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Smiles, Mixing Deck and André Gide

On my march along the street to singing this morning (trying to get my steps level up!) I went past this smiley invitation to go into the Hospice shop.

Smiles

We have had a number of pieces of HiFi equipment which have been replaced and rather than sell them, took them along today to our local Radio Station, Kmf, Kernow Music Foundation, at The Venue, where they were very happily received.

KMF Radio

I loved the colours on the mixing deck.

Mixing deck

Yesterday I promised to share some of the words from my precious notebook. From Andre Gide come these beauties:

‘You who will come when I have ceased to hear the noises of this earth and to taste its dew upon my lips, it is for you I write these pages; for perhaps you are not sufficiently amazed at being alive; you do not wonder as you should at this astounding miracle of your life.’

I hope his words touch you as they did me.

 

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A Note, A Beetle and Neil Gaiman

Our post brought a delightful thank you note from LiveWire 4 and her family.

Handprint

This little fellow joined me in the sitting room last night. We don’t know where he is now!

Arkenaten?

 

 

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Baby Hats, Kindness and A Recipe

My blog today is all about yesterday! I discovered today that yesterday was World Kindness Day, a day that started being celebrated in 1998. Today, I celebrate the day with some wisdom from Aesop. My friend Valerie writes here about kindnesses, a lovely post well worth reading.

Kindness

The thing I like least about knitting is the sewing up but, having finished my scarf, I decided to sew up all the baby hats I have made for our local hospital and here they are, ready to be taken to the collection point tomorrow.

Baby hats for local maternity unit

Yesterday, too,  I showed you the Sweet Potato Pancakes that we had for breakfast and I have now put the recipe on my Recipes page. Do try them! They are delicious!  Here is the link Sweet Potato Pancakes

 

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Rain, A Ring and A Flower

It has rained all day again and the garden is quite sodden. I like the muted effect through the rain-splattered window.

Rain soaked garden

My Wedding ring has been too small for me for some time and I wear it on a chain. Today we went to a local family jewellers and found a beautiful silver ring with a Celtic knot design and I have a new ring on my wedding finger, just in time for our Golden Wedding Anniversary next month.

My beautiful ring

Joseph Conrad’s words

From the flowers we were given last week, this one is pink and fluffy but I don’t know its name.

What is this pretty flower?

 

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The Healing Power of Singing, Friendship and Love

I just love my choir and my singing friends and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the loving harmonies.

A small group of us are finding songs to sing with a small audience. This one came into my inbox this afternoon and is just perfect for today. “What’s In A Song”  Click below to listen.

 1) There are times when the folks are having a ball And the drinks and the jokes could fill up a hall But give me a song, a chorus, or more

And that’s when I’m likely to soar.

Oh they say there is nothing like having a feast
To bring folks close together from north, south, west, east But give us a song when the feasting is done
And that’s when the many are one… Oh…

2) There’s a time and a place for sorrow and woe When the pain and the tears are expected to flow But give me a song and voices close by
And that’s when I’m likely to cry

There’ve been times when my heart has wanted to weep But the pain and the tears were buried too deep
Then out of the blue in a roomful of song
The locked-inside feeling was gone…Oh..

3) There are places where pleasure is wrapped up and sold And you purchase a moment with silver andgold
But the pleasure of singing’s a blessing to me
‘Cause I know it by heart and it’s free

Oh, the times I remember and cherish so much
When we reach with our voices – it’s almost like touch

And we pull in the circle and banish our fears And we try to keep singing for years…Oh…

The following quotation is also apt for today.

Sending love out into the ether for all my blogging friends and all my readers.

 

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Syrup Sponge, Buttercups and William Morris

Yesterday I made two small syrup sponges, one for us and one for next door. B described his as nectar!

I received a beautiful gift this evening – a photograph of bright yellow buttercups – from an ex-pupil who later became a colleague and of whom I am immensely proud.  This was her message:  “On my walk this afternoon I came across these buttercups Sally, and for some reason I thought of you. I thought I must show these to Sally! So here they are.”

Buttercups from Natalie

William Morris was an author, artist and craftsman as well as a  committed political radical and today is the 183rd anniversary of his birth. I give you a print which he designed and a quotation that I love:

“I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few,
or freedom for a few.”

 

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International Day of Happiness, Flowers and The Sea

It is the International Day of Happiness and I wish you all the happiness that you seek. I have my good friend Valerie to thank for serendipitously giving me this quotation at the weekend.

I don’t believe there was ever anybody who loved being happy as much as I did. What I mean is that I was so acutely conscious of being happy, so appreciative of it; that I wasn’t ever bored, and was always and continuously grateful for the whole delicious loveliness of the world.”

Elizabeth von Arnim. Author of Elizabeth and her German Garden

My happiness is found in my family, with friends, in creating stuff, in singing and in nature – indeed in the “whole delicious loveliness of the world.”

 

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