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What a wonderful morning! The sun shone, the rain held off though the bitter wind still blew and we have been with friends, their friends and neighbours and we have planted 800 trees! Nicky and Gavin had organised an amazing event called Trees and Bowls to bring people together to plant the trees in their field at blanket Farm. Between us, we have planted Sessile and English Oak, Downy and Silver Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Hawthorn, Beech and Gean Cherry. There are others too but I cannot remember what they all are. The trees have been planted in glades and with paths, in same groups and mixed. So many people turned up, they were all planted by lunchtime!
We then all went indoors for truly scrumptious soup, all homemade, and delicious donated bread, in the bowls lovingly crafted by Nicky and Jude, sold in aid of Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugee Families. The glass trees I have been showing you recently were all made to be sold at the same event, also in aid of the local Refugee charity.
What a beautiful thing to do – to make a forest for the future. We are in awe and delighted to have been a part of it. The happy and smiley community in the fields showed everyone’s enthusiastic pleasure at being involved. There was a sense of determination, too, in everyone, aged from 7 to 101 to plant trees to do our bit to save the planet. Please enjoy the gallery and click the photos to enlarge the picture and read the captions that will tell you the greater story.
Just had an update as we were writing this post – 875 trees planted, 85 bowls sold, £1055 raised for the Refugee families.
Six years ago the first part of woodland was planted. https://mybeautfulthings.com/2013/12/10/mandela-memorial-lunch-and-tree-planting/
Glass all day ready for the market tomorrow – I now have a beautiful choir of angels – and then, this evening, I went singing with my beautiful choirs at Krowji for the start of the Christmas season. We can only sing in groups of ten so that we don’t block the corridors for all the people who have come to visit the artists’ studios. It’s quite a challenge with only two or three in each part.
Friday 7th September 2018
The first time we passed by Canyon De Chelly, many years ago, and looked over the rim, we both felt a very strong spiritual pull and we have wanted to return ever since. Today, we drove both the North and South rims and felt the same deep sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of it all.
Canyon De Chelly (pronounced Shay) National Monument is a vast park in northeastern Arizona, on Navajo tribal lands. Its prominent features include Spider Rock spire, about 800-feet tall, and towering sandstone cliffs surrounding a verdant canyon. It has been inhabited by several Native American peoples for millennia and is one of the longest continually inhabited landscapes in North America, with pueblo ruins built between 350 and 1300 A.D. – as well as a contemporary Navajo community that still inhabits the canyon floor, farming and herding sheep during the summer months. The White House Ruins and Mummy Cave are remains of ancient Pueblo villages.
Click on any image for a larger view and the caption. Photos with a date stamp were taken by the lovely Mr S.
There were Navajo dancers at our lodging, Thunderbird Lodge on Navajo tribal land, in the evening – such a privilege to see. We were asked not to take photos so, of course, didn’t. Each member of the audience was presented with a little gift at the end, of a bag of cornmeal.
“Corn, the symbol of food, fertility, and life itself, is of major importance. “Corn is more than human; it is divine; it (is) connected with the highest ethical ideals.” Information found here.
Wednesday 5th September 2018
Driving from Phoenix to Holbrook, the vegetation changed from enormous cacti such as we see in the movies to scrubby bush, larger bushes and pine trees as we climbed to an elevation of 5000 ft. Holbrook was just a stopover en route to Canyon de Chelly and our ride on Route 66 was vey brief. Happily, we have done much more on previous journeys though I still have the dream to ride some of 66 on a Harley!
Very late on Tuesday evening the clouds parted and allowed me to get some photos of the full moon, a super moon and one of two this month. I loved this photo where somehow I made a double image.
We received a present today, a most beautiful Navajo rug with the Tree of Life woven in. We are overwhelmed and need to find the right place to hang it so that we see it every day but where the sun cannot cause any fading.
This evening was our first visit to the Venetian room at The Penventon Hotel and I was entranced by all the masks. We were there for an Introductory talk on Vedic meditation.
A quiet day today, making Christmas Leftovers Soup, reading and resting. This year we had our locally grown, organic turkey boned and rolled and I asked the butcher for the bones and giblets from our bird and any others that he could spare. I was given the bits from three turkeys! I have made the most amazing stock from all these which has formed the base of our CL Soup, the best soup of the year! I have made several pints for later and also made four pots of delicious Turkey Liver Pate, one of which we had for lunch yesterday and the others are in the freezer along with the soup.
We have filled the dining room with candles for our festive dinners.
On our very windy walk today at Godrevy, we marvelled at how the Kestrel could hover so well in the wildness that was blowing us about.
I baked today – Blueberry Streusel Cake to take next door where we went for a delicious Allotment lunch!
A good friend from choir told me that today is Universal Children’s Day and sent me the following photos of amazing sculptures at the Children of the World Monument at Nordkapp. The information comes from a blog I found: “The “Children of the World” sculpture was started in 1988 when author Simon Flem Devold randomly selected seven children from seven countries – Tanzania, Brazil, USA, Japan, Thailand, Italy and Russia — to visit the North Cape to dream of “Peace on Earth“. During their seven day visit, each of the 8-to12-year-old children made a clay relief symbolizing friendship, hope, joy and working together. In 1989 the reliefs were enlarged, cased in bronze and erected in a semi-circle outside the North Cape Hall. A “Mother and Child “monument by sculptor Eva Rybakken points toward the seven disks.” The last photo is from the blog too.
Oldest LiveWire and I have spent much of the day making one of her Christmas presents, a wooden jewellery box that needed construction and painting. It is a present from her Aunt, Uncle and Cousin in Norfolk. N is remarkably careful and attentive to detail and all the construction is done. Tomorrow she will paint and decorate it when all the glue is thoroughly dry.
New Year Resolve by May Sarton
The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water.
Time for a change,
Let silence in like a cat
Who has sat at my door
Neither wild nor strange
Hoping for food from my store
And shivering on the mat.
Let silence in.
She will rarely mew,
She will sleep on my bed
And all I have ever been
Either false or true
Will live again in my head.
For it is now or not
As old age silts the stream,
To shove away the clutter,
To untie every knot,
To take the time to dream,
To come back to still water.
I really do need to clear the clutter!