On this day in 1939, my Mum and Dad were married.They were to have honeymooned in Paris but given that WWII broke out on September 3rd they had a weekend in Blackpool instead before my Dad went off to the army for five years.
My Mum at her wedding in 1939
My Dad retired early to write and dedicated his first novel to my Mum ( using a nom de plume as advised by the publishers as it was thought that women read more historical romantic fiction and that they like to read books written by women!) The novel is set in Cornwall in the late 1800’s and its background is the tin mining industry that was so important to the Cornish.
Dad’s first novel, published in the US and the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, in paperback by Sphere
Their Golden wedding in 1989 was a great big family reunion in Cornwall as by then my older brother and his wife and two children were living in Munich, Germany, my younger brother and his wife were in Atlanta, Georgia and my sister and her growing family were in Phoenix, Arizona and I was in Yorkshire with my family. The advance for Ellen Bray paid for everyone to come to the two week long party!
It was overcast but the rain held off for the very beautiful Humanist Wedding held in the grounds of the Meudon Hotel, Falmouth. The couple were very happy, of course, and the whole event full of love and joy.
Under the confetti arch
They chose some very interesting readings – this extract from The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman was particularly moving.
“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me.”
The gardens at The Meudon are glorious. We must visit again very soon.
Looking down the garden
One of the stones around the gardens, saying Love, Peace, Rest and Smile
A wall of Mexican Fleabane
Wedding arch, you can just see the blue of the sea in the distance
The Happy Couple
I do love being the Celebrant at such happy occasions.
The Suitcase Singers, with whom I sing every week in Penryn, were invited to sing at a wonderful Wedding today. Our singing was all a surprise for the Bride! It was a fabulous occasion and greatly appreciated which was lovely.
Their Wedding Cake was a wonder to behold – a cake made of cheese!
Cheese cake for the wedding
Waiting to sing for the Bride. Thanks to Anne for the photo.
The rain fell but it marred nothing. The view is still lovely even in Cornish rain.
The view from The Ferryboat Inn across The Helford River
Here is a gallery of photos from last Monday when Mydd and Josh celebrated their marriage at Godrevy Beach, Cornwall. Click on any photo for detail. It was a day so full of love that it was tangible. The air was alive with love and laughter, smiles and serenity. May their life together be long and happy and full of beauty.
We had a glorious and very happy Sunday celebrating, with family, the marriage of one of our nieces. I left my memory cards at home so had only the limited number of photos that the camera itself will record. Here then, is the beautiful Bride, a detail of her lovely dress and some of the gorgeous shoes worn by the guests.
Detail of the lovely embroidery
Bridesmaid’s flowers in Suffragette colours
I love pretty shoes! Here are just a few …….
……. and a beautiful little bridesmaid taking a break.
After singing with The Suitcases this morning, G kept Grand-Baby B happy by reading stories.
Story time in the cafe
2 We had fun playing in the rain.
Coming back in
We went next door to visit for a little while but left the wet watering cans on their doorstep to collect on the way back home. We bought the stripy kettle one when we were in Senegal for D&A’s wedding three years ago. For pictures of that fabulous event click here.
I loved my whole teaching career and when I retired I never dreamed that I would be so lucky to have this job of conducting special and unique Ceremonies for happy people! Today saw the Wedding Ceremony of a young Swedish couple and it was just lovely. They have promised to send me some photos that I can put on here but I did just manage to snatch one as they walked up the aisle together afterwards. It was a new experience for me to have the vows repeated in Swedish. All fifty guests had come over from Sweden for the event.
After the Ceremony
2 As we were waiting for the Ceremony to begin, I noticed a biker on the cliffs, balancing his bike on a boulder and making an intriguing silhouette.
Biker on the Headland, Newquay
3 I saw a board outside a hotel in Falmouth the other day saying – “Did you know that stressed backwards is desserts?” I decided that a dessert was on the cards today as the lovely Mr S has been battling a nasty virus for a week and I am struggling to beat it off so I decided that we both needed some quality comfort food. Rhubarb Butterscotch certainly fits that bill! If the photos tempt you, the recipe can be found here. Click on any photo for the caption.
Fresh eggs, from our friends’ chickens, one with double yolk
3 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup soft brown sugar with 2 dstspns flour mixed with the 2 eggs
Batter poured over the rhubarb
Cooked and ready to eat!
