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KwaZulu Natal – Day 2

On our first full day here we woke to Nyala prancing about outside our window, spent the morning being immersed in the Zulu culture with a fabulous guide who took us first to a Primary School (where the 41 children in one class sang and danced for us. We were asked if we would sing or dance for the children. I sang Skinny Marinka for them and got a round of applause. D danced and was similarly rewarded!).  ) Thence we went to a village where we learned a great deal of fascinating information about the local way of life and their customs.

South Africa’s National Anthem which I sang along with, having learned it many years ago with The Quirky Choir

In the Zulu village

The afternoon was a long walk through the woods and alongside the water at False Bay, quite a challenge!12,500 steps on my counter, 24.000 on someone else’s!

On the trail

Yellow Billed Stork

 

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Stephen Hawking, Rain and More Rain

We woke to the news that the amazing Stephen Hawking had died early this morning. The tributes to him have been wonderful and on The World at One this wonderful song of him with The Monty Python team was played. Here it is for you.

The following quotation came up today too. What a remarkable man he was in so many ways.

Stephen Hawking

It’s raining again!  Here is Welly-dog with daffodils through a rainy window. I love the distortion brought about by the water on the glass.

Through a rainy window

 

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International Women’s Day, A Book and A Sign

A fabulous sing today in honour of International Women’s day, singing ‘March of the Women’ by Ethel Smythe and C.Hamilton  and ‘Oxygen’ by Claire Ingleheart and Natalie McGrath, ‘Oxygen’ by Claire Ingleheart and Natalie McGrath, both rousing songs of determination the first sung here by the Suitcase Singers for International Women’s Day. The next video is a recording of The Ingleheart Singers singing ‘Oxygen’ in Truro Cathedral some years ago.

We bought this book for our LiveWires last Summer – a brilliant and inspiring read, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst, perfect for today.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Leaving Penryn today, I was amused by this house sign.

Hornpipe Cottage

 

 
 

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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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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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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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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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