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Yellow, A Surprise and A Bee

Cornwall is very beautifully yellow at this time of year – Primroses in the hedgerows, Daffodils along the verges, Forsythia in gardens, Dandelions, Celandines and Gorse just everywhere, down every lane we travel along.

We bought the magazine Cornwall Today yesterday because there is a feature on Port Isaac where family will be staying this summer. Imagine my delight to find a short article about me and my Suffragette Great Granny! I had completely forgotten the phone call some months ago!

Article in Cornwall Today, April

Bees have arrived in our garden. They love the Rosemary flowers.

A bee on the Rosemary

 

 

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My Suffragette Garden in the Rain

The garden is drinking up the very welcome rain today and everything is glistening. My Suffragette garden has white and purple blooms and an Ivy leaf that has fallen has purple and green with a white pebble or two nearby. together.

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The Hebe is full of fluffy purple flowers.

Hebe

Hebe

Underplanting the Hebe are some tiny white Cyclamen and I noticed the flowers for the first time today.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

For new readers, my Suffragette garden is planted in honour of my Great Granny who was imprisoned in Holloway for her actions in trying to get the vote for women. She was force-fed while in prison and in another branch of the family we have the Holloway Brooch presented to all those who were so treated.

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The Holloway Brooch

 

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Ball Park, Experiment and ‘Oxygen’, The Play

1    The Grandchildren had a lovely time in the ball-park and Grand-baby T proved to be quite a climber.

Climbing

Climbing

2    J had fun discovering what his lung capacity might be. The experiment was in one of his books and proved to be great fun to do.

Experiment

Experiment

3   KJ and I went to see Oxygen, a new play by Natalie McGrath, in Penzance this evening. It was wonderful, moving and totally involving. Many of you who read my blog know that my Great Granny, Granny Wiseman, was a Suffragette who was imprisoned in Holloway and force fed and that we have her Holloway Brooch in the family. I have been brought up to be very proud of her.
Tonight, I am completely overwhelmed by what she and others did to win the vote for women. It is one thing to be told family history, to read novels and non-fiction, but to see it brought alive on stage was something else indeed. I wept in the knowledge that my Great Granny went through this barbaric treatment for her beliefs.  If you are anywhere where this play is being performed, do go and see it! The music is moving, the acting superb and the story, beautifully told, one everyone should know.
Venues through the Southwest and all the way up to Hyde Park can be found here.

Holloway brooch

Holloway brooch

 

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