Category Archives: Humanist ceremony

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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Flowers, A Guest and A Wedding,

What a beautiful Humanist Wedding Ceremony I was privileged to be part of today and in the loveliest of settings overlooking Mawgan Porth.

Flowers on the window sill

Special Guest

The couple


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Desiderata, Clematis and A Web

I am preparing for a Humanist Wedding ceremony this coming Saturday and as I started work this morning, a message came in from two of my colleagues who did a Wedding last weekend (no, not that one!) where  Desiderata was one of the readings. I was reminded of how special it is.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Our Nelly Moser Clematis has its first flower and something is eating the petals!

Nelly Moser

I was sitting enjoying the sunshine when I noticed this circular web and wondered what creature may be responsible.

Who made this very neat web in the wall?



Wedding Photo, Recipe and Robert Frost

I conducted a Humanist Wedding Ceremony earlier in the summer and today received an email with some beautiful photos. This one shows the lovely moment near the end when I was signalling to the music man that now is the moment! The delightfully happy event was held at Charlie’s Boathouse and this was taken on the terrace with the sea as backdrop.

Charlestown wedding

Yesterday I showed you the glowing pots of Seville Orange marmalade that I had made in the afternoon. Ark asked for the recipe so I have put it on my Recipe pages. Here is the link to Seville Orange Marmalade

Robert Frost is one of my favourite poets.  Here is Moon Compasses for you.

Moon Compasses

I stole forth dimly in the dripping pause 
Between two downpours to see what there was. 
And a masked moon had spread down compass rays 
To a cone mountain in the midnight haze, 
As if the final estimate were hers, 
And as it measured in her calipers, 
The mountain stood exalted in its place. 
So love will take between the hands a face . . . 

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Humanist Wedding Ceremony in Charlestown

That was the loveliest of Wedding Ceremonies! Humanist Weddings are so very personal and each one is unique. This one in Charlestown today was no exception and many, many guests commented on the personal and warm nature of the ceremony. The rain stopped just long enough for us to be outside with a backdrop of the sea which was what the couple wanted. I shall have proper photos in a few weeks and will show you then. For now, here is a small gallery of some photos I managed while the guests were gathering.

The Bridal Arch with the sea behind


First Dance? First Swim!

It’s been a very busy day today so here is another photo from Monday’s very special wedding. Instead of a first dance, our beautiful couple had a first swim and were joined by many of their guests. I stayed on-shore with LiveWire 4 who held the flowers.

On Godrevy Beach



Flowers, Happiness and Sunset

A few more photos of yesterday’s wedding.  Click on any photo for detail.



Wedding on the Beach

We have had the most beautiful day with friends on Godrevy Beach. Just one photo until tomorrow.

Rose petal confetti on the sand



Wedding, Water Lily and Wet Leaves

I conducted the loveliest Humanist Wedding Ceremony this morning, in a beautiful garden with Cornish mist mizzling and everyone smiling.  It was personal and very moving and made even more special by the fact that a small group from The Suitcase Singers, one of the choirs I sing with, sang a number of most appropriate songs, chosen by the couple and beautifully arranged by our MD, Claire Ingleheart.  Thank you to the singers who helped to make that a very special ceremony for everyone involved.  Photos will follow later.

Two of our number invited us all back for lunch and that was really good too, to unwind with friends over a truly delicious meal and then to have a walk around their lovely and very productive garden. There was a Water Lily just opening on their pond.  (Thank you, P and J, for the rhubarb!)

Water Lily

Water Lily

I love taking photos in the rain! I love how droplets collect and act as little magnifying glasses on the leaves. Do click on the photo and then zoom in – it’s like magic!

Water droplets

Water droplets


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Humanist Wedding, Man on a Bike and Dessert

I loved my whole teaching career and when I retired I never dreamed that I would be so lucky to have this job of conducting special and unique Ceremonies for happy people! Today saw the Wedding Ceremony of a young Swedish couple and it was just lovely. They have promised to send me some photos  that I can put on here but I did just manage to snatch one as they walked up the aisle together afterwards. It was a new experience for me to have the vows repeated in Swedish.  All fifty  guests had come over from Sweden for the event.

After the Ceremony

After the Ceremony

2   As we were waiting for the Ceremony to begin, I noticed a biker on the cliffs, balancing his bike on a boulder and making an intriguing silhouette.

Biker on the Headland, Newquay

Biker on the Headland, Newquay

3   I saw a board outside a hotel in Falmouth the other day saying – “Did you know that stressed backwards is desserts?”  I decided that a dessert was on the cards today as the lovely Mr S has been battling a nasty virus for a week and I am struggling to beat it off so I decided that we both needed some quality comfort food. Rhubarb Butterscotch certainly fits that bill!  If the photos tempt you, the recipe can be found here. Click on any photo for the caption.

My heart goes out to all the people affected by the terrible earthquake in Nepal, such a beautiful country with beautiful and generous people. We bought a Shelterbox recently and I would be pleased to discover that our box is going out to help the people of Kathmandu.


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