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Beach Wedding

What a glorious day! Here are a few photos to give a flavour of the happiest ceremony ever!.

Flowers being taken down to the beach

Milk churn full of flowers

Part of the path

Waiting for the Bride to arrive

 

 

Onions, Dahlias and Love

More produce! Just over 4kg, 9lbs of onions. Those should last a while. The reds were a bit of a disaster but the golden ones look lovely.

The dahlias that you can just see in the photo above are doing brilliantly. We have a big bunch indoors and I was able to give our neighbours an even bigger bunch. There are still lots more coming.

The following cartoon came my way today and I love it!

 

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Wow! 40th Anniversary of Greenham Common

It has been 40 years since the first women marched from Wales to set up the legendary Greenham Women’s Peace Camp  outside RAF Greenham Common to protest at the US military storing nuclear weapons on common land. They arrived on the 5th September 1981.
This event is sadly largely written out of history even though it remains the largest female-led protest since suffrage. Greenham Women Everywhere want to get people talking about the achievements of the protest again and have re-created the march, following the original route as closely as possible, and staying overnight in the areas they stayed.

Two of my friends, Claire, my choir leader, right, and Becca have been marching (and singing) from Cardiff to Greenham Common over the last 10 days and I am in awe of their dedication and their stamina! They have arrived this evening and what follows is a selection of their photographs and their commentary as they walked the 120 miles.

At the end of the first day –
“Peggy Seeger’s song, How I long for Peace, was sung by Frankie Armstrong at tonight’s event! It’s been a hell of a day, soooooo inspiring and fascinating talking to all the women, singing with them and hearing their stories. It feels a complete honour to be here. This morning we heard a speech by Anne Pettit, the woman who came up with the idea of the walk, 40 years ago and persuaded 3 of her friends to help plan it with her.”

They sent us signposts to show us where they were.

“Wow, what a reception in Bristol yesterday!!! Dozens of people waiting for us on Horfield common with banners and walked the final 2 hours with us then we were greeted by a live band and a spontaneous sing and dance occurred! Lots of folk walking with us today, maybe 40? Numbers vary constantly  and we have support vehicle for anyone who needs rescuing xx”

Banners are an integral part of the march as they were on the original event.

“I think we will have walked about 70 miles by the time we reach Melksham this evening. Each town we’re welcomed by a welcome committee then there is an evening event with different speakers.. It’s exhausting and inspiring! Most evenings we don’t eat until 9 or 10. Last night’s speaker was Dr Lynn Jones, she was brilliant!!! Hope all is good with all of you in Cornwall xxx”

“Ah, an early finish today for the first time! Lovely walking along the canal and joined again by inspiring women who shared their stories.

“The welcome party and talks today took place under a tree in a park with the mayor of Devizes.
Then there was a speaker from Afghanistan. It was very moving. Her name is Zarghona Rassa. Originally from Afghanistan. Came to the UK, London 1994 with two children age 7 & 3.
She’s the Founder of the British Afghan Women’s Society who are currently supporting people in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Mordan

“Arrived in Marlborough…..Claire comments on some amazing young women who have now joined the march, so important that youngsters know their history.

And they have arrived, earlier this evening! So proud of them all, so wish I could have been with them but I was taken along in spirit!

What an achievement! Do click on the link above for a fascinating read.

 
 

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A Walk in the Woods

I recently heard of a woodland that we had not known about. Join us for a stroll around this lovely place. Click on any photo to see more detail.

I took the following from the Facebook page.  “A great placemaking project successfully completed at Tregoniggie Woodland. We monolithed a clump of collapsing Lawsons Cypress and commissioned local sculptor Felix Packer to carve and paint these amazing columns. The iconic images reflect features of Falmouth and conversations with passers-by. We have also planted a ring of flowering native trees which will still form this circular meeting point in the future when the sculptures have decayed. Thanks to Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Persimmon homes and other sponsors. We would like to carve some of the lower remaining trunks as seats and informal natural play structures, and create an accessible path through the circle.”  Words by  Tim  Kellet.

 

 

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Golfer, Gift and Gymnopodie

My choir, The Suitcase Singers, had our first sing together in the Zed Shed, Penryn,  in 18 months. We had just finished singing “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher”, when a quite emotional stranger appeared at the door. He explained that he was ‘golfing’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End and had just hit a low point. Then, while having a coffee at Muddy Beach, he had heard us singing and just had to come up to tell us how it had lifted his spirits. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! This is a link to his remarkable story and his Just Giving page in case you are moved to support him too. David Sullivan is raising money to provide defibrillators all over the country. It was a very special moment for all of us too.

Another lovely moment today was when I went to the allotment to collect our veg for tonight’s dinner and there on our plot was this glorious bright orange squash, a Potimarron, a gift from friends on another plot. What a beauty!  Looking it up I discovered that  Le potimarron est une variété de potiron qui se distingue par son goût de châtaigne. I’m told too that it makes a delicious soup so guess what I shall be doing tomorrow. Thank you very much to S&M.

As I was starting to write this post this evening, a favourite piece of music came on the radio and I thought I would share it with you. Eric Satie Gympopodie

 

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Produce Sharing

We love the community feeling at the allotments, the sharing of advice and of produce. In exchange for the gift of some beautiful cherry tomatoes and a cucumber, we cut some purple, white and a bit of green for a suffragette bunch of prettiness.

 

Fiftieth Party, Thali and A Bike

Today is Claire’s birthday and all her pals came together at the Eco park for a thali  and some Irish music, to see her presented with her birthday present and to hear the wonderful speech given by one of her beautiful daughters – just a few photos from a colourful evening full of love.

We had all contributed to Claire’s present, an electric bike, and here she has just been presented with a cardboard cutout and a voucher  so that she can go and choose what she wants.


 

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Bouquet, A Shed and Cat’s Eyes

It was our last session for singing with The Suitcase Singers until September  and next week is our lovely choir leader’s half century birthday. To make it special each member of the choir was asked to bring a couple of blooms or greenery from their garden so that we could put together a more personal bunch than one from a shop. The resulting bouquet was absolutely amazing, full of colour and scent and most of all, full of our love for Claire

Thanks to Mandy Rolleston for this photo. There’s a new shed at the allotment and it is gorgeous!

Coming back up Church Lane after watering and harvesting this evening, we met a new cat. Just look at its eyes!

 

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Purple, Blue and Green

The Borage in the edible garden is dropping its lovely blue flowers onto the curly purple lettuce.

The bees love the Eryngium which is a cloud of buzzing blue this year.

We were given a little chili plant earlier in the season, (another allotmenteer gift) and it is doing really well in the poly tunnel.  I will have to ask for advice on when to harvest.

 

Street Art, Frida Kahlo and A Frog

As I walked up to the Buttermarket today for the Frida Kahlo market, I went past some street art that we have only driven by before. Today I was able to get a photograph. This is my favourite of all the street art in our town.

The market was brilliantly, vibrant,  full of colour and life and happy people.

We spent the afternoon weeding at the allotment – the weeds have grown out of all proportion to the vegetables  and have loved all the rain!  A lovely frog joined us. I love his long toes, stripey legs and black, shiny eyes. .

Common Frog

 
 

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