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I was a Festival Virgin……..

…….but no more! I have spent the last few days at WOMAD in Wiltshire and found my spiritual home! To begin the days with singing in harmony, to end the days with dancing, in the rain or in the evening sunshine, to fill the hours in between with music from all over the world, with food from all over the world, to be with some of the people one loves the most and surrounded by happy, like-minded strangers – well, what more could one ask for?  Honestly? Only to have the rest of the family there too!

Why have I not been to music festivals before? I can’t really answer that question. I have always wanted to and now, at last, I have and I have loved every single minute of the four days.  I’m already looking to book for next year!

Let me take you on a visual journey through the Festival. I’m just sorry I can’t bring you the music. Here are a few photos from our first impressions on Thursday evening – colour, inventiveness, children, happiness, parched grass, music……

More tomorrow.

 

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Spring Yellow, Blue and Cream

Despite the grey day, our Spring flowers continue to bloom and deliver their beauty where it matters most.

Pale yellow primroses

Pale yellow primroses

Bi-colour Muscari

Bi-colour Muscari

Tubs on the steps

Tubs on the steps

Creamy tulips

Creamy tulips

 

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Olive Oil, Angel and School Concert

1   The Spanish olive oil in its beautiful bottle reflected in the granite work top caught my eye this morning. What a rich and gorgeous colour it is.

Olive oil and a reflection

Olive oil and a reflection

2  Another Angel from the shop displays in our small town. They were all made by local school children working with local artists in their schools. I love this one, made by Ken.

Ken's Angel in a shop window

Ken’s Angel in a shop window

3   Our Choir has sung at the school Concert tonight. It was an absolute delight to see the little ones, only 12 of them, performing their songs and being so pleased with our applause.

 

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The Tregellas Tapestries, Colour and A Good Friend

1   The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth houses the The Tregellas Tapestries which show the story of Cornwall from prehistory to modern day, in many beautiful tapestries. These are just two of them. There are 56 more of them and I love going to see them as we did this morning. I wish I could have been part of the project!

Tregellas tapestry

Another of the tapestries

“Known as Redruth’s hidden treasure, the Tregellas Tapestries are a collection of panels of artwork depicting the story of Cornwall in a unique modern tapestry. The word tapestry perhaps doesn’t quite convey how extensive the piece of art is: in short it is a breathtaking work of embroidery, created with appliqué, collage, paint, wool, silks, metal, cork and wood under the direction of Cornish Bard Rita Tregellas Pope, and two designers Joanne Tucker and Anne Corey. The tapestry was created to advance knowledge of Cornwall’s cultural heritage and showcase Cornish history, pre-history, legends industries and activities. The work took three years to complete and has been on display since 2001.”

2   There is still colour in the garden, lots of Kashmir Lilies and just a few nasturtiums and a couple of dahlias.

Kashmir Lilies

Nasturtium

Dahlia

3   A very good friend dropped in this afternoon and we spent a happy hour catching up on each other’s news – lovely!

 

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