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Good News, The Song and The Sky

Yesterday’s blog was exceptionally brief.

Just as we were preparing to sing ‘Lean On Me’ at the World Refugee Day event, I heard that my older brother and his wife, on their way from the airport to be with us in Cornwall for a family reunion, had had a car accident, their car written off and they in the Royal Cornwall Hospital.  You can imagine how I felt, out of phone signal and ten miles from home. Eventually we managed to be in contact and have since learned that my SIL has three broken ribs and my Brother is fine, though shaken. The beautiful thing is that they are both still with us. We have yet to see them since their arrival but did meet with their son, his wife and two beautiful children last night. Having them in last night’s audience was a comfort indeed as were my lovely friends, G, D and R to whom I say, thank you for being there, for me to lean on.

Today the sun is shining, it is the Summer Solstice, the Longest Day  and we are preparing for Saturday’s gathering of the clan from Germany and America, London, Norfolk and Exeter. Sadly, my Sister from Hawaii cannot be here and neither can our Barcelona bunch but they will all be here with us in spirit.

Our performance yesterday is now on YouTube. Do have a listen.  After only 3 rehearsals, the community of Porthtowan came together to raise money for refugees by performing at the open mic session in the Blue Bar. ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers, arranged by Claire Ingleheart.

The hand you will see pointing at 1’21” is my Great Niece  pointing me out to her parents who are in the foreground for most of the video.

Today’s sky has been beautiful!

Sky with vapour trail and Seagull

 

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Pasty, House Name and Sunset and A P.S.

I spotted this ‘pasty’ in the car park after singing this morning.

The driver was sitting in the van and was amused to see me taking a photo.

We went to Porthtowan for a cliff walk and supper at The Blue Bar tonight as I wanted to see the sunset. I loved one of the house names up the side of the path.

Haha

The waves were good and splashy against the rocks and the sunset was gorgeous. Click on a photo see the detail.

P.S. As I was writing this, a message came in on Facebook which made me very happy. Apparently it is World Teachers’ Day and one of my ex pupils has named me for the help I gave her. It is lovely to be remembered so.

 

Photos for Day 6 of Golden Wedding Week

The day started with brunch at the Blue Bar in Porthtowan, a favourite haunt, moved on to beaching and belly boarding and ended with a party held in our honour with the loveliest presents made by the family and involving lots and lots of our friends.

The party photos are almost all face on so I can’t use them here. Suffice it to say that we were served a veritable feast cooked up by our kids and their partners, danced along to the music sent as gifts by friends, of which more later and wept with joy at the love and forethought that had gone into their presents to us, more of that later too.

It’s only rock and roll, but I like it!

Day 7 will follow tomorrow! It has been an exhaustingly happy week so far!

 

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Love-in-a-Mist, Golden Horizon and Happy Days

Rain in the night left rain drops on the Nigella flowers and buds and they glistened in the early morning light.

We have just returned from Porthtowan where there was a golden glow on the horizon behind the surfers.

Porthtowan

Sorting threw up this photo yesterday, of me at about 10 or 11 years old with my Guide troop as we were about to set off for a week camping in Coverack.

Girl Guides off to camp

 

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Curly Hair, 67 and Local Lifeguards

What a delightful time we have had in The Blue bar tonight having supper in our favourite place overlooking the beach at Porthtowan. There was a lovely family whom I fell into conversation with as their three year old looked so much like me in early photos.  They were very happy for me to take a photo for my blog, back view as always of children, though she did move a bit!

Curly head

Our table number was 67 which pleased me as that is the year we married!

50 years ago

As we were finishing our meal, dozens of young people arrived in fancy dress and on bicycles. They were in the bar for a short time and then went out to start what looked like a race and I managed a couple of photos. When I went back in I asked at the bar what was going on as all I had heard was, “Welcome to the 2017 ….” and the rest was drowned in cheers. It turns out, all these young people were Life Guards from local beaches and they have an annual cycle ride from pub to pub called The Tour de P*ss. They were certainly having a good time and this was just the start!

The start of the ride

 

 

 

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Singing, Eco Park and New Cook Book

I went to a Sing for Your Heart, Sing for Your Soul session with Claire today and it was glorious! We sang indoors, then in the courtyard and finally in the field and it was wonderful!

There was post waiting for me when I arrived home – a beautifully written card from T, LiveWire 3, to accompany the  International Cook Book that has been put together by her school community to celebrate the multiple nationalities who attend there. I shall be trying lots of the recipes which sound delicious. I’ll share them with you as I try them.

Northside School International Cook Book

Cook book sent by LiveWire T

 

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Teddy Bear, Carn Brea and Brodiaea

Before supper tonight at The Blue Bar we walked on the beach and passed by a Teddy Bear being hauled up the beach on a miniature surfboard.

Teddy on a surf board

Driving home from Porthtowan it is always a joy to see Carn Brea with its castle and monument.

Carn Brea with castle and Bassett Monument

A lovely friend brought me an enormous bunch of Brodiaea which are now on the hall table in a beautiful Jane Hamlyn pot.

Brodiaea

 

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