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Lifted Spirits, Struggling Swans and Fading Beauty

1  For a number of reasons, I was late to singing this morning and as soon as I approached the room and could hear the gorgeous harmonies of “Lo, the Eastern Sages Rise”, one of our glorious carols, my spirits were lifted. Then I joined in and of course, my spirits soared even more along with the music!  Everyone should sing!  I know some of my readers will say, “But I can’t!”   Bear in mind this Zimbabwean proverb –  ‘If you can walk, you can dance and if you can talk, you can sing.’

2   It has been a wild, wild day and these elegant swans were doing their best in the rough water but barely moving.

Swans on the Penryn River

3    I love the fading beauty of these anemones.

Beginning to fade

The veins in this one have become more prominent and the centres have gone blue

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my American readers!


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Oxides, Blue Sky and Singing ‘The Soldiers’ Farewell’

1   On some of the paving slabs on our new patio are some remarkably beautiful fern-like patterns. I thought they were  fossilised ferns but I’m told it’s oxides in the stone. Click to see the detail.

Oxides or fossils?

Fossilised fern?

2   It has been properly warm today with such a lovely Cornish blue sky.

Cornish blue sky

3   Singing tonight with Hilary and the Inglehearts was so lovely. We did ‘The Soldiers’ Farewell’ with its beautiful harmonies and cadences – so moving, it  gave me the shivers.


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Crackers, Cornish Lads and Dingboche to Lubuje

1  For Mum and Dad’s Golden Wedding, in 1989, we made some beautiful golden crackers. We, my siblings and their spice who had all come over from America and Germany for the two week long event, had a brilliant evening with Mum and Dad, laughing, sharing stories and making the crackers. I was reminded of this today when, in my perennial sorting of family stuff, I found two packets of the gunpowder strips that make the bang – and they still work! The sound, the smell, both so evocative…….

The Wiseman clan on Perranporth Beach for the Golden Wedding, in our special design t-shirts

2  Tonight , with The Inglehearts, we learnt ‘Cornish Lads’ by Roger Bryant with beautiful harmonies. It’s been one of my favourites since I heard it sung at The Countryman months ago and now we can sing it too. Thanks, Claire.

3   Lucy is now at Lubuje at 18,500ft, having trekked today from Dingboche. I love these names! It’s a splendid vicarious thrill to ‘trek’ with her via the map.

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


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