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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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Radio 3, Soup and Angels

We have stopped listening to the Today programme on Radio 4 in the mornings as the combative nature of the interviews and the general bad news is not contributing to our well-being. Instead we are listening to music, this morning on Radio 3, and caught the delightful  Elizabeth Alker in her Breakfast slot. One of the pieces she played was Jeanne by Georges Brassens and I loved it so thought I would share it with you here. If you’d like a translation of the words, click on this link.

Super delicious new soup for lunch, Herby Broccoli and Pea, one I shall repeat.

Herby Broccoli and Pea Soup

I’m loving making Angels for the Christmas markets. Here are the latest bunch, all foiled and ready for soldering.

More of my ‘choir’ of angels

 

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No Protest Fatigue …..

…. if we all take it in turns to breathe.

Michael Moore’s words

 
 

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The Last Few Busy Days

We arrived home on Wednesday evening and went straight to the sea.

Porthtowan

We spent Thursday unpacking etc. On Friday morning we went to stand with the Youth strike for the Climate in Truro

The Red Rebels

……..  and in the evening to a splendid Sing and Supper at Mount Pleasant Eco Park with friends.

The delicious menu

Saturday saw us in Truro again for International Peace Day and taking part in a flashmob in Truro Cathedral. The following video  gives a flavour of the wonderful event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qrh5gsj4Dg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3I76PlF-HhRaB1CPfe7ASme5VslagI6GG_bmPJMcJU8t_5tlR0TlqEZVo

Today I have made my first Christmas angel of the season out of Victorian window glass and some pretty beads I picked up while away.This afternoon we have been blackberry picking and got caught in a drenching storm and this afternoon ……..

Water rushing down the hill

….. I have made a blackberry cake, Thomasina Miers’ Spiced Blackberry and Brown Sugar Crumble Cake and so – we are home! More about our adventures in later posts.

 

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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.

 

We Need Each Other Now, Dessert and Moon Flowers

I love this song . It speaks to me and for me.

We had friends round for dinner tonight and I made a Summer pudding.

There were clouds last night as on the last full moon night but the night before was very clear and I attempted to get photos of the Moon Garden.

 

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Saltash, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Ann Glanville

The Suitcase Singers went by train all the way to Saltash Regatta & Waterside Festival 2019 today to sing in the glorious sunshine, the highlight of the day being singing ‘Ann Glanville’ around her statue. It was a brilliant day out, singing our hearts out and interestingly,  being underneath the Brunel Bridge for a change!

Boat full of flowers on Saltash station

The Suitcase Singers with Ann Glanville about whom our lovely Claire, choir leader, has written a song

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

His bridge

View of the bridge from up the hill

Blue plaque to Ann Glanville

 

 

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