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Paper Bags, Special New Stamps and Alstroemeria

We drove into town today and walked around so I managed some exercise. My ankles have lost their leaden feeling which I woke up with and I am still pain free…………  We were delighted to find that our local Greengrocer now supplies paper bags rather than plastic – brilliant!

Paper bags for produce – hooray!

There has been a new stamp issue today to commemorate the Suffragettes and the Suffragists and their success in winning the Vote for some women. Those who know me, will know that my Great Granny was a Suffragette and those who receive a Christmas card from us will have one of the special stamps on their envelope! I bought enough today for all our Christmas cards.

Suffragette stamps of all the values

Our lovely bunch of Alstroemeria have opened and are brightening the hall. We had sunshine today and it streamed through the house lightening up the blooms.

Alstroemeria

 

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Snow! Centenary and A Song

We woke to snow! What a treat for us here in Cornwall and it was all gone by lunchtime. Click on any photo for a wider view.

 

Today is the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage, 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. It was legislation that enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later. I have been publishing Suffragette Diary as my contribution to the Cause. Today has brought some special news and a song.

In my post yesterday, I shared my research which had led me to think that the anonymous Suffragette was, in fact, Gladys Roberts.  To my delight, that has been confirmed today by a researcher friend. Thank you, Lesley . And that is not all……

Lesley has also discovered information about my Great Granny, Mrs Wiseman, whom we knew had been force fed in Holloway for which she received the Holloway Brooch but we knew no more.   Now we know what Mary Wiseman did. At 53, she was an activist in Manchester and joined several other women in London in an attempt to present a petition to the Prime Minister. When the police tried to prevent the women, they ‘obstructed’ and some hit the police. For this they were arrested, taken to the Magistrate’s court and imprisoned.  One of the cuttings mentions Winston Churchill watching from behind the railings!

Cornishman 8 April 1909

Newspaper image ©The British Library Board. All rights reserved. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

I had a message as I started to transcribe the Diary from a songwriter who wanted to use it in creating a song about Suffragettes. ‘Of course,’ I said  and here is the song, many phrases of which you will recognise if you have read the Diary. Thank you, Matt, it’s brilliant!  https://museumsongwriter.wordpress.com/the-songs/

 

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Gurnard’s Head, Mermaid and A Cove

We have had a splendid couple of days at The Gurnard’s Head Hotel near Zennor. Everything about this hotel is conducive to a relaxing and happy stay – the food is splendid, the towels big and soft, the log fire welcoming, the staff friendly and helpful. It made for a lovely way to celebrate the lovely Mr S’s birthday.

The sign on the hotel

After a delicious breakfast we set off to re-discover the Zennor Mermaid at St Senara Church, had a walk, very cold and windy but dry, down the valley and were home in time for a late lunch. Click on any photo for the caption and a larger view.

The next instalment of Suffragette Diary can be read by clicking on the red link. Our Suffragette is getting weaker as her Hunger Strike enters its 4th day……..

https://suffragettediary.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/sunday-18th-aug/

 

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Narcissi, Botallack and Lamp-posts

There were some beautiful locally grown flowers on our breakfast table before our drive down the coast towards St Just-in-Penwith via several old tin workings with their iconic buildings that scatter these moors and much of Cornwall’s landscape. It was a bright but bitterly cold and windy day with the odd rainbow and hail shower to keep us on our toes! We had lunch in the Cook Bookshop in St Just and were very taken with the delightful flower painted lamp posts in the small town.

The Crowns at Botallack

Diary entry dated Saturday July 17th , three days into our Suffragette’s Hunger Strike,  has been published. She is becoming weak and weepy but will not be deterred.

 https://suffragettediary.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/saturday-17th-july/

 

Station Art, Belem and Fondue

Two pieces of pleasing tile art from the stations, a gleeful Devil and some Ghost dancers, as we went on our journey to visit Belem, the Tower, the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, (Monument to the Discoveries)and the Berarda Art Museum returning home in time for another jacuzzi and a G&T before a splendid supper at a Fondue restaurant.






The oven where our Crostini were toasted.

The delightful sign on the Ladies’ loo.

Looking up into the sky light at the Berarda Museum, reminiscent of the James Turrell piece in the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall.
Fabulous photographs by Lu Nan of life in Tibet. I found these very moving.

Wonderful meal!

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in architecture, art, Beauty, environment, History

 

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Mary Michell, A Conker and Good Thoughts

On 19th September, our American friends and we were treated to an historical tour of St Day. Part of our walk was to the old Church of St Day and even inside as our historian friend from the village had acquired the key! Inside the Church was a statue that I found very moving. I loved the delicacy of and the expression on her face, the care with which the folds of her dress and waves of her hair were recreated in stone and I looked at her for some time before reading the engraving beneath and discovering that she had died at only eighteen.

I loved this statue to commemorate Mary inside the old Church in St Day

Today Lesley has shared with me the research she has just completed into Mary’s short life. As she said, have your tissues ready. Click on the red link to read the story,  Monument to a lost bride

Remembering Mary

I had a lovely time singing with friends this afternoon. As I parked and began to walk down the lane, a conker fell on my head!

Conker

 

This came my way the other day and I liked it.

 
 

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Mining Memorial Sunday and A Cosy Afternoon

We didn’t do the Pilgrimage from Wheal Bassett Stamp House to Wheal Euny and down to the Church  but waited in the mizzle at St Euny Church for the singers and walkers. The rain was such that the rest of the event, some scheduled for outdoors, was all moved into the Church. Mining Memorial Sunday is to recognise the history and the importance of our town and surrounding areas in the mining of tin and copper and to give thanks. Perthi Kov, our small theatre company who put together ‘Until the Day Break’ (lots of information elsewhere in my blog) were asked if any of our characters would like to reprise their story telling to help bring the history alive. Three of those stories which involved miners taking their skills abroad were retold and were very well received:  Mary Angove Gill whose story I researched and wrote, J W Goldsworthy, whose story I researched and a colleague wrote and Catherine Tonkin Burrowes and one of our singers reprised the final song which the congregation joined in with. It was a very moving service followed by Cornish Pasties and a Cream Tea!

Jeannette, Mandy, Florence and Keith

We liked the final hymn which we hadn’t heard before, the last verse in Cornish being sung with particular gusto!

The final hymn

After getting thoroughly wet, though not as wet as the walkers, and then chilled in the Church, we have spent the afternoon cosied up in the sitting room, stuck into our books. I am re-reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – just as good this time around.

 

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