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Letter, Posy and A Song

On this International Women’s Day, I had a brief letter in The Guardian where every letter and opinion piece today had been written by a woman.

“Re messages on vehicles, here in Cornwall, you’ll see, “No pasties left in this van overnight” on bakery delivery vans. We value our proper Cornish pasties very highly.”

I took a little posy next door today, with rosemary to remember our lovely neighbour’s wedding anniversary.

I’ve been listening to Dreadnought South West on Phonic fm today as they take over the airwaves for International Women’s Day. Claire, our choir leader, was being interviewed and singing one of her songs about a Cornish woman, live in the studio with her daughter Ruby.  Ten years ago, Claire wrote the music for a production of Oxygen written by Natalie McGrath of Dreadnought and on Monday The Ingleheart Singers recorded the song to be used in today’s programme. You can hear the song by clicking on the red link above.


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Women, March Mindfulness and Two Posies

It’s International Women’s Day today and in honour of all women, everywhere, let’s celebrate friendships.A bit of history for you: 1917
“On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Opposed by political leaders, the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women’s strike commenced was Sunday February 23 on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was March 8.”
To strong women everywhere and as a friend put it today, “to the stoic women of Ukraine who are suffering the ravages of war, those brave women in Russia who protest at Putin’s barbaric behaviour, and  the women of bordering Europe, the UK and the world who have risen up to assist Ukraine. ”

Today is also a special one for our dear neighbour and I have taken a small posy round for her.Somehow I didn’t pass on the Happiness calendar on March 1st. Here it is now!

And while I was picking the primroses and rosemary for S, she was down at the allotment picking some purply stocks for me for International Women’s Day. I’ve put the in my green glass with some white flowers to show the suffragette and I.W.D. colours of purple, white and green.


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Inspiration, Posy, and Stained Glass

It is International Women’s Day today and these words from Malala Yousafzai are the ones which speak loudest to me today.

“Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world.”
I made this posy of primroses for a very dear friend today.
 Stained glass always catches my eye and this was no exception. It’s gorgeous.
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International Women’s Day, Flashmob and Violette Szabo

1   It is International Women’s Day today. To mark the day, members from all three of Claire’s choirs gathered together in Truro today to do a series of flash mobs, singing ‘Oxygen’ in the market, in Waterstone’s and in the Lemon Street Gallery/Market. It was such a fabulous experience to be part of that and the public loved us saying things like, “That was mind-blowing!”, “Magic” and ‘You were brilliant!’  There is a link to a previous post about the song and the play for which it was written here.

Flash Mob for International Womens Day! Love this photo of Claire taken in Waterstones by Amanda.

Flash Mob for International Womens’ Day! Love this photo of Claire taken in Waterstone’s Bookshop by Amanda.

2   This evening we have been at another event of words and music celebrating  International Women’s Day and I told the story of Violette Szabo, secret agent in the Second World War and read the following beautiful poem written by Leo Marks in memory of his girlfriend who had died in a plane crash, which Violette used in her coded messages. Claire accompanied me on the harp which was just brilliant.

The Life That I Have

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Leo Marks
3   There is a beautiful semi circle of moon tonight, just finishing off the day perfectly.
The moon tonight

The moon tonight


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