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Millicent Fawcett, Lavender and Another Hero

We went on a bit of a pilgrimage today to find the new statue of Millicent Fawcett, Leader of the Suffragists, in