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A Celebration of Women

What a fabulous afternoon being a part of celebrating the Centenary of some women getting the vote! We all gathered in Mawnan Smith – The Mawnan Smith W I, singers from my choirs, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and many supporters and we marched along to Trebah Gardens, singing some of the way when we had enough breath! We finished in the amphitheatre  and sang for all the wonderful people who had joined us along the way. Such a wonderful feeling of solidarity, such a deep feeling of community and an acknowledgement that there is still some way to go and that we must carry on where our sisters have fought before. Click on any photo for a bigger view and the caption.

Votes for Women!

 

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Colourful Walk, A Companion and Crowan

After working in the garden all morning, there were still some holes so off we went to Burncoose Nursery to find some more plants! Their garden is just amazing, filled with Rhododenrons. Bluebells and life – just glorious! The nursery dog came with us as we strolled about the garden. When we left, he waited again at the gate for the next people to show around.

The dog who came on our walk with us

This coming week is Open Studios throughout Cornwall and today we made our first couple of visits, first to our lovely friend who makes very beautiful pots. We parked just by the Church, St. Crewenna .

The Church at Crowan

Tomorrow I will show you a treasure we found at the next studio in the village…..

 

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Angels, Earrings and A Pot

I bought some beautiful items while in KwaZulu Natal. I always try to find an Angel for our Christmas tree when we are on holiday and found two pretty beaded ones on a market run by a collective so each maker was selling her own creations.

Market Angels

I found earrings in each of the museums we visited, again, each was labelled with the maker’s name though the name labels were taken off so that each maker was properly rewarded for their own work.

Earrings from three different places and makers – The outside ones were from the Talana Museum shop and the middle pair were from the Rorke’s drift museum shop.

After watching the women at work weaving, we bought two of these pretty little pots  – one for us and one for our lovely neighbour who has kindly watched over our place and kept our house plants alive.

Small woven pot with lid

 

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A Plaque, Captain Upton’s Slip and A Special Mural

I noticed a commemorative plaque today that I haven’t seen before despite having used this short cut on many occasions.

Falmouth history

Captain Richard Upton, a former smuggler turned excise man who went on to become Mayor of Falmouth on two occasions, lived in the house at the top of Upton’s Slip which is in the picture below.

Upton’s Slip

There is a mural on the way out of one of the car parks which was renewed last year and looks brilliant.

Mural on the way out of the car park

The other wall

Please go to http://www.spectrumasd.org/epic-aims-church-street-mural/

to see both sides of the mural and to read about the project which celebrates Falmouth as a community and promotes awareness of autism in a positive way. You can read about each of the children involved. It is truly inspiring.

P.S. Added 7th April 2018.
In the comments below, you will see that I have been asked about the figurehead at the bottom of the slip. I found this short Youtube video about her, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc7cPW2LeuI

 

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Man Engine, Cornish Passport and Wood Burner

The wonderful Man Engine rose to his full height at Heartlands today as we sang to him and the crowd who braved the rain and wind.

Man Engine

Man Engine and the remnants of the very wet crowd

I earned my Cornish passport today!

My Cornish passport

Even with four layers, I did get rather cold and damp (it was only 8C today) so when I came home, after toast and honey next door, I lit the wood burner.

Wood burner to warm myself by

If you are on the route of the Man Engine Resurrection Tour, do get your tickets and enjoy the biggest ever mechanical puppet the UK has ever seen! You won’t regret it. https://www.themanengine.org.uk/

 

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Ladybird, Kernow Rock and More Minton Tiles

A Ladybird visited us this morning. It was very tiny, less that 5mm in length and very busy. It was hard to catch a photo as it rarely stood still.

10-spot Ladybird
f. decempuncata

I spotted something pink under one of the Welly Dogs in town this morning and discovered a Kernow Rock. Small decorated rocks are being hidden all over Cornwall, waiting to be found and re-hidden for someone else to find. I shall take it out with me tomorrow……

A Kernow rock

Here are the other two antique Minton tiles being used to decorate our veg trug.

A comment was made that a veg trug was a new idea so here is the trug, not a beautiful picture as the stones are awaiting their Spring wash, but as it is!

The veg trug

 

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Carn Marth – Walk, Talk and Sketch

A glorious sunny day today with a treat to look forward to – a walk on Carn Marth, talking and sketching! Have a look at the gallery and click on any photo for more detail and the caption.
We were given various small tasks to get us going, (I am a complete novice but have long wanted to sketch) one of which was to collect a colour swatch of what we could find. You will see from the photos that the Carn is a little bleak at this time of year but we all found lots of beautiful colour. Both the North and South Coasts can be seen from this high point and, in the morning it was very clear. We had the most delicious lunch of hot Pumpkin Soup, ciabatta, salad and hummus followed by Lemon Drizzle cake and then more walking, talking and sketching.
Many of us then continued to the Village Hall where we made flowers out of old plastic bottles ready for an event next weekend…..
Many thanks to those who made this brilliant day possible.

Here is one of my sketches along with the wall that I was looking at.

Wall at the top quarry

My sketch

 

 

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