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Autumn Day, Sunset and A Bonfire

What a glorious Autumn day as we went off to Port Isaac, (you may know the village from Doc Martin), exploring all the little byways and lanes, mostly uphill it seemed and finding a little cafe to have lunch.

In Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Tonight there was the most glorious sunset. I took this photo from the middle of our town.

Sunset from Redruth

Tonight  we have been to a Sing for your Supper event at the Eco Park ending up singing round the fire – just brilliant!

Singing around the fire

 

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Transparent Water

We have seen Seckou Keita in concert before but tonight at AMATA, the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts in Penryn, the concert was outstanding. Seckou  was playing with Omar Sosa on piano and Gustave Ovalles on percussion and the whole audience loved it all. Their new collaborative cd is called Transparent Water and that was what we heard live tonight – fabulous!

Poster

A gallery of the evening is not enough. You need to catch them on tour if you can. Our son has known Seckou for many years and learnt both to play the Kora and to make them with Seckou who was delighted to hear that D is now a father of twins! Click on any photo for more detail.

 
 

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Lo Yisa Goy, Autumn Rain and Garden View

I told you a couple of weeks ago that my choirs were leaning a new song for our part in World Peace Day tomorrow. Here is a recording sent to me today by our choir leader.    

After a couple of sunny days a front is moving through and so we have had Autumn rain. Here is a poem by Mary Oliver to celebrate  Rain


Last Night the Rain Spoke To Me – Mary Oliver

Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,

what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again

in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,

smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches

and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing

under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,

and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment,
at which moment

my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars

and the soft rain—
imagine! imagine!
the wild and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

Here is a view from indoors of our Tinner’s Hound in our rainy garden. He is still laughing!

Tinner’s Hound by David Kemp

 

 

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A Day Out with Very Dear Friends

Join us on our day out – to St  Ives on the train, one of the best rides ever along the Cornish coast, in St Ives, to Mounts Bay and thence to Chysauster Ancient Village, home for a break and on up to Carn Brea and home for a relaxed and happy dinner with delicious fresh Runner Beans from the garden.  Click on any photo for more detail.

 

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Spider, Frog and Singing

It has been very Autumnal in the garden today and I noticed several spiders busy in their webs. This was the only successful photo though as they were constantly on the move.

Araneus diadematus

European Garden Spider or Cross Orb-Weaver

A frog has turned up in a tub of water on the patio. There are stones there so he can get out but I am hoping he is okay.

Green frog

The new singing term started with The Inglehearts tonight and was such a joy. We have all missed our session. Tonight we learned a new song for World Peace Day on 21st September when we will be performing in Truro.

Lo yisa goi el goi cherev

Lo yil m’du od milchama

Lo yisa goi el goi cherev

Lo yil m’du od milchama

Lo yisa goi el goi cherev

Lo yil m’du od milchama

Lo yisa goi el goi cherev

Lo yil m’du od milchama

Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war any more.

Thank you, Claire.

 

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Buzzard, Waves and Lewis Carroll?

An evening ride in late sunshine to Chapelporth was a delight. We were able to get close to this Buzzard on a telegraph pole.

On a telegraph pole

It was high tide and the waves were crashing satisfyingly against the rocks.

Crashing waves at full tide, Chapel Porth

A VW camper van came into the car park for a few moments and had some of (?) Lewis Carroll’s words on the side.

On the side of a camper-van

In fact the lines are not from Alice in Wonderland though the sentiment is when the Cheshire Cat has a conversation with  Alice:

‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t much care where …..’ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘….. so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’

The words are, of course, George Harrison’s in his composition, Any Road. Listen here!

Isn’t that a delight?  I like the next one too, All Things Pass.  Over to you, Dear Reader.

 

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Concert, Finished Thatch and Patterns

Today I had people in the audience when we did a concert! The Inglehearts and The Suitcases sang in Truro Cathedral as part of their Lunchtime Concerts Series and it was so lovely to have Daughter No 2 and her two LiveWires there smiling as we sang.

Choirs at Truro Cathedral

Driving home there was no-one behind us so I was able to get a much better photo of the newly thatched cottage along the road.

Isn’t this beautiful?

All the LiveWires love the tessallation shapes that their own parents played with 40 odd years ago!

 

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