Some time ago I found this poem, “First Day of War” by Ludmila Khersonsky, that was published in The New Yorker, and it has come back into my head as we prepare to welcome some young Ukrainians into our home. They are part of a theatre group who will be performing in Redruth at the end of next week. They are from Kyiv and need some rest and recuperation before they get into rehearsals and performances so we are going to show them some of the beauty of Cornwall and of our everyday lives.
Category Archives: The Lost Gardens of Heligan
After a late breakfast, a quiet catch-up morning, and a cold swim for Daughter No 2 in Portreath, we went off to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for their Night Garden Extravaganza, came home to a vegetarian chilli feast and lastly watched Elf (a film I had never seen) together! Here are just a few of the treasures in the night garden where we also enjoyed hot chestnuts, hot chocolates, mulled wine and toasted marshmallows! A fine time has been had by all. It is so good to be doing things all together..
The beautiful Mud Maid in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, has been there for a long time already and will be there for a very long time to come. She is the work of Cornish sculptors Sue Hill and Pete Hill and is a favourite for our Grandchildren to visit. They love the Giant too. For others in this Challenge, click this link.
We visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan this morning. The changing room for babies caught my eye!
Last year, in the gardens, there was a wonderfully moving commemoration of the start of World War 1. You can read about it here. Thousands of poppies were planted for the event but, as is the way with poppies, they chose their own time to bloom and there were few around last year. This year they have bloomed in their thousands and make for a most moving spectacle. Click your way through the gallery and enjoy them as much as we did.
3 The Giant is always one of our favourites and the Live-Wires all love him. Wish they had been with us today.Here he is for them!
The afternoon at The Lost Gardens evoked the Heligan of the past beautifully with the laundry girls washing the sheets and putting them to dry on the lawn, the gardeners working hard in the kitchen garden and suddenly being told of the outbreak of war and that they would be needed. All the time strains of music could be heard from the local bands and our very own singers from Claire’s three choirs, brought together as the Ingleheart 100 for the day. Click on any photo for detail. Thank you to the lovely Mr S for some of the photos.
The next post will show the rest of the afternoon and evening as the tragic events of the war unfold.
100: The Day Our World Changed remembered the local men who went to war a hundred years ago and told the stories of the people they left behind. It was a beautiful, respectful and very moving event that I was lucky enough to be a part of, singing with the Inglehearts 100, made up of Claire’s three choirs.
The following gallery takes you through the morning in Mevagissey; my next post will take you up to The Lost Gardens of Heligan as the tragic events unfold in the afternoon.
Thank you to the lovely Mr S for some of these photos, taken while I was singing.
1 I’m still reeling from yesterday’s wonderfully moving production. Tomorrow, I promise, the photos of the event. For now, – war has just been declared and recruitment has begun.
2 As each Day Lily fades there is the most beautiful veining in the petals for just a couple of hours each day.
3 We’ve been so busy recently that I thought I’d missed finding strawberries to make the best jam in the world! Today we found some reduced English strawberries and so have started off the freezer jam. Because it isn’t cooked, it retains the truly delicious taste of just picked strawberries……… I’ll put the very easy recipe up the days after tomorrow when it is finished.
1 I have assembled all my 1914 outfit for the Wildworks event 100: The Day Our World Changed tomorrow and I’m really rather pleased with the effect!
2 The Day Lily buds keep coming and the Agapanthus is almost fully open – we are delighted with the way the colours look together.
3 For one reason and another, we have been rather late harvesting our Broad Beans and they needed double podding. So, as well as having some for supper tonight and freezing away a heap for later, I have made a scrumptious Broad Bean Soup with some delicious chicken stock from an organic chicken I cooked a few days ago and using all the skins and the biggest beans – two pints frozen away for a summer taste in winter. Success!