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Moon, Onions and A Gathering

Last night’s Full Moon was beautiful, quite low in the sky and glowing. This month’s moon has various names, all to do with the harvesting that happens in August – Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon and Barley Moon.

Our friends with the newly planted woods also grow veg and on a visit there this afternoon, I couldn’t resist a photo of these amazing Red Onions.

A ¬†lovely group of our singers met in the stone circle near the newly planted woods this afternoon. We couldn’t sing but it was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, people we have all been missing over the last 5 months. J often dog sits for Kaja and is much loved as can be seen here as J is stroking Kaja and the delightful little Graham, a visiting dog.

 

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Six on Saturday – Colour and Produce

There is lots of colour in the garden and the veggies are coming along well. We eat the Purple Mange tout almost every evening and are delighted with this new venture. We’ll grow them again next year. The Sweetcorn is looking good and the Kalettes taking over their bed. We have a constant battle with caterpillars, tracking them each day and giving them to the birds. We were given the miniature red rose as a thank you present last summer and it seems to die over the winter so we are delighted with all the blooms it is giving us this year. The shady corner is quite well lit at this time of year and it is thriving as are the Lilies on the patio.

If you’d like a look at other gardens, pop over to The Propagator for other Six on Saturday posts.

 

Sweet Peas, Colour Contrast and A Birthday Video

Our Sweet Peas in one pot are glorious. The other pot is finished. ūüė¶

Sweet Peas

Serendipity again as the bright orange Montbretia/ Crocosmia has popped up with the purple Tom Thumb Pittosporum hedge.

Montbretia against the dark Tom Thumb Pittosporum

A  couple of months ago , I was asked to take part in a Birthday video for an ex pupil of mine. The idea was to screw up some paper with a Happy Birthday message on it. Have it thrown to you from the left, unscrew it, show the message to the camera and throw it off to the right. It made for a very special and individual birthday present.
It occurred to me that it would be a lovely thing to do for our dear choir leader, Claire, with whom we have been unable to sing in person for 5 months because of the Covid situation. Fortunately we have in one of our choirs a brilliantly talented individual who agreed to put together the 60+ videos valiantly made by our community of choir members! Thanks so much, Kenn! What a success it has been! Here it is for your delectation. The setting is the Penryn River, our view from the rehearsal room and the music is sung by the choirs.

 

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Fairy Wings, Garden Colour and Singing

I fitted the repaired wings to two of my Fairies today and am delighted with how they now look and that now they will be able to fly, albeit that they are learners!

We are delighted with the serendipitous odd pops of colour in our garden. Both the Poppy and the Crocosmia are self-sown.

In the last few days, members of The Inglehearts’ Singers have recorded themselves at home singing new words to Trelawny, the Cornish anthem, ¬†words designed to encourage people in Camborne to wear their masks and to help each other in these uncertain Covid times.

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Walk Near Restormel Castle

My favourite camera died some months ago and I just didn’t get around to sorting it by post when I couldn’t get to the shop. Last weekend I decided to find out about replacing it. A local shop where we have bought things in the past had the camera I wanted for ¬£149 as they have decided not to keep so many in stock for some reason. My first foray into finding the camera I wanted brought up the price of ¬£407! So today, we headed off to St Austell to pick up the bargain and from there went to two garden nurseries and then for a walk. Join us as we leave the Duchy Nursery and head towards Restormel Castle. Click on any photo to see a bigger picture. So happy to have a Nikon Coolpix again, just have to charge it up……..

 

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Meeting Friends at the Allotment

Just the best afternoon with friends in months! We laughed and shared stories, we sang and we made videos – great fun! We met in Wendy’s allotment, surrounded by fresh air, ¬†beauty and friendship. Enjoy our moments.

Rose arriving at the allotment, wearing one of the masks I made for her

Graham awaiting his treat of a freshly picked pea pod

Californian Poppies, Cornflowers and Honesty

Screen Shot from a video I made of us singing, well spaced, at the moment when the round went wrong!

Wendy very generously gave each of us some produce from the allotment – mine was rhubarb so I have made our delicious family recipe, Different Every Time Pudding for our tea.

 

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Postcards in Isolation

Our lovely neighbour is an artist and has been part of the Postcards in Isolation project, explained below. ¬†She has been drawing ‘”Little Lockdown Pleasures,” the things that have given her pleasure while in lockdown. Because we live next door to each other we have been able to ‘meet’ over the wall throughout and this has been special for us both, staving off the worst of the feeling of isolation. Here is the postcard that she made of one of her pleasures.

Postcards in Isolation ¬†was started by WildWorks, recognising that lots of people are not connected digitally. If you were shielding and not able to see your family and friends, then receiving a little personal artwork might prove cheering. It works by people nominating friends or family members to receive an art postcard. WildWorks artists then make the cards and hand write a message. Each card is unique. They ¬†are also making cards for St Petroc‚Äôs, a local charity for the homeless, and Age Concern. Here are three more of Sue’s postcards which have gone out to cheer people up. ¬†What a delightful and spirit-lifting idea.

The cards are free, but as this is not a funded project they ask that people make a donation if they feel able to. https://wildworks.biz/projects/postcards-in-isolation/

I’ve been embroidering all day, having the most lovely, peaceful and productive time.

 

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Anniversary, Garden and Singing

Today marks the anniversary of the Great 1913 Women’s Pilgrimage starting in the South West where women walked from Land’s End to Hyde Park demanding their right to vote and to be acknowledged as citizens.

Dreadnought began with this inspirational story of courage and rage, and we marked the centenary of the pilgrimage by touring a new play Oxygen in 2013 to the places the women had stopped and rallied one hundred years earlier. My choir leader, Claire Ingleheart wrote the music for the play, “Oxygen” and many of the choir turned up to sing at Land’s End prior to walking the first few miles of the walk together.

My Suffragette garden has the right colours at the right moment! My regular readers will know that my Great Granny, Mary Wiseman, was a Suffragette,  was force fed in Holloway Prison and received the portcullis brooch from Mrs Pankhurst for her struggles. I am very proud of her, hence my garden and my tattoo.

Here’s a recording of The Ingleheart Singers singing Oxygen in Truro Cathedral. I’m not amongst them ¬†as I was recovering from a replacement hip op but I was able to record it for you.

 

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New Moon, Foxglove and Our NHS

There was a scratch of a moon in the sky last night as the sun went down. Shame about all the phone lines but I love the gradation of the colours, the leaf silhouettes and the white moon.

There are Foxgloves all along our walk now in various stages of bloom. I love the detail inside each flower.

Teachers have been working throughout the crisis, sometimes in school teaching vulnerable children and those of key workers and sometimes teaching pupils online. Here is a delightful tribute to the NHS along the Cornish hedge around the playground of our local infant school.

 

Bee, More Masks and Greenham Women

The bees are busy, we are glad to see. This one was moving around all the Lavender pots.

Bee on white lavender

Our eldest was due to come from Exeter for a couple of hours this afternoon to fix my Beetle. In exchange I made her a couple of fabric masks. I had not anticipated how hard it would be to see her but not be allowed to hug.

Elastic is running short

My spirits were lifted by a wonderful zoom session this evening, Greenham Women singing songs of the time, all led by my lovely choir leader, Claire. In between singing the songs, people shared their stories of being at the various gates, all given colours and each with a very distinct personality. A couple of the participants had been there with their Mums as very young children. One Mum and daughter were there together from their different parts of the UK; participants came from allover the country and were really inspiring. It was a brilliant session.

Posted with permission from all the participants
 

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