I love it when beautiful things come my way out of the blue. This poem by Nicolette Sowder and its lovely art work by Lucy Campbell turned up yesterday.
May we raise children
who love the unloved
things – the dandelion, the
worms & spiderlings.
Children who sense
the rose needs the thorn
& run into rainswept days
the same way they
turn towards sun…
And when they’re grown &
someone has to speak for those
who have no voice
may they draw upon that
wilder bond, those days of
tending tender things
and be the ones.
~ Nicolette Sowder
A couple of my dear readers commented on the beautiful and enormous pebbles on Penzance Promenade and I thought that they, and you, might like another picture where a different set of the sculptured pebbles, have been joined by real pebbles and seaweed thrown up by the last crazy storm.
We found ourselves unexpectedly in Penzance today. The lovely Mr S has an outpatient appointment on Thursday and our hospital is being very careful about the virus so books each patient for a Covid test three days before. We decided to go early so that we could have a walk first. Enjoy the sunny photos!
Seal and I love how the water looks here
Castle on St Michael’s Mount
Reflection and the castle
Two rather touching memory plaques on one of the new benches along the newly refurbished promenade.
It’s my birthday and what a lovely day I am having – special breakfast, cards and presents, phone calls, lunch and birthday shopping in Penzance, a very sociable gathering next door and Duck dinner to come! (And just as I was writing this, two beautiful friends called in – more joy!)
Origami earrings from P&V in Atlanta
The Admiral Benbow
On the roof
Beautiful front door in Penzance , note the bend in the metal grid so that the handle can be reached
In the harbour
Clown seen in the supermarket. The wearer gave permission for the photos.
Earrings by Sarah Watson of St Ives, bought in the Light House gallery, Penzance
Owl lamp, delightful present from Sue
Happy New Year to all my readers! May the coming year bring you happiness, friendship and peace. 🙂
It was Man Engine Day in Penzance today so off we went by train. The morning kicked off with a fabulous Miners’ Cart Soap Box Derby which was enormous fun. We had Tartiflette for lunch from one of the street food stalls (delicious!) and then a walk around Penzance enjoying music and dance along the way before returning to Market Jew Street to watch the Man Engine Ceremony, this time along with 18,000 other people! Click on any photo in the Gallery for detail.
Dylan Thomas once said of Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) that it was the prettiest village in England and it was here that we started our walk today with singers from two Cornish choirs, Levow an Bys and Dawn Chorus, in aid of Freedom from Torture. Join us all on this chilly walk as we make our way through Mousehole into Newlyn and thence to Penzance stopping at various points along the way to sing. What a splendid afternoon. Thank you P for inviting us along. Click on any photo for detail and the caption which will tell you what we sang at each point. Sorry I don’t have any recordings for you. Stopping to take photos was quite tricky in the midst of fifty walkers!
Scarecrow in an allotment along the coastal path
Passing allotments along the coastal path
Love the blue bottles and the white shells
Stopping to sing “Remember Me, Remember Me’ at The Penlee Lifeboat station, now closed, with St Michael’s Mount in the distance
Singing at the life boat station
On the cliffside
Being conducted by the sea
Singing ‘Te Aroha, Te Fakapono’ by the sea before Newlyn and with Penzance in the distance.
Pretty window box
Newlyn comes into view
Fascinating bit of history remembered on this plaque high up on the wall
Outside St Peter’s Church, Newlyn, getting ready to sing ‘May This Space be Filled With Joy and Harmony’
Walking along the front from Newlyn to Penzance
Just after our Flashmob in Lidl where we sang ‘Bambalela’
The Little Wonder Cafe on the prom in Penzance
Singing ‘Cornish Lads’ by Roger Bryant on the Prom in Penzance. The lovely Mr S was watching dolphins playing while we were singing with our backs to the water!
1 When we collected my brother from Newquay Airport just over two weeks ago there was the most beautiful sunset. Today, as we took him back to go home to Munich, there was a pretty sunrise and now it’s all quiet again and we are catching upon all the things that stood still while we enjoyed time together.
Sunset coming back from the airport 2:7:14
Dawn sky this morning from the moving car
2 We went to Penzance this afternoon for the Literary Festival and a talk, ‘Sailing round Cornwall’ by our good friend, Sue Kittow which we thoroughly enjoyed. The town was full of flags for the various summer festivals.
3 One of my young friends sent me this some time ago and I missed. G.S., you were right! I love it!