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Happiness, Art and Protest

My choir sang at Krowji Open weekend this afternoon and what a happy bunch of singers we are! It was such a joy to be singing again, with an audience and Christmas carols after missing out last year completely.

In the intervals between singing, we wandered around the exhibitions and I loved the work on this door.

In one of the rooms were these posters of protest which appealed to me too. The artist gave her permission for the ‘Armchair Protest’ to be put on here.I missed her name and hope to find out soon..

 

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COP26, Exhibition and Cloud

You will all be aware that the COP26 meeting is happening in the UK, in Glasgow. Yesterday our choir sang, Voice for Change, music written by our choir leader, Claire Ingleheart and words by Jaime Lock, for a series of protest songs, Songs of Rebellion,  a few years ago. It’s a fabulous piece and we recorded it last night for you. Do listen to the words. The line, “We can’t tell our children that we have not tried” gets me every time.

The gallery, Fannie and Fox, where I used to sell my glass closed over the pandemic but we are having a pop-up exhibition this week at The Fish Factory in Penryn. We set up my corner this afternoon ready for the opening night tomorrow.

Goldenboots Glass display

Driving home afterwards there was a very interesting cloud that I managed to capture.

Cloud over Penryn

 

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Gayageum, A Walk and A Rainbow

Cerys Matthews played this piece this morning on her Radio 6 programme and we both loved it so I thought you, Dear Reader, might like it too. The instrument is new to me and I love the sound.

We managed a walk between showers yesterday past St Euny and up along some of the Great Flat Lode.

And today, another with very heavy showers, brought us a rainbow.

 

Flowers, Live Music and Raindrops

Our lovely neighbour brought round a small and very colourful bouquet from her garden.

We’ve spent the afternoon dressed in all our wet gear at an open air music event. It was held in the wonderful roofless old Church in St Day which has been brought back to life by the residents as a venue. It was just brilliant to be at a live music event again, all very well spaced and in the open air.

When we came home, rather damp, I noticed a sparkly diamond covered web on the Cotoneaster.

 

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Sadness, Butterfly and Nearly Full Moon

I am feeling really sad this evening having heard of the death of Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones.  This article touched me as he is remembered by so many musicians and others.. Down at the Lottie tonight I found myself in tears. Who knew that a Stone could ever die?

Looking in a nearby nursery for a replacement plant for a very untidy Tree Heather, we were taken by White Buddleia, the butterfly bush, when one landed and stayed long enough to have its photo taken.

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

I finally got a picture of the full moon, a day late so not quite full,  but still very lovely.

 

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Golfer, Gift and Gymnopodie

My choir, The Suitcase Singers, had our first sing together in the Zed Shed, Penryn,  in 18 months. We had just finished singing “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher”, when a quite emotional stranger appeared at the door. He explained that he was ‘golfing’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End and had just hit a low point. Then, while having a coffee at Muddy Beach, he had heard us singing and just had to come up to tell us how it had lifted his spirits. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! This is a link to his remarkable story and his Just Giving page in case you are moved to support him too. David Sullivan is raising money to provide defibrillators all over the country. It was a very special moment for all of us too.

Another lovely moment today was when I went to the allotment to collect our veg for tonight’s dinner and there on our plot was this glorious bright orange squash, a Potimarron, a gift from friends on another plot. What a beauty!  Looking it up I discovered that  Le potimarron est une variété de potiron qui se distingue par son goût de châtaigne. I’m told too that it makes a delicious soup so guess what I shall be doing tomorrow. Thank you very much to S&M.

As I was starting to write this post this evening, a favourite piece of music came on the radio and I thought I would share it with you. Eric Satie Gympopodie

 

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Slow Worm, Golden Grain and Blackberries ……

….   and some music for you too today, later.

On our walk in the mizzle late this afternoon, the lovely Mr S spotted a Slow worm. I haven’t seen one since I was a child living in Penwartha near Perranporth. What a  treat!

We pass fields of gold on our local walk at this time of year and I am always reminded of Sting’s singing of Fields of Gold, which I love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLVq0IAzh1A&list=RDKLVq0IAzh1A&index=1

The Blackberries are ripening.

 

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Winter Pansies, A Poem and A Song

We’ve had heavy rain all day but the border outside the kitchen is still bright and colourful. The Winter Flowering Pansies just go on and on! Perhaps that tells you something about our temperatures this Spring and Summer.

Taken through a rainy window

I listened to BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please this afternoon and heard a young poet talking. She is Cecilia Knapp and she is the The Young People’s Laureate for London. Her choices were very pleasing and I particularly like one  by another poet new to me, Caroline Bird. I loved this one, Checkout, that she chose and will seek out more by this poet and those by Cecilia Knapp. What a lovely gentle sense of humour and expression of love is shown in this one. .

Another poem Cecilia Knapp chose was Crossing the Bar by Tennyson. We sing a beautiful version of this with The Ingleheart Singers. Here is just one verse.

 

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Singing, A Toothbrush and A Cartoon

In 2013 some of our choir walked from Lands End to St Just, inspired by the March of the Women, 100 years before, who walked from Land’s End to London demanding Votes for Women. Tonight, in the atrium of the Eco Park we sang March of the Women, conducted by our leader, Claire, using a toothbrush.

Ethel Smyth’s rousing March of the Women was composed in 1910 to words by Cicely Hamilton, with a tune adapted from a traditional Italian melody. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) introduced it as the official anthem of the Women’s Social and Political Union and it became associated with the suffrage movement more generally. Info from the British Library

In 1911 it was sung on Pall Mall in celebration of the release from prison of a number of activists. The following year, the conductor Thomas Beecham (1879–1961) apparently heard it sung in Holloway Prison, where Smyth and Pankhurst were imprisoned and it is said that Ethel Smyth conducted the imprisoned women singing at their windows, using her toothbrush as a baton.  Some of you know that my Great Granny was a Suffragette imprisoned and force fed in Holloway. I like to think she may have known and sung this song.

Two of our lovely choir members with whom I sing in the tenor section. I have permission to use their photos in my blog post.

There was a rueful smile when I saw this cartoon.

Covid rules in England say choirs can only sing outdoors in groups of no more than 30, all socially distanced. Have you seen/heard any football matches recently? 🙂

 

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At the Allotment and A Concert

Things are growing!

Purple Mange Tout pods and flowers

Courgettes, Pumpkins, Squash and Marigolds

 

Several of my friends are in a wonderful singing group called Femmes de La Mer and, as the name suggests, they sing songs of the sea, shanties and others. They did a concert in the wonderful setting of The Minack Theatre last night and here is one of my favourite pieces.  I’ll be seeing them next week at another outdoor venue. Do click on the link, you’ll love it I’m sure, though I’m not sure if it will work if you aren’t on Facebook. Please let me know as I will try another way to share.

Femmes de la Mer at The Minack 19:6:2021

https://fb.watch/6ffRhUeTy4/

 

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