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Take a Side, Pride and A Poem

We live in very uncertain times and many of us feel worried.  At choir we are learning several songs of strength and resistance written by our leader and I always leave choir feeling stronger and more determined.   One of our songs (and I will share them after their debut concert in July) is about standing up in the face of injustice and defending those less able to do so for themselves. I was reminded of these words of Desmond Tutu:

  “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

On Sunday, in Saltash, we waited for the Cornwall Pride Bus and the parade. It was brilliant and very well supported. One of our songs is about being who you want to be and loving who you want to love and I will share that one later too.

I have a friend who is a poet and he has recently had an event where he gave away A Poem on a Paper Bag – a delightful idea. He visited Cornwall last week but we have family here so couldn’t meet up. However, he has sent me my very own Poem on a Paper Bag and here it is, in his very own handwriting. Thank you so much, Kim. I love it – Jackdaws caught to perfection!

Kak-Kak by Kim Ridgeon

 

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King Harry Ferry, Gin and A Woodpecker

Over on the King Harry Ferry today to meet up again with my Brother and SIL, over here from America, in St Mawes, a pretty place even in pouring rain.

A G&T with my lunch!

And home again on the KHF.


Then an peaceful hour bird watching – a lovely variety (they don’t seem to mind the rain) including our first Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in some time.

You’ll have to look carefully to spot the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

 

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Saltash, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Ann Glanville

The Suitcase Singers went by train all the way to Saltash Regatta & Waterside Festival 2019 today to sing in the glorious sunshine, the highlight of the day being singing ‘Ann Glanville’ around her statue. It was a brilliant day out, singing our hearts out and interestingly,  being underneath the Brunel Bridge for a change!

Boat full of flowers on Saltash station

The Suitcase Singers with Ann Glanville about whom our lovely Claire, choir leader, has written a song

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

His bridge

View of the bridge from up the hill

Blue plaque to Ann Glanville

 

 

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Sun Shimmers, Flower Wall and A Robin

The light along the Penryn River was lovely this morning.One of the house boats on the river has a vertical flower bed which is quite delightful.

We were visited by a very friendly Robin while having lunch at The Pandora on Restronguet Creek.

 

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Trelissick House, Martins and World Refugee Day

The secret bits of the house were open today for short tours and was fascinating.

Staircase that visitors are not usually allowed up

Subtle, please don’t sit here!

Staircase in the billiard room that leads only to the roof!

View from the little staircase

While we were waiting to go in to the house we watched a pair of Martins feeding their young.

Martin feeding their young

It is Refugee Week this week and today, on World Refugee Day, Claire’s No Talent Re-choired group sang Imagine and Your Love Lifts Me Higher and Higher at an open mic session where we were also collecting supplies for refugees in Greece and Calais. It is so heartening to see so much brought in – tents, sleeping bags, tinned and dry food and baby supplies – and all from a community that is not the wealthiest by any stretch of the imagination. Choose Love, as several tee shirts said and we do.

 

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A Van, Light Switches and A Door

It was fun to follow this van into Truro this morning.

Porthleven on a van

When there we met my brother and his wife who are visiting from America and we had lunch in Charlotte’s inside the iconic Victorian Coinage Hall.  The light switches therein caught my eye.

And this is the beautiful doorway to the building. Charlotte’s is up the stairs that can just be made out at the back of the photo.

 

Bee, Planter and Solanum

Bee on a Chive flower

Planter in the shape of an engine house at the entrance to Troon

Solanum flowers

 
 
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