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Colours, Bee and The Cause

Inspired by Ali of The Mindful Gardener, I collected today’s dead-headings together and she is right, they do make a lovely palette.

Dead-headings

The bees are busy – thankfully.

Busy bee

Tonight we are going to see The Cause by Dreadnought Southwest, an imaginary meeting between two redoubtable women, Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst.  You can read more about the play here.

The Cause by Dreadnought South West

Fabulous play! If you get the chance to see it, do go – it is mesmerising and moving.

 

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Singing, Periwinkle and Raindrops

1  I had my daily dose of singing today at a wonderful workshop run by my lovely choir leader, Claire Ingleheart. The songs were  about the Suffragettes and were both rousing and moving. The work shop is linked with a scratch performance tonight of a new play-in-progress by Natalie McGrath who wrote the wonderful Oxygen which you can read about here.

Singing daily

Singing daily

2    We are having days of sunshine and showers, heavy ones with hailstones but the flowers are still beginning to bloom.

Periwinkle

Periwinkle

2   The new leaves on the Honeysuckle caught the raindrops perfectly.

raindrops on new honeysuckle leaves

Raindrops on new honeysuckle leaves

 

 

 

 

 

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Courgette Flowers, Old Family Recipe and Oxygen, the Song

1   The courgettes are really taking off. I’m so looking forward to being able to harvest some.

Courgette flowers

Courgette flowers

2   Our eldest daughter is with us for a week as she walks some of the coastal path with a friend. She asked if I had any Picnic Pie in the freezer – a staple of walks and picnics for our family for as long as I can remember. This afternoon, I dug out my Granny’s Recipe book, a note book given to her in 1903 and found the recipe for Picnic Pie from 1946 and made one ready for tomorrow’s walk.

Original recipe from 1946

Original recipe from 1946

Picnic Pie

Picnic Pie

3   While we were in London, Claire’s three choirs performed in Carn Marth Quarry near Redruth. Here, you can hear one of the songs, music by Claire Ingleheart and lyrics by Natalie McGrath, written for the play, Oxygen, about the Suffragist March from Lands End to London..   It was filmed by Tina Wheeler, with apologies for the noisy crowd, unruly children, dogs hitting tripod, and the wind.    The tour of the play is coming to an end and it has had brilliant reviews.
Rather belatedly,  I want to thank El Guapo for his delightful post when I asked him for help to put the word out about the play for me.

 

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Red Roses in Bodmin, Herbs and Purple Poppy

1   One hundred years ago today, the Suffragists on the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913 from Land’s End to London, stopped in Bodmin where the Mayor greeted them with a red rose each in a gesture of solidarity. Today, on the tour of the play, Oxygen by Natalie McGrath, along the route, the troupe stopped in Bodmin and were presented with red roses by the Mayor in remembrance of June 25th 1913.  We were there! It was brilliant to hear some of the speeches again and to join the cast in the singing of the song that we learned yesterday.

The Mayor, the Cast and the Roses

The Mayor, the Cast and the Roses

Singing Oxygen, the song we learned last night

Singing Oxygen, the song we learned last night

2   I love being able to cut fresh herbs for our salad dressing – two kinds of mint, chives and garlic chives, sage and three kinds of thyme. Delicious.

Herbs chopped for a salad dressing

Herbs chopped for a salad dressing

3   The purple Poppies and the white Cistus have both opened today in my purple, white and green Suffragette garden. What excellent timing!

Purple poppy in my Suffragette garden

Purple poppy in my Suffragette garden

White Cistus

White Cistus

 

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Ball Park, Experiment and ‘Oxygen’, The Play

1    The Grandchildren had a lovely time in the ball-park and Grand-baby T proved to be quite a climber.

Climbing

Climbing

2    J had fun discovering what his lung capacity might be. The experiment was in one of his books and proved to be great fun to do.

Experiment

Experiment

3   KJ and I went to see Oxygen, a new play by Natalie McGrath, in Penzance this evening. It was wonderful, moving and totally involving. Many of you who read my blog know that my Great Granny, Granny Wiseman, was a Suffragette who was imprisoned in Holloway and force fed and that we have her Holloway Brooch in the family. I have been brought up to be very proud of her.
Tonight, I am completely overwhelmed by what she and others did to win the vote for women. It is one thing to be told family history, to read novels and non-fiction, but to see it brought alive on stage was something else indeed. I wept in the knowledge that my Great Granny went through this barbaric treatment for her beliefs.  If you are anywhere where this play is being performed, do go and see it! The music is moving, the acting superb and the story, beautifully told, one everyone should know.
Venues through the Southwest and all the way up to Hyde Park can be found here.

Holloway brooch

Holloway brooch

 

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The Suffragette Pilgrimage, Sea Gazing and Ice-cream

1   More than fifty walkers turned up today to watch the opening episode of Oxygen and to walk in the footsteps of their Suffragette sisters marking the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913. That was so brilliant!  The play was inspiring and moving and then the walk started, led by the actors, singing songs from the play. What a day!

2   The children and I only walked at the start and then waved everyone off (There will be more photos very soon from the walkers themselves)    We took the children to play in the sand at Mount’s Bay……

Gazing out to sea

Gazing out to sea

3  …….. and finished off the day with a delicious Cornish ice-cream, thinking all the afternoon of those of my dear friends walking the trail at the same time as those amazing women walked exactly 100 years ago today. The Suffragettes in 1913 walked for themselves and for those who couldn’t and that’s what my people did for me today. Thank you.

Strawberry ice-cream

Strawberry ice-cream

 

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