Beauty, charity, community, garden


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Thank you Note, Cornish Lane and Giving

You may remember that lots of knitters from Caring Crafters of Cornwall and including me, have been knitting tiny things for our local Neo Natal Unit. They wrote to say thank you which is lovely. Emma is the special person who has been co-ordinating our efforts.

Thank you note from Neo Natal Unit re knitting

Thank you note from Neo Natal Unit re knitting

The lanes are just beautiful at the moment.

Lane and wild flowers

Lane and wild flowers

This is a lovely piece from Helen Steiner Rice:

The more you give

The more you give


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Bonding Squares, Sketchers and Roger McGough

Bonding squares are provided to mums whose babies are in a neonatal unit.  Each mum is given two squares, one is put with her  baby and one is kept on mum’s body. Every twelve  hours they are swapped over.   They help the Mother and baby to bond by smell in cases where they can’t physically touch.   I have made two pairs so far to go via Caring Crafters of Cornwall, with my little hats, for our local hospitals.

bonding squares

Bonding squares

Redruth was filled with children from Trewirgie School today, all sitting and sketching some of our beautiful buildings. I asked if I could photograph one girl’s work and here it is. They were having such fun and were making all the shoppers smile with delight at seeing what must have been nearly the whole school out working in the sunshine.



I just love this poem by Roger McGough, ‘First Day at School’

A millionbillionwillion miles from home
Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
Why are they all so big, other children?
So noisy? So much at home they
Must have been born in uniform
Lived all their lives in playgrounds
Spent the years inventing games
That don’t let me in. Games
That are rough, that swallow you up.

And the railings.
All around, the railings.
Are they to keep out wolves and monsters?
Things that carry off and eat children?
Things you don’t take sweets from?
Perhaps they’re to stop us getting out
Running away from the lessins. Lessin.
What does a lessin look like?
Sounds small and slimy.
They keep them in the glassrooms.
Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine.

I wish I could remember my name
Mummy said it would come in useful.
Like wellies. When there’s puddles.
Yellowwellies. I wish she was here.
I think my name is sewn on somewhere
Perhaps the teacher will read it for me.
Tea-cher. The one who makes the tea.


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