I am delighted with the wall of sweet peas we have grown to hide the shed and potting shelves. The mix of Sweet Peas, Verbena Bonariensis and Love-in-a-Mist has been delightful, both colourful and scented.
I love how the Crinodendron keeps producing flowers even though there are seeds aplenty all over.
My friend Kim Ridgeon has penned the following beautiful poem. Read it aloud to feel how the carefully crafted words slow you down so that the meaning of the poem is enhanced and peace settles all around you.
These are the words of our Mayor, Deborah Reeve -“Probably one of the most surreal experiences of the last 3 years. On Redruth Station at 5.00am to lay a wreath on the Poppy Train during a pandemic.” How lovely that GWR are collecting poppies from lots of stations in Cornwall to take up to London for Armistice Day.
Here’s a Poppy from our garden and a white Poppy for Peace to mark the day.
A beautiful card arrived today from a very lovely and dear friend, expressing her concern about my ankles – a typically kind and lovely thing to do. Thank you, T.
Usually I would be part of a choir singing as one of many in Truro to mark International Peace Day. Today the peace is to be in my heart and in my wishes for everyone to find peace in these strange and difficult times. Love to all my Dear Readers.
Today I posted a little book to its author. Many years ago, when teaching Year 7s, we used to read ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ by Lynne Reid Banks and from that inspiration, the children wrote their own story in chapters. I kept Paul’s which is delightful and as I have followed his very interesting career and stayed in touch, I am able to return this lovely piece of work to him.
I have made eight masks for our London family and they arrived today.
I saw this today and wanted to share it with you all, Dear Readers. Peace to you all, wherever you are in the world.
It has been a family tradition to go for a walk on the beach on Christmas Day, whatever the weather, since we first came to live in Cornwall when I was six years old. Yesterday, the sun shone and it was glorious! We were almost alone, with just a few dog walkers, walking on Porthtowan beach and heading, at the turn of the tide, towards Wheal Coates up on the cliffs.
As we turned to return, only the sound of the waves and the odd excited dog barking to be heard, we were astounded to see a hundred or more people had arrived while we were strolling. Then, all the more astonished to see them all race into the winter sea!
The sun threw a shadow of the tea-pots on our shelf out through the window!
My Mum collected thimbles and I have them, nearly 500 of them! They are all catalogued and I have been busy with them today discovering where Mum found them, Truro Flea Market or Falmouth Arcade or multiple other places or who gave them to her. This tiny little one is cute. It is less than1″ tall.
We’ve been in St Ives today for the Pages of the Sea event initiated by Danny Boyle to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice was signed and WW1 came to an end. It was one of thirty such events on beaches around Britain today. My choir was singing. Several of us wore white poppies which symbolise two important things. The white poppy is to remember ALL the dead, those of all nationalities caught up in the horror of war as soldiers or civilians and to show our commitment to working for Peace.
St Ives when we arrived
Flowers left at low tide to be taken as the tide came in
The sand art at Porthmeor, courtesy of WildWorks. Captain Edward ‘Teddy’ Hain (15 August 1887 – 11 November 1915)
Waiting for the tide to wash away the image of the soldier
Being washed away by the incoming tide
One of the soldiers being remembered today and, on the back, a beautiful and very moving poem written for today by Carol Ann Duffy
St Ives as we were leaving
Other beaches in Cornwall had sand drawings of soldiers too.
Lieutenant Richard Charles Graves-Sawle. On Porthcurno Beach
It is UN Day today and we were privileged to have Bruce Kent, of CND and a veteran Peace campaigner, in Truro, to speak to us to mark the day. The world celebrates United Nations Day every October 24 to honour the interstate organisation promoting human rights, social progress, and world peace. … Founding the United Nations in 1945 right after the very tragic World War II meant a very important idea to be embedded in every nation – that is to achieve Peace. This aim becomes more important with each day that goes by.
Cornish flag and United Nations flag on either side of the Union Jack
Later in Truro, I saw a new tea cosy in the bread shop.
This morning I came across my quotation book again and thought this one of William Wordsworth’s seemed right for today.
“The best portions of a good man’s life are his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness.”