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Good News, The Song and The Sky

Yesterday’s blog was exceptionally brief.

Just as we were preparing to sing ‘Lean On Me’ at the World Refugee Day event, I heard that my older brother and his wife, on their way from the airport to be with us in Cornwall for a family reunion, had had a car accident, their car written off and they in the Royal Cornwall Hospital.  You can imagine how I felt, out of phone signal and ten miles from home. Eventually we managed to be in contact and have since learned that my SIL has three broken ribs and my Brother is fine, though shaken. The beautiful thing is that they are both still with us. We have yet to see them since their arrival but did meet with their son, his wife and two beautiful children last night. Having them in last night’s audience was a comfort indeed as were my lovely friends, G, D and R to whom I say, thank you for being there, for me to lean on.

Today the sun is shining, it is the Summer Solstice, the Longest Day  and we are preparing for Saturday’s gathering of the clan from Germany and America, London, Norfolk and Exeter. Sadly, my Sister from Hawaii cannot be here and neither can our Barcelona bunch but they will all be here with us in spirit.

Our performance yesterday is now on YouTube. Do have a listen.  After only 3 rehearsals, the community of Porthtowan came together to raise money for refugees by performing at the open mic session in the Blue Bar. ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers, arranged by Claire Ingleheart.

The hand you will see pointing at 1’21” is my Great Niece  pointing me out to her parents who are in the foreground for most of the video.

Today’s sky has been beautiful!

Sky with vapour trail and Seagull

 

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Painting, Brownie Mountain and Naomi Shibab Nye

What a fabulous sing this morning at the Eco Park in Porthtowan with the ever inspiring Claire and then the most delicious Brunch at La Cantina. There are decorated things all over the park and this cable drum pleased me.

Found in the Eco Park

The Birthday party that was postponed because of the snow is to be held tonight and the Vegan Brownies that I made are now assembled into a Brownie Mountain Birthday Cake.

Sue’s Birthday Cake

I have shared several poems by Naomi Shibab Nye whose writing I much admire and invariably enjoy. I hope you love this one too and its uplifting message.

Happiness – Naomi Shihab Nye

It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records . . .

Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it,
and in that way, be known.

 

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Singing, Eco Park and New Cook Book

I went to a Sing for Your Heart, Sing for Your Soul session with Claire today and it was glorious! We sang indoors, then in the courtyard and finally in the field and it was wonderful!

There was post waiting for me when I arrived home – a beautifully written card from T, LiveWire 3, to accompany the  International Cook Book that has been put together by her school community to celebrate the multiple nationalities who attend there. I shall be trying lots of the recipes which sound delicious. I’ll share them with you as I try them.

Northside School International Cook Book

Cook book sent by LiveWire T

 

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Shoreline, Bows, Thirsty Dog and Bedruthan Steps

Shoreline is a beautiful production on Cornish beaches incorporating dance and music. Do click on the red link to discover what it is all about and enjoy the gallery of today’s Premiere on Watergate Bay Beach. Click on any photo for the bigger picture. Today we watched our choirs singing – in the productions on Sennen and at Kynance next week, I will be a part of it all.

A little girl in the audience had beautiful bows in her hair.

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Leaving the beach and the choir having their picnics before the second performance, I spotted a new use for a sand spade.
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After that very emotional performance, I felt the need for some sea and space so we went a few miles up the coast to Bedruthan Steps where we were blown about by the wind on the cliff tops.

Bedruthan Steps

 

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Uplifting Singing, A Mistake and Evening Blooms

What a fabulous sing this morning with Claire Ingleheart and The Suitcase Singers. We went from Shoshalosa to Batonebo, through Yenemanormanoa to Janie Mama, all sung with such joy! I have so missed singing and harmonising with other beautiful voices while we have been away.  Believe me, I took some beautiful photos of the Penryn River and some bluebells this morning and only realised when I tried to upload them that I had had no memory card in my camera! So here are a few photos of beautiful flowers in our garden this evening.

 

 

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Shoreline, Blossom and Sea Fever

A whole day singing and watching dance – what more could one want? And before you say ‘cake’ there was cake too! It is the launch weekend of a fabulous project called Shoreline and you will be hearing more about it! Here are just two shots of the amazing dancers followed by the poster for the weekend launch. Our singing was pretty good too! Everything we learned was an original composition by Jon Hughes and accompanied the dancers.  There were many breathtaking moments and I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s session.

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Shoreline by Simon Birch Dance

Walking around the grounds of Tremough University, the blossom was beautiful to behold.IMG_9883

There seemed only one poem for today, John Masefield’s ‘ Sea Fever’, another that I learned as a child and which I had as a poster in my office for years before I retired.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
 
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
                                                                        And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
 
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

                                           

 

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Wedding, Water Lily and Wet Leaves

I conducted the loveliest Humanist Wedding Ceremony this morning, in a beautiful garden with Cornish mist mizzling and everyone smiling.  It was personal and very moving and made even more special by the fact that a small group from The Suitcase Singers, one of the choirs I sing with, sang a number of most appropriate songs, chosen by the couple and beautifully arranged by our MD, Claire Ingleheart.  Thank you to the singers who helped to make that a very special ceremony for everyone involved.  Photos will follow later.

Two of our number invited us all back for lunch and that was really good too, to unwind with friends over a truly delicious meal and then to have a walk around their lovely and very productive garden. There was a Water Lily just opening on their pond.  (Thank you, P and J, for the rhubarb!)

Water Lily

Water Lily

I love taking photos in the rain! I love how droplets collect and act as little magnifying glasses on the leaves. Do click on the photo and then zoom in – it’s like magic!

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Water droplets

 

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