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Diaspora Gardens, Mural and Good People

Daughter No 3 visited today for just a few hours so we went out for lunch at the Red River Cafe and then took a stroll around the Diaspora Gardens at Heartlands.  From their website:  “In the 19th Century, thousands of pioneering Cornish people emigrated across the world taking with them their culture, mining skills and technologies.
Through exquisite planting and fascinating interpretation, the Diaspora (meaning ‘dispersion’) Gardens within Heartlands tell the poignant story of the Cornish people and their influence on the lands to which they travelled. The gardens feature plants from Cornwall that rooted happily in foreign lands, as well as exotics brought back to Cornwall that took to the rich local soil, ”  including Agapanthus and Crocosmia.

One of the stones

Agapanthus, from the Heartlands web site

Beautiful Eucalyptus bark

Mural in the gardens

This piece came my way today so I thought I would share it with you all.

Lots of lovely people in the world

 

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Truro Cathedral, Cheesecake and Shoes

A busy day – Truro early in the rain and then to St Euny Church to meet with the Welsh Choir for our concert and a pot luck shared meal. More in tomorrow’s post.

Truro Cathedral

Fabulous shoes!

 

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Chaffinch, Clematis and Evening Sky

Breakfast outside again and the birds are become used to us so still come to the feeders.

Chaffinch

Our Suffragette Garden now has Purple Clematis and white Japanese Anemones.

Purple Clematis

Supper in Porthtowan and the evening sky was lovely.

Evening at Porthtowan

 

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The Right Word, Cornish Lane and A Cat

As we listen to the news around the world of wars and oppression, a poem I read once by Imtiaz Dharker came to mind, “The Right Word” and I thought again as I have before of how important the ‘right word’ is.  The women fighting for the vote a hundred years ago, including my Great Granny, were sometimes described as terrorists. Imtiaz Dharker puts her finger on it perfectly here as she so often does and makes me think of the children who are sometimes used in wars.

                The Right Word

Outside the door,
lurking in the shadows,
is a terrorist.

Is that the wrong description?
Outside that door,
taking shelter in the shadows,
is a freedom fighter.

I haven’t got this right .
Outside, waiting in the shadows,
is a hostile militant.

Are words no more
than waving, wavering flags?
Outside your door,
watchful in the shadows,
is a guerrilla warrior.

God help me.
Outside, defying every shadow,
stands a martyr.
I saw his face.

No words can help me now.
Just outside the door,
lost in shadows,
is a child who looks like mine.

One word for you.
Outside my door,
his hand too steady,
his eyes too hard
is a boy who looks like your son, too.

I open the door.
Come in, I say.
Come in and eat with us.

The child steps in
and carefully, at my door,
takes off his shoes.

I love the dappled sunlight that scatters its glow around our Cornish lanes.

Cornish lane

Walking back from our rehearsal at St Euny Church tonight, we were accompanied by this pretty cat who wouldn’t keep still for a photo!

The cat who followed us almost home

 

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Blooming, Tea Cosies and A Special Home

In Truro this afternoon we were delighted to see very beautifully planted baskets everywhere.

Baskets in Truro

I always like to go by one of the pasty shops as someone in there knits delightful tea-cosies. One day I must go in and ask. Just look at these two beauties. Click on the photo to see the seagull.

It was rehearsal time at Troon Primary School again today  and I found time to photograph this splendid home for wildlife in their grassy bit that I noticed on Saturday but didn’t have time to stop for. I love the education these children are receiving.

Home for wildlife

 

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St Ives by Train, Tides and A Lane

We are so very lucky! After seeing Daughter No 3 and her L:iveWire off at 6am we then met up with the Munich contingent of our family and went by train to St Ives where we had a lovely relaxed family day cementing relationships and having lots of laughs. We ended the day in Porthtowan enjoying delicious MooMaid ice-creams. Click on any photo in the gallery for the caption and a bigger view.

Tide in as we arrived

Tide out as we left

 

World Refugee Day, Sweet Peas and a Book

Singing and collecting – both very successful; Sweet Peas now ready for first cutting and a new book that I bought yesterday.

The collection

Suffragette book

First pickings

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
 
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