I thought you might like to hear one of our songs from this afternoon, “My Flower, My Companion and Me”
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We expected just to be shown around to to see what was going on but it turned out to be the day for putting up a new poly tunnel and it seemed that extra hands would be useful so we stayed and helped. What a wonderful sense of satisfaction and camaraderie.
We rehearsed at the eco park as usual this afternoon, celebrating our wonderful sing at The Minack theatre on Friday. The eco park is getting ready for their festival, Tropical Pressure, and we found painted pebbles and beautifully painted benches made of recycled tyres and wood.
I’ve been to the Eco Park countless times and today took LiveWire No 3 to sing with me. She joined us on various zooms during lockdowns and loves singing with Claire. On the way out she spotted something I have never seen before, zebras behind fences! What a surprise!
Tonight’s meal with the family (Daughter No 1 has joined us for the day too) – Marmalade Chicken.
In 2013 some of our choir walked from Lands End to St Just, inspired by the March of the Women, 100 years before, who walked from Land’s End to London demanding Votes for Women. Tonight, in the atrium of the Eco Park we sang March of the Women, conducted by our leader, Claire, using a toothbrush.
Ethel Smyth’s rousing March of the Women was composed in 1910 to words by Cicely Hamilton, with a tune adapted from a traditional Italian melody. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) introduced it as the official anthem of the Women’s Social and Political Union and it became associated with the suffrage movement more generally. Info from the British Library
In 1911 it was sung on Pall Mall in celebration of the release from prison of a number of activists. The following year, the conductor Thomas Beecham (1879–1961) apparently heard it sung in Holloway Prison, where Smyth and Pankhurst were imprisoned and it is said that Ethel Smyth conducted the imprisoned women singing at their windows, using her toothbrush as a baton. Some of you know that my Great Granny was a Suffragette imprisoned and force fed in Holloway. I like to think she may have known and sung this song.
There was a rueful smile when I saw this cartoon.
It’s been a busy day – friends for coffee in the front garden (very cold) this morning, friends for tea and cake in the back garden (cold and wet!) in the afternoon and another meal out this evening! We all decided that we need to invest in some thermal and waterproof clothing so that we can continue to meet in our gardens over the winter. The vegan Thali at the Wilder Allotment Kitchen at the Mount Pleasant Eco Park was scrumptious and the music from the six gathered musicians a delight. A storm was coming as we left and a chunk of rainbow lit the darkening sky.
The Tibouchina is still beautiful with no petals!
This evening’s sky was a pretty one.
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.