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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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Fierce Winds, Rain Flowers and Plans

1   It was stormy in the night and the winds blew a skeleton leaf into the porch. The lovely Mr S spotted it and brought in for me. The shadow is almost as beautiful as the leaf.

Skeleton Leaf and shadow

Skeleton Leaf and shadow

2   Raindrops on the newly opened flowers make them even more beautiful.

Pansy after rain

Pansy after rain

Cistus

Cistus

3  Plans are afoot! Next Wednesday, it will be one hundred years since a group of women from Cornwall set off to walk from Land’s End to London to join their Suffragette and Suffragist sisters in Hyde Park for a rally where they were continuing their fight to win the vote. We are looking at the route and getting as many people as we can to join us on the first section.  If you are in Cornwall and want to walk along, you can find more information here and here.

Oxygen-the play

Oxygen-the play

 

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Choir Babies, ‘Oxygen’ and Cricket

1   Lots of beautiful Choir-babies with us today -they are such a delight and the singing must be very good for them!

Choir babies

Choir babies, watching Claire as closely as we do!

2   This afternoon, at the Hall for Cornwall, we were invited to an Open rehearsal of ‘Oxygen’, a new play celebrating the centenary of The Great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage. Women marched from all over the country to a huge rally in Hyde Park and this play is about the Cornish contingent.  It was brilliant watching the actors and directors working together and such a privilege to be invited in.   A number of us have plans to walk in the footsteps of these amazing women on 19th June at the start of the project. We plan to walk from Land’s End to St Just and all along the route there are other events planned. If you live nearby, please join us!

About to set off from Land's End to London

About to set off from Land’s End to London

Many of you reading will know that my Great Grandmother was a Suffragette who was force fed in Holloway for her actions in the fight for women to get the vote. I think she would have been very proud to know that she and her fellows are being remembered in this very moving tribute. Fot those of you who are reading in the UK and who are anywhere on the route from Land’s End to Hyde Park, try to see one of the productions of the play along the route. Find out more here.

3   We have eaten in the garden this evening with the sounds of Summer all around us, the most evocative being the thwack of leather on willow, the shouts of ‘Howzat!’ and the sporadic clapping from the nearby cricket ground. They all bring back warm summer memories for both of us of our Dads playing cricket when we were kids.

 

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Suffragettes, Beach Walk and Suffragette Garden

1  After a happy morning immersing ourselves in the history of Suffragettes, in particular, the March in 1913 from Cornwall up to Hyde Park and A Suffragette Diary, we enjoyed a splendid lunch, mussels for C and Asparagus in Parma ham for me!

Books we were using, 'Badge of Honour' (UK) and 'Tie to the Past' (USA title) written by my Dad

Books we were using, ‘Badge of Honour’ (UK) and ‘Tie to the Past’ (USA title) written by my Dad

Cornish Mussels

Steaming Cornish Mussels

Asparagus in Parma Ham with Mozzarella and Spinach Pesto

Asparagus in Parma Ham with Mozzarella and Spinach Pesto

2   After lunch we walked in the beautiful Spring sunshine down the beach to the shoreline.

Waves at Porthtowan

Waves at Porthtowan

Sand puddles and patterns

Sand puddles and patterns

Patterns in the pools

Patterns in the pools

3   My Suffragette garden, honouring my Great Grandmother and all those imprisoned in Holloway and force fed in their fight to gain the vote for women,  is looking splendid in today’s sunshine – white and purple tulips, white narcissi and purple and white pansies.

Purple, white and green garden

Purple, white and green garden

Purple tulip

Purple tulip

 

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Pulley Block, Fresh Eggs and A Suffragette’s Diary

1   From the window of the Zed Shed while other parts were being learned, I was looking at the beautiful yacht, the mast of which I showed you a few weeks ago. The beautiful graining on this wooden pulley block caught my eye.

Pulley block

Pulley block

2    Every week, some friends in the choir bring their fresh eggs to sell. These ones were particularly beautiful in their variety of colours and are now sitting in our old wooden egg holder in the bottom row.

Pulley block

Pulley block

3     Some years ago I ‘wrote’ another blog and today found a comment saying how inspirational it is!  The words in the blog were not mine. Let me explain by giving you some of the first post here:

July 11th 2009

Today, while sorting some of my late Father’s papers, I came across an envelope marked Suffragette’s Diary and I began to read. Serendipity indeed – the entries begin on July 12th 1909, one hundred years ago come tomorrow.   What follows is a transcript of the Diary, written by an unknown Suffragette, who was imprisoned in Holloway , along with a number of other window breakers. I have used only initials for the other prisoners though they are in the Diary in full. The only name we don’t know is that of the author.

As my Great Grandmother was a Suffragette, also imprisoned in Holloway, I have a particular interest and intend to read, transcribe and publish each day so don’t yet know how the story will unfold.

If you have time and interest, do go along and have a read. It is utterly fascinating! Please comment and let me know how it affects you.

http://suffragette12709.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/july-11th-2009/

Suffragette

Suffragette

P.S.  I promised to let you know how much The Suitcase Singers raised for Comic Relief with our Goodbye Gig last Saturday – £111.41 from ticket sales,a small auction and contributions. Brilliant! That’s £161.41 altogether with the cake sales.   Thank you so much to all concerned.

 

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