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Last Night, Feather and A New Book

The concert last night was fabulous! St Euny Church was packed and the audience were so appreciative – standing ovations indeed! Being involved, I couldn’t take many photos but here is a moment of our joint rehearsal of Calon Lan with Cor Serenata, taken by our choir leader, Claire. (Sadly her battery ran out.).  I just have to say, that during the concert, standing among the Welsh singers as they sang the verses of Canon Lan, was a beautiful experience. We joined in the choruses  and that was lovely too. If you want to find me, I am back left at the top of the picture as the video plays.  Our concert was in aid of ShelterBox and the music department of Troon Primary School, where we rehearse each week.

The shared meal, all made by The Ingleheart Singers was also much appreciated.

Pudding time – a small selection!

I found a rain-dropped feather in our drive.

Feather with raindrops

A friend of mine, Lesley Trotter, whom I first met while researching for last year’s production by Perthi Kov, ‘Until the Day Break’, has written a book , “The Married Widows of Cornwall” and I am privileged to have received the first advance copy. I started reading this morning and have been unable to put it down as Lesley begins to trace the histories of the women ‘left behind’ in Cornwall when their tin mining husbands went to work overseas.

‘The Married Widows of Cornwall’ by Lesley Trotter

I am posting early today as one of our beautiful daughters is arriving later with her two beautiful LiveWires and their Daddy is joining us all after finishing filming the cricket at Lords.  I also have to stop reading to get things ready!

 

 

 

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Sunset, Granny’s Bowl and Eton Mess

Last night’s sunset was lovely and peachy and reflected in my car window.

Sunset

Our lovely neighbour came in for supper tonight and after Caponata with Chicken, I served up Eton mess in a beautiful pale blue glass bowl that was my Granny’s. It was a Wedding present for her and Grandpa in June 1913! Isn’t it amazing that this glass bowl is still in use 105 years later?  I just love that she used it, my Mum always served  the Christmas Sherry Trifle in this bowl and now I, too, can use it and I love it.

Granny’s bowl

Eton Mess in Granny’s beautiful bowl

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue, and whipped double cream. First mentioned in print in 1893, it is commonly believed to originate from EtonCollege and is served at the annual cricket match against the pupils of Harrow School.  As the lovely Mr S says, the boys from Eton are still making a mess.

 
 

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Confit Duck, Successful Soup and A Little Bouquet

One of our favourite meals is Confit Duck but we only have it when we eat out and that is not that often so I decided to have a go at doing it myself. I found the recipe and discovered that the preparation starts 24 hours before you want to eat! Here are the prepared legs which are now sitting in the fridge for their ‘at least 12 hours’ chilling, looking rather pretty with the herbs and orange zest, salt and peppercorns.

Prepared Confit Duck

We have eaten lots of our home-grown Runner Beans, frozen even more away and today I have made the first batch of my Runner Bean Soup, which gets more hits than any other post and which, if you Google Runner Bean Soup, comes quite high on the page!

Runner Bean Soup

Yesterday, two of my lovely friends gave me a little bouquet of Sweet Peas, picked out for me because they are purple. I put them with some white Daisies which we brought in after they had been brought down by wind.

Sweet Peas and Daisies

 

 

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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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A Celebration of Women

What a fabulous afternoon being a part of celebrating the Centenary of some women getting the vote! We all gathered in Mawnan Smith – The Mawnan Smith W I, singers from my choirs, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and many supporters and we marched along to Trebah Gardens, singing some of the way when we had enough breath! We finished in the amphitheatre  and sang for all the wonderful people who had joined us along the way. Such a wonderful feeling of solidarity, such a deep feeling of community and an acknowledgement that there is still some way to go and that we must carry on where our sisters have fought before. Click on any photo for a bigger view and the caption.

Votes for Women!

 

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Cowl, Slogan and Naked Lady

From the car park at St Michael’s Hospital where we went to see the surgeon about my steroid injected ankles, we saw several small cowls and thought they must belong to some old farm buildings. Just for the record, the steroid injections have been amazing and I can ask for more in six months should I need them.

Cowl

After the visit we went to the local Garden Centre and spent some more money buying some beautiful plants. I loved these words on the back of one of the staff. My Mum, once retired from teaching deaf children, used to put Gardener as her profession on official forms.

In the garden centre

I visited a friend this afternoon for a Reflexology treatment and she showed me round her garden. I loved its quirkiness, especially her naked lady, known as Tallulah.

Beautiful naked lady

 

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Wedding Bus, Front Garden and Blossom

In Highgate, while waiting to meet a friend of many years, a Wedding Bus went by reminding us of Daughter No 2’s wedding 11 years ago when all the guests travelled from Marylebone Town Hall to the reception in just such a bus.

Wedding bus

Walking to the pub where we spent a happy three hours catching up over lunch, was this basement garden, surrounded by scaffolding but bright and cheery in the sunshine.

A front garden in Highgate

Leaving the pub, this magnificent Cherry tree full of blossom attracted my camera.

Blossom

 

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