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Knitting, Sailing and Sunshine

1    What a cracker of a day this has been!  After an early trip to the osteopath, off to singing with The Suitcase Singers where five more wonderful knitters had their pieces finished for me to join to the growing Peace scarf, our contribution to Wool Against Weapons’ 7 mile scarf. I sang and joined and finished just in time for the last song, the very moving ‘Oxygen’, written by our wonderful leader, Claire Ingleheart, to honour our Suffragette sisters. It is 101 years ago today that the first Cornish contingent set off walking from Lands End to London to demand the vote for women. See this post for last year’s event.

The Suitcase Singers surrounded by our 21 pieces

The Suitcase Singers surrounded by our 21 pieces

Our knitting went around more than once

Our knitting went around more than once

More pieces

More pieces

Our roll of pieces

Our roll of pieces by the Penryn River

2    After that rousing and exhilarating sing, I met the lovely Mr S and we went off for the final three hours of our sailing course and at the end of a truly gruelling session, we have both passed our RYA2! No photos! Too busy!

3   This evening I have laid out our 21 pieces in the evening sunshine in our garden and rolled it all up ready to be collected and taken to Stroud tomorrow. I have marked the end and the beginning with Purple, White and Green ribbons to further honour our Suffraggette sisters with the inscription – “Knit, Natter and Sing Redruth, Cornwall”  Hopefully they will help us to identify our bits of the scarf in photos from 9th August when the seven miles of knitting will be spread out from Aldermaston to Burghfield.

21 pieces all over the garden

21 pieces all over the garden

Re-rolled and Suffragette colours attached

Re-rolled and Suffragette colours attached

 

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Courgette Flowers, Old Family Recipe and Oxygen, the Song

1   The courgettes are really taking off. I’m so looking forward to being able to harvest some.

Courgette flowers

Courgette flowers

2   Our eldest daughter is with us for a week as she walks some of the coastal path with a friend. She asked if I had any Picnic Pie in the freezer – a staple of walks and picnics for our family for as long as I can remember. This afternoon, I dug out my Granny’s Recipe book, a note book given to her in 1903 and found the recipe for Picnic Pie from 1946 and made one ready for tomorrow’s walk.

Original recipe from 1946

Original recipe from 1946

Picnic Pie

Picnic Pie

3   While we were in London, Claire’s three choirs performed in Carn Marth Quarry near Redruth. Here, you can hear one of the songs, music by Claire Ingleheart and lyrics by Natalie McGrath, written for the play, Oxygen, about the Suffragist March from Lands End to London..   It was filmed by Tina Wheeler, with apologies for the noisy crowd, unruly children, dogs hitting tripod, and the wind.    The tour of the play is coming to an end and it has had brilliant reviews.
Rather belatedly,  I want to thank El Guapo for his delightful post when I asked him for help to put the word out about the play for me.

 

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Red Roses in Bodmin, Herbs and Purple Poppy

1   One hundred years ago today, the Suffragists on the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913 from Land’s End to London, stopped in Bodmin where the Mayor greeted them with a red rose each in a gesture of solidarity. Today, on the tour of the play, Oxygen by Natalie McGrath, along the route, the troupe stopped in Bodmin and were presented with red roses by the Mayor in remembrance of June 25th 1913.  We were there! It was brilliant to hear some of the speeches again and to join the cast in the singing of the song that we learned yesterday.

The Mayor, the Cast and the Roses

The Mayor, the Cast and the Roses

Singing Oxygen, the song we learned last night

Singing Oxygen, the song we learned last night

2   I love being able to cut fresh herbs for our salad dressing – two kinds of mint, chives and garlic chives, sage and three kinds of thyme. Delicious.

Herbs chopped for a salad dressing

Herbs chopped for a salad dressing

3   The purple Poppies and the white Cistus have both opened today in my purple, white and green Suffragette garden. What excellent timing!

Purple poppy in my Suffragette garden

Purple poppy in my Suffragette garden

White Cistus

White Cistus

 

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Carl Sagan, Crinodendron and Oxygen, the Song

1   I’ve been learning about Carl Sagan by reading Alex’s amazing blog and then today was sent this quotation  by a friend: Carl Sagan talking about books and I just love it.

Books by Carl Sagan

Books by Carl Sagan

2   Our neighbours’ Crinodendron hookerianum is full of blossom. It is so beautiful. Our young one, which had  more than thirty flowers last year, has none this. We’re wondering what we have done wrong…….

Crinodendron hookerianum

Crinodendron hookerianum

3   At choir tonight, we have started to learn one of the beautiful songs from the play, Oxygen, which I’ve been raving about for the last few days. Our leader, Claire Ingleheart, wrote the music for the play and was the Musical Director.

P.S. Here’s a review of the play, Oxygen, in The Stage. The reviewer agrees with me!

 

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Ball Park, Experiment and ‘Oxygen’, The Play

1    The Grandchildren had a lovely time in the ball-park and Grand-baby T proved to be quite a climber.

Climbing

Climbing

2    J had fun discovering what his lung capacity might be. The experiment was in one of his books and proved to be great fun to do.

Experiment

Experiment

3   KJ and I went to see Oxygen, a new play by Natalie McGrath, in Penzance this evening. It was wonderful, moving and totally involving. Many of you who read my blog know that my Great Granny, Granny Wiseman, was a Suffragette who was imprisoned in Holloway and force fed and that we have her Holloway Brooch in the family. I have been brought up to be very proud of her.
Tonight, I am completely overwhelmed by what she and others did to win the vote for women. It is one thing to be told family history, to read novels and non-fiction, but to see it brought alive on stage was something else indeed. I wept in the knowledge that my Great Granny went through this barbaric treatment for her beliefs.  If you are anywhere where this play is being performed, do go and see it! The music is moving, the acting superb and the story, beautifully told, one everyone should know.
Venues through the Southwest and all the way up to Hyde Park can be found here.

Holloway brooch

Holloway brooch

 

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The Suffragette Pilgrimage, Sea Gazing and Ice-cream

1   More than fifty walkers turned up today to watch the opening episode of Oxygen and to walk in the footsteps of their Suffragette sisters marking the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913. That was so brilliant!  The play was inspiring and moving and then the walk started, led by the actors, singing songs from the play. What a day!

2   The children and I only walked at the start and then waved everyone off (There will be more photos very soon from the walkers themselves)    We took the children to play in the sand at Mount’s Bay……

Gazing out to sea

Gazing out to sea

3  …….. and finished off the day with a delicious Cornish ice-cream, thinking all the afternoon of those of my dear friends walking the trail at the same time as those amazing women walked exactly 100 years ago today. The Suffragettes in 1913 walked for themselves and for those who couldn’t and that’s what my people did for me today. Thank you.

Strawberry ice-cream

Strawberry ice-cream

 

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Baby Hair, Truro Museum and A Special Song

1   Isn’t this just beautiful? Baby hair, just washed.

Just washed baby hair

Just washed baby hair

2   We spent the morning in Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum investigating all the exhibits.

I'm off to explore

I’m off to explore

3   Such a lovely surprise when we came home and I opened up comments on my blog. Meme, whose blog I so admire and who writes and sings songs, has written us a song for the Suffragette March on Wednesday.  I don’t usually re-blog but this one I have just done.  Click on one of the red links above for a direct link to Meme’s song for the Suffragette Pilgrimage or go back one post on my blog.

Thank you so much, Meme, for this song which I shall teach to the other marchers as soon as we set off. I’ll hope to record us singing it for you!

 

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