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Shoreline, Bows, Thirsty Dog and Bedruthan Steps

Shoreline is a beautiful production on Cornish beaches incorporating dance and music. Do click on the red link to discover what it is all about and enjoy the gallery of today’s Premiere on Watergate Bay Beach. Click on any photo for the bigger picture. Today we watched our choirs singing – in the productions on Sennen and at Kynance next week, I will be a part of it all.

A little girl in the audience had beautiful bows in her hair.

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Leaving the beach and the choir having their picnics before the second performance, I spotted a new use for a sand spade.
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After that very emotional performance, I felt the need for some sea and space so we went a few miles up the coast to Bedruthan Steps where we were blown about by the wind on the cliff tops.

Bedruthan Steps

 

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From Skinnymarinka to Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey

We started the day squirrel watching and singing with Grandbaby B.

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We drove from Norfolk to London just in time to pick up Grandkid No 1 from school.

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3. We ended the day going to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire to see Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey – a cracking evening of rock with hundreds and hundreds of other happy fans!

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Showers and Sunshine, A Blue Egg and Ben Waters

1   Our beautiful sculpture, Fledgling, looked as if he were drinking some of the driving rain this morning. Moments later, he was basking in the sunshine.

Drinking in the rain

Drinking in the rain

Enjoying the sunshine, moments later

Enjoying the sunshine, moments later

2   One of this week’s eggs is blue. Just look at its beautifully delicate shell.

Large blue egg

Large blue egg

3   I’m struggling a bit with my piano playing at the moment. I don’t seem to be making much progress (and I am practising!) However, my teacher is very encouraging and tonight we’ve been to see Ben Waters, a magnificent boogie-woogie player who can turn his hands to anything. Inspiration indeed! The support band were from The Scillies and were a brilliant rock’n’roll band. What an evening! Everyone left invigorated and grinning after all the singing and dancing! It’s not such a good photo but it does give an impression of the evening.

The finale

The finale

 

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New Angel, Truro Cathedral and Appreciation

1   Whenever we go on holiday, I buy a new angel for the Christmas tree. This one was bought in Kennebunkport, Maine in the Fall.

Kennebunkport angel

Kennebunkport angel

2   All three of Claire’s choirs joined forces tonight for our Christmas concert in Truro Cathedral. It was fabulous singing in that beautiful space – the sound just rises to the rafters and is so lovely to be a part of.

We sang our hearts out!

We sang our hearts out!

Looking down the Cathedral

Looking down the Cathedral at the end of the concert

3   This little girl was rapt. She didn’t move but watched and listened to us all so closely. The lovely Mr S took these photographs of a few beautiful moments.

Listening

Listening

Applauding

Applauding

 

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Nelson Mandela, Raindrops and Concert

Mandela's words

Mandela’s words

1   What a wise man Mandela was and what a loss to the world. It’s a pity a man like that can’t live for ever but we hope his influence and legacy will.

2    I love how the raindrops magnify the veins on the leaves.

Raindrops on three leaves

Raindrops on three leaves

3   The Suitcase Singers did a brilliant gig tonight! This is the stage afterwards with the leftover feather from some of the boas. Sorry I don’t have a photo of the choir. Everyone really dresses up for these gigs in black with bright colours and lots of glitter. We are told that we look fantastic!

Feathers at the end of the gig

Feathers at the end of the gig

4   Today’s dawn sky was another beauty.

Dawn through the Weeping Larch

Dawn through the Weeping Larch

 

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Cactus, Poem of the Day and 3 Daft Monkeys

1   This beautiful Christmas cactus was a present several years ago from our eldest daughter and this year it is flowering rather early.

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

2   I love this poem, “Lines for Winter” by Mark Strand. It is today’s poem in Poem for the Day Two, a favourite volume.

Lines for Winter

Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself—
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
tell yourself
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going. And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back
and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
tell yourself
in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
that you love what you are.

Mark Strand

 3   A friend who was with us last night took some amazing photos of the wonderful Three Daft Monkeys launch party. I have his permission to show you the following photos and I also offer you a link to the whole set on his Facebook page.

 
 

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Lemons, Dolly’s Tea Room and Falmouth Harbour

1    I’m sure you know the expression, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!’  Well, life isn’t giving me lemons at the moment but a friend has done, 15 of the little yellow beauties so I have made lemonade – actually cordial – and it is delicious!

Enough to make lemonade

Enough to make lemonade

2   A small number of The Suitcase Singers went to Dolly’s Tea Room this afternoon to sing “It’s getting better” at a birthday party and it was very well received.

Dolly's doorway

Dolly’s doorway

Inside the Tea Room

Inside the Tea Room

3   The boats in Falmouth Harbour were looking lovely as always.

View from the top of the hill

View from the top of the hill

Rowing boats

Rowing boats

 

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Baby Footprints, St Andrew’s Church and Singing

1    L and Grand-baby B went home today after their all-too-short but beautiful visit.Grand-baby B left her footprints behind on the slate mantlepiece where she was standing to laugh at the baby in the mirror. You’ll have to look carefully! There are the toes from one foot and the heel from the other.

Baby footprints

Baby footprints

2   The Ingleheart Singers had our weekly rehearsal, not in the usual place but at St Andrew’s Church in Redruth this evening in preparation for our concert there with Cor Serenata, a visiting Welsh choir, on Saturday evening. (If you are local you can get tickets from me or from the Health Food Shop on Bond Street! It’ll be a cracking night!) The altar cloth is a delight with the Ark and the animals depicted in embroidery and collage and the acoustics are amazing.

The altar cloth at St Andrew's Church
The altar cloth at St Andrew’s Church

3   It was just wonderful to be singing with The Inglehearts again after a month of summer holiday. I so miss singing when we have a break. This weekend is going to be full of happiness with singing from Friday to Sunday! Joy!

happiness is.....singing in a choir

happiness is…..singing in a choir

 

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Breakfast in Piccadilly, Royal Academy and Picnic in the Park 14th July

1. We saw the Greatest Rock and Roll Band In The World ( The Rolling Stones!) in Hyde Park yesterday, stayed overnight in a hotel in Covent Garden and had breakfast in a lovely cafe on Piccadilly as we watched the 10K run go by.

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2. From there we went to see The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy, a real treat. I loved this ‘Enebriated Owl’.

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3. KJ met us at the station and took us to meet the family for a picnic in the park. What a beautiful day!

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Three Choirs In Trelissick Gardens, Golden Squirrel and Wisteria

1   After another lovely day with L and Grandbaby B, I came home just in time to be part of the Three Choirs event at Trelissick Gardens: all three of Claire’s choirs singing together on the great lawn, about 100 of us and it was brilliant!     The cafe art being done by the artist Carol, whose work I wrote about here, is now finished with a beautiful Tower added to the lovely Wisteria stencils.

Trelissick Water Tower by Carol

Trelissick Water Tower by Carol

2   On top of the Water Tower is a delightful weather vane with a golden squirrel instead of the traditional cockerel.

The Golden Squirrel on the tower

The Golden Squirrel on the tower

3    The Wisteria outside the cafe is in full bloom and echoed by the stencils inside (See this post for the photos)  Further into the garden and after the concert, I took the last photo by the light of tonight’s full moon!

Wisteria outside the cafe

Wisteria outside the cafe

Wisteria blossom

Wisteria blossom

Wisteria by moonlight

Wisteria by moonlight

 

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