My heart goes out to all the people affected by the terrible earthquake in Nepal, such a beautiful country with beautiful and generous people. We bought a Shelterbox recently and I would be pleased to discover that our box is going out to help the people of Kathmandu.
What a beautiful day I have had! The sun shone and the air was warm and I went to stunning Daymer Bay to conduct a Humanist Ceremony of Re-affirming Wedding Vows on the cliffs and it was just brilliant! The lovely couple had been married for 6009 days today and it was his birthday.
As a surprise, she had organised friends and family to be on the cliffs and it was just the loveliest, happiest ceremony that brought tears to many an eye. It included a Hand-fasting which I have not done before and many readings done by family and friends, one of the most moving poems being written and read by their lovely daughter. It was so very special and I have permission to share these photos with you. Click on any photo for the caption and detail.
L’s bouquet in my favourite colours
About to go under the confetti arch
Nearly through and everyone very happy
The Hand-fasting ribbons
Cornish Violets growing on the cliff at the Ceremony spot
1 We went to the annual Boat Jumble today and I found a beautiful terracotta wash basin with a painted rim. We understand it came from a boat and would love to know more if any reader can help.
Decorated boat basin
2 I conducted a Humanist Wedding today with torrential rain outside and the sunniest of smiles inside the marquee. It was, as always, a beautifully simple event, unique to the couple involved. Click on any photo in the gallery to see detail.
A Wedding in the field
View from the field – the sea at St Ives
Wedding arch and hay bales
The Beautiful Bride
Cheese biscuits served with the Champagne
My Wedding umbrella
Ready for the reception
3 A simple supper was called for tonight – a delicious Asparagus, Pea and Lemon Risotto. We didn’t have any white wine so I used a splash of red instead and it was truly scrumptious.
Every day, I write about beautiful things. Today, for the Weekly Photo Challenge, I’m writing about one of my very special and favourite objects – The Family Locket. This has been in the family, on my Mother’s side for at least 154 years and is now entrusted to my care.
My Great Great Granny’s Locket
We know very little about my Great Great Grandmother, whose locket this was, apart from the fact that she was Spanish and we think the locket probably is too. The front of the locket is particularly beautiful, the silver being inlaid with a black stone, maybe jet.The back is covered in very delicate engraving. My Mum attributed the fact that her hair never went grey to her Spanish genes!
The front of the locket
Inside the locket are two tiny photographs, one of my Great Great Grandmother and the other of my Great Great Grandfather, the only photo we have of him.
Inside the locket
My Spanish Great Great Grandmother and her Husband
In the photograph, taken we assume sometime around 1860, she is wearing the locket and just look at his wonderful moustache! We treasure her studio portrait in its original card frame.
Studio portrait c 1860
We have a photo of my Great Granny and Grandad but not wearing the locket and we don’t know if it was worn by the Bride at that wedding.
My Great Grandparents
I am told that my Granny, whom I was lucky enough to know well – she taught me to knit, to crochet and to play cards, though never on a Sunday! – wore the locket at her wedding on 27th April 1882 but I don’t have a photograph of that wedding. I do have a photograph of Granny and sometimes, when I pass a mirror, I fleetingly catch her image. I remember her as always smiling and I’m told I do that too!
My Mum, married on 2nd September 1939, by her Father, The Very Reverend William Richards, the day before the Second World War was declared, wore the locket at her wedding but their honeymoon, planned to be in Paris, was a few snatched days in Blackpool instead. The photo isn’t very clear but the chain and shape can just be made out in this photo.
My Mum at her Wedding in front of Cockerham Vicarage, Lancashire
I, too, wore the locket at my wedding in Truro, Cornwall almost 30 years later in 1967.
I wore it at our Wedding August 1967
KJ, our second daughter, wore the locket at her wedding in London July 2006. KJ also has Granny’s grin!
KJ at her wedding
When my Brother and Sister-in-law were married in June 1993 in the Chapel at Truro School, the locket was V’s borrowed and old item.You may know the saying – ’Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue’ to bring good luck to the newly wedded couple.
My Brother, my Sister-in-law and my Dad
There is something very special about being able to lend such a precious item to someone you love. My Mum had died only three weeks before the wedding so this is a particularly poignant memory. She would have been so pleased that the locket was being worn again, at another family wedding and welcoming another daughter into the family.
You can click on any photo to see more detail. Several of these are photos of photos so are not as clear as the originals.