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Hailstones, Notebook and Another Song

There was another white covering this morning, only hailstones here in Redruth but just over the hill in Lanner and St Day and in Truro 10 miles away,  there was so much snow as to cause traffic chaos!   Localised weather in Cornwall is fascinating.

Hailstones on our outdoor table

At least ten years ago, a very dear friend gave me a beautiful little notebook in which I collect words that I love, sometimes on a page there is just one word like ‘apricity’ or ‘petrichor’ and the name of the person who gave it to me.  On other pages there are words of wisdom that I have heard or read. I will share these here in due course.

Present from Angie

My SIL sent this song to me today and I think there are many of you out there who will also appreciate the words. I had never thought of ‘love’ and ‘hope’ as being four letter words before.



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Pete Seeger, Hyacinth and Favourite Words

1   Sad to hear today that Pete Seeger has died but what a legacy of music he has left behind. I just love this one, probably not one you will have been hearing today.  Do click on the link and listen to his interpretation  of ‘Forever Young”, a Bob Dylan song, recorded just a couple of years ago for Amnesty International. He was such a campaigner for peace and this one, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” is an anthem  that will live on and on…….
Under the second video there are these words:
“The song was stirred by a passage from Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “And Quite Flows the Don”. Around the world the song traveled and in 1962 at a UNICEF concert in Germany, Marlene Dietrich, Academy Award-nominated German-born American actress, first performed the song in French, as “Qui peut dire ou vont les fleurs?” Shortly after she sang it in German. The song’s impact in Germany just after WWII was shattering. Its universal message, “let there be peace in the world” did not get lost in its translation. To the contrary, the combination of the language, the setting, and the great lyrics has had a profound effect on people all around the world. May it have the same effect today and bring renewed awareness to all who hear it.”

2   Our Hyacinths in the glasses are flowering just one at a time. In some ways that is lovely as they come in sequence and their gorgeous scent pervades the room – but I do miss the whole glorious display of flowers all at once as we had last year.

Hyacinth in blue glass 28.1.14

Hyacinth in blue glass 28.1.14

3   Friends and I have been discussing favourite words today. Lynne mentioned ‘nincompoop’, such a delightful onomatopoeic word,  and I was reminded of a word one of my brothers  found in the Oxford Shorter English Dictionary – ‘shittlewitted’. It’s not as rude as it sounds, meaning scatterbrained or flighty but it makes a splendid expletive!  For those who don’t know, the Shorter Oxford Dictionary is no such thing. It comes in two enormous volumes and the writing is so tiny that the pair come with a magnifying glass!   I’d love to hear of your favourite words.


Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Beauty, music, nature, Peace, photography


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Wedding Run-through, Planting Courgettes and A New Wall

1    I spent the morning at a run-through of the Humanist Wedding I’m doing on Sunday. The whole Ceremony is going to be so beautiful – the vows written by the couple themselves, the readings they’ve chosen and the song, “Make you Feel my Love” – recently sung by Adele, but originally a Bob Dylan song – that a friend is singing for them and all in the most beautiful setting, Treassowe Manor, one of Cornwall’s Listed Buildings.

This is where the Ceremony will take place.

2    I’ve made a heap of compost and planted just one courgette plant and three seeds. I’m hoping the slugs will find the heap hard to climb!

Courgette protected from the wind

3   From the rubble our beautiful new wall is growing!

The old concrete is dug up and piled up

The new wall is growing – another new planting opportunity!


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