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Sunflower, Weeds and A Romanesco

I was singing with friends this morning and as we left J pointed out the serendipitous Sunflower that has been planted by the birds next to a tree that has died.

Sunflower among the dead branches adding life and colour

It’ll be Redruth’s Monthly Market Day tomorrow so I went along to do my bit in weeding the courtyard. There were lots of laughs to be had as we cleared away the weeds from the cobbles. I took a Before photo of a small patch but was so exhausted by the end of the hour that I forgot to take the after photo!

Before weeding

Volunteers clearing up the market

On the way home, I bought a Romanesco to have with our Moussaka tonight.

Chartreuse coloured vegetable

 

 

Cornwall Rising – A Million Stories of Sanctuary

What an incredibly moving, informative and inspiring day we have had, hearing from ‘ordinary’ Cornish people who are doing extraordinary work both here and abroad to ease the plight of those who have had to leave their homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and other places where life is unimaginably hard.

Our own St Piran was a refugee made welcome here and we, those who live in this beautiful county, want to help and are helping in Lesvos, in Calais and in Cornwall, each in her own way and all volunteers.  Here follows a gallery of the day, photos taken from the back of the hall of the projection on the wall.

 
 

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Catching Up On Three Days

5th June

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

6th June   I baked a cake to sell at a Ceilidh that was held last night to raise funds for a volunteering trip to Uganda.

Victoria Sponge to sell at the ceilidh

Victoria Sponge to sell at the ceilidh

Beautiful hedgerow flowers for the tables

Beautiful hedgerow flowers for the tables

Today – the sun is shining and this Iris has bloomed.

Iris

Iris

 

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Special Message, Decorations and Thomas Merritt

1   Sorting the bookshelves today, this precious piece of paper fell out. It is a beautiful note given to us as we left the village of Mapoch where we had been volunteering in 2007.

Message from Thabang

Message from Thabang

2   We used to keep in touch with the village through Voluntours, getting beaded decorations to sell each Christmas to help raise funds for the village. Very sadly, we have lost both Marnie of Voluntours and Pastor Peter to cancer in the last 15 months. They were each instrumental in making our time there a success and both must be sorely missed by the village. Now we have no contact, these are my last three decorations for sale.

Beaded decorations made by the Gogos of the village

Beaded decorations made by the Gogos of the village

3   At singing tonight, we learned a new Thomas Merritt carol, in one session! It is a wonderful one with the various parts coming in at intervals and sounding like peals of bells. I’ll try to get a recording of it to add here.

 

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Carrots, Furniss Island and A New Wool Shop

1   Bright orange carrots with their frothy, green foliage always look so lovely on the Greengrocer’s stall.

Freshly picked carrots

Freshly picked carrots

2   On this beautifully warm Autumn day, we took our lunch to a little park we are fond of in Truro. We hadn’t been for some time and were delighted to discover a real treat. The Friends of Furniss Island had been busy planting a vegetable patch for the use of anyone who would like to harvest a few beans or courgettes or herbs or, as in our case, some baby tomatoes which we ate straight from the vine with our sandwiches! What a beautiful and generous idea.

3   Another discovery today was a new wool shop! Oh, joy! Just look at this delightful sign all knitted up and such a range of wonderful wools to choose from. I have several projects underway at the moment but will be back!

Truro wool shop sign - who could resist?

Truro Wool shop sign – who could resist?

Inside the wool shop

Inside the wool shop

 

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Bus Ride, Volunteering and Little Treasures

1   I took the bus into Truro this morning and was delighted to find it was a double decker so I was able to get some pleasing shots of the countryside we went through.

The sea from the bus

The sea from the bus

I love the green of Spring leaves, from the bus

I love the green of Spring leaves, from the bus

Truro Cathedral from the bus

Truro Cathedral from the bus

2   I spent most of the day volunteering at the Royal Cornwall Museum helping with the Wildworks project, The Museum of Us. The fabulous Cabinet of Curiosities is filled with treasures from Cornwall, most collected by Jane Darke, from Porthcothan and other beaches in North Cornwall. If you are reading this and live anywhere near Truro,  do come and marvel at the stuff inside the cupboards and drawers and bring in an object that means Cornwall to you. The project aims to collect objects that will be displayed in the cabinet and become The Museum of Us. Do click on the photos to see the detail and to read the labels.

The Cabinet

The Cabinet

Drawer in the Cabinet, all found on Cornish beaches

Drawer in the Cabinet, all items found on Cornish beaches

Driftwood from all over the world washed up onto North Cornish beaches

Driftwood from all over the world washed up onto North Cornish beaches

Mum and the two girls at the cabinet with Jane Darke

Mum and the two girls at the Cabinet with Jane Darke

3   Two lovely little girls, aged about 6 and 4, came in with their Mum and their shoebox of treasures collected on Treyarno Beach and showed them to me explaining why they loved them. I loved the piece of Cornish stone that Poppy had embellished so prettily and she was happy for me to take photos of her special beach-found treasures.

Poppy's treasure box

Poppy’s treasure box

Poppy's beautifully decorated stone

Poppy’s beautifully decorated stone

Corn husk, found by Poppy, possibly come over on the seas from America

Corn husk, found by Poppy, possibly come over on the seas from America

Storm Trooper's hat, found by Poppy

Storm Trooper’s hat, found by Poppy on Treyarno Beach

Favourite little treasures

Favourite little treasures

 

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