RSS

Tag Archives: Bloggers for Peace

St Ives, Pages of the Sea and Peace

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

On Perranporth Beach. Photo by Naomi Smith

 

 
12 Comments

Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Cornwall, Peace, Photography, poetry, Postaday2018

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

UN Day and Bruce Kent, Tea Cosies and Kindnesses

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.

Hedgehog cosy

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.”

 
1 Comment

Posted by on October 24, 2018 in Cornwall, Kindness, knitting, Peace, Photography

 

Tags: , ,

Peace, Blue Sky and Cathedral Spires

The sun coming through the window as I arrived in the kitchen this morning cast a shadow of Peace on the blind.

Shadow of PEACE

There has been a glorious blue sky all day.

Bunting in the breeze

Truro Cathedral is always beautiful , particularly so in the Spring sunshine.

Truro Cathedral

Some architectural detail below:

 

Tags: , ,

Peace, Plate and Peppers

In these troubled times, Lao Tzu’s words, written two and a half thousand years ago, can still point the way for us all:

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

We have a beautiful plate that we bought in Atlanta on our first visit to America about 40 years ago. It shows Stone Mountain, Georgia and we love it. It takes a central position on our kitchen dresser. The potter is named on the back as Chappelle and, looking them up (as you do!) I discover that they are still around! If you look at their gallery, you will see a similarity with our plate so I think, and hope, that I have found the right people.     http://chappellegallery.com/pottery/

Stone Mountain plate

I have stuffed two peppers with mushrooms, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped Brazil nuts, pretzel crumbs and Halloumi cubes for our supper tonight. It looks good so I hope it tastes as good as it looks!

Stuffed Peppers

 
2 Comments

Posted by on April 15, 2018 in America, art, Beauty, Food, Peace, poetry, Postaday2018

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Peace for 2018

As 2018 gets under way with yet another storm, this one named Eleanor, I give you these Gaelic words which we sing with both my choirs.  Deep peace is what we all need and it is what I wish for you all, my Dear Readers.

Deep Peace

Tonight there is a full moon but it is so wet, windy and cloudy outside that I cannot find it!

 
2 Comments

Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Peace, Uncategorized

 

Tags: , ,

Peace, Golden Rose and Champagne!

The low winter sunshine comes straight through our back windows and first thing in the morning the shadow of PEACE on the blind was the first thing I saw.

Peace

We noticed a lone golden rose blooming near the arch this morning.

Golden Rose

As I write my very good friend, A, is on the train coming to visit. We have the champagne ready to celebrate being together for the first time in eight years!

Champagne

 

 

Tags: ,

Lo Yisa Goy, Autumn Rain and Garden View

I told you a couple of weeks ago that my choirs were leaning a new song for our part in World Peace Day tomorrow. Here is a recording sent to me today by our choir leader.    

After a couple of sunny days a front is moving through and so we have had Autumn rain. Here is a poem by Mary Oliver to celebrate  Rain


Last Night the Rain Spoke To Me – Mary Oliver

Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,

what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again

in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,

smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches

and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing

under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,

and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment,
at which moment

my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars

and the soft rain—
imagine! imagine!
the wild and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

Here is a view from indoors of our Tinner’s Hound in our rainy garden. He is still laughing!

Tinner’s Hound by David Kemp

 

 

Tags: , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: