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So Many Different Lengths Of Time – Poem by Brian Patten

So Many Different Lengths Of Time – Poem by Brian Patten

How long does a man live after all?
A thousand days or only one?
One week or a few centuries?
How long does a man spend living or dying
and what do we mean when we say gone forever?

Adrift in such preoccupations, we seek clarification.
We can go to the philosophers
but they will weary of our questions.
We can go to the priests and rabbis
but they might be busy with administrations.

So, how long does a man live after all?
And how much does he live while he lives?
We fret and ask so many questions –
then when it comes to us
the answer is so simple after all.

A man lives for as long as we carry him inside us,
for as long as we carry the harvest of his dreams,
for as long as we ourselves live,
holding memories in common, a man lives.

His lover will carry his man’s scent, his touch:
his children will carry the weight of his love.
One friend will carry his arguments,
another will hum his favourite tunes,
another will still share his terrors.

And the days will pass with baffled faces,
then the weeks, then the months,
then there will be a day when no question is asked,
and the knots of grief will loosen in the stomach
and the puffed faces will calm.
And on that day he will not have ceased
but will have ceased to be separated by death.

How long does a man live after all?
A man lives so many different lengths of time.

For Bill Mitchell whom we all love.
We heard later in the evening that Bill had died peacefully with his beloved beside him. Go well, dear Bill, go well.
 
 

Knitting, Blue Sky and Tibuchina Urvilleana

1   Last night I finished off two  head-dresses for Kings to go along with the three beards I have knitted – all for the Wildworks event at Eden  – The Yule-tide Ark-ive

Kings'

Kings’ headbands with glitter wool

2     The wispy clouds in a very blue sky have been very beautiful all day.

Cat's tail clouds

Cat’s tail clouds

3   The delightful Tibuchina Urvilleana is in flower again and it will continue all winter in my Suffragette garden. No white to go along with it just now except for the touch on the stamens. Where are my white winter Cyclamen?

Tibuchina Urvilleana

Tibuchina Urvilleana

 

 

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100: The Day Our World Changed – The Evening

As the afternoon progressed so did the action and the audience as they followed the story through the fields and became witnesses to the events of the war.A Wildworks production is not one where you sit still and watch as you may have realised already from the previous two posts!  The lovely Mr S took most of these photos as I was with the choir and we were unable to follow the action through the battle in the turnip fields, the nursing stations, the burial grounds and the Field of Remembrance. Click on any photo for detail and the caption.

 

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100: The Day Our World Changed – The Afternoon at Heligan

The afternoon at The Lost Gardens evoked the Heligan of the past beautifully with the laundry girls washing the sheets and putting them to dry on the lawn, the gardeners working hard in the kitchen garden and suddenly being told of the outbreak of war and that they would be needed. All the time strains of music could be heard from the local bands and our very own singers from Claire’s three choirs, brought together as the Ingleheart 100 for the day. Click on any photo for detail. Thank you to the lovely Mr S for some of the photos.

The next post will show the rest of the afternoon and evening as the tragic events of the war unfold.

 

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A Beautiful Day

Twelve hours of wonderment at Heligan and I am tired! I’ll post tomorrow!

The gardeners at Heligan being told about the outbreak of the war 1914

The gardeners at Heligan being told about the outbreak of the war 1914

 

 
 

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My Costume, Flowers and Broad Beans

1   I have assembled all my 1914 outfit for the Wildworks event 100: The Day Our World Changed tomorrow and I’m really rather pleased with the effect!

My outfit for Heligan

My outfit for Heligan

A long view

A long view

2     The Day Lily buds keep coming and the Agapanthus is almost fully open – we are delighted with the way the colours look together.

Agapanthus and Day Lily

Agapanthus and Day Lily

3     For one reason and another, we have been rather late harvesting our Broad Beans and they needed double podding. So, as well as having some for supper tonight and freezing away a heap for later, I have made a scrumptious Broad Bean Soup with some delicious chicken stock from an organic chicken I cooked a few days ago and using all the skins and the biggest beans – two pints frozen away for a summer taste in winter. Success!

Broad bean harvest

Broad bean harvest

I love how the beans rest in their little furry pod

I love how the beans rest in their little furry pod

 

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Abandoned, Grass and Costume

1    The family left early this morning and as always, everywhere is too quiet and the expression on the monkey’s face says it all.

Where have they all gone?

Where have they all gone?

2   I love the delicacy of these grasses against a rather grey sky.

Grasses and a grey sky

Grasses and a grey sky

3  Claire, the lovely MD of the choirs I sing with, and the Musical Director of Wildworks has sorted her costume for the event at The Lost Gardens of Heligan on 3rd August and she looks just perfect. I’m still working on mine!

Claire in her 1914 outfit

Claire in her 1914 outfit

 

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