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Action Calendar, Paul Robeson and A Film

New for November

The great actor, singer, and socialist Paul Robeson died on this day in 1976. He was a great friend to the mining community in Britain. Here he sings for miners during a visit to Britain in 1949. This song was played at my Dad’s Humanist  funeral and is a great favourite.
I grew up hearing and loving Paul Robeson’s voice and in the year that my Dad lived in Cornwall before we were able to join him (I was only 6 years old) Mum played ‘Just a Wearyin’ for you’ every evening and it can still bring me to tears as I remember how much I missed my Dad and it’s only now that I realise that she wasn’t playing it for me but for herself. How they must have missed each other that year. They’d already had five years apart during the war and now Mum had three of us to look after and a fourth on the way who was born just ten weeks before we eventually moved to Cornwall and were all together again and living by Pill Creek as I wrote about here.

We have just come home from watching Official Secrets, the story of Katharine Gun, whistle blower extraordinaire. See it if you can.

 

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2019 in Happiness, music, Postaday 2019, singing

 

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View, Weaving and Cake

I arrived at the venue for the Humanist Baby Naming I was conducting this afternoon and what a view! The wind dropped, the rain held off and we had the most joyous ceremony you can imagine.

Across the Carrick Roads

Friends and family were asked to write their wishes for the little boy’s future on coloured strips of linen. They will be woven to make the body of the sailing boat which is made up of cream linen strips on which friends and family wrote wishes for the lovely young parents when they were married. What a beautiful idea!

Linen wish weaving

Also saved from their wedding six years ago, in the traditional manner, was the top tier of their Wedding cake decorated by the bride, to which their little boy, who will be one year old on Monday, has been added.

Wedding Cake

 

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Wedding Day, Biscuits and Blackberry Gin

Fifty two years ago today was our Wedding Day. The Siamese cat just turned up – it wasn’t one of ours, they were still at home in Treyew Road!

There were two heart biscuits in the box so we had them today.

We’ve been out for a celebratory meal tonight and I had a glass of Cornish Blackberry gin.

 

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The Devil’s Hatband, Washboard and Hairband

A brilliant afternoon was had by all in the garden of the Old Oak in Perranwell where the fabulous Devil’s Hatband were playing.

Embroidery detail and the washboard being played.

We were there with our nephew and family, on holiday from Germany,  which was great fun. I’s hairband was very pretty.

 

Altruism, Beans and A Butterfly

Action for Happiness are focussing on kindness this month.

We have our first harvest of beans – beautifully purple until they are cooked and then they are, disappointingly, just green.

We’ve been at the Ecp Park this evening for an Extinction Rebellion meeting. Beforehand we walked around and spotted a Painted Lady butterfly on the rough wall surrounding the fire pit.

 

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Birds, Beach and Sea

It is so good to come home! We have been in the big  city for the last few days – so to come home to fresh air, peace and quiet and the beauty of Cornwall is quite something. We enjoyed our adventures but it is so good to come home.  Please enjoy the gallery below giving you a taste of Godrevy and the sea.

 

Hop, Jewels and Loving Kindness

We met a friend for lunch today and I was amused by the loss of the ‘E’ in the sign above the bar.

On our way home from school we stopped at a secondhand shop and LiveWire No 3 chose some pretty jewels for my glass work.

This came my way today – kindness being the most important attribute we can help our LiveWires learn.

 
 
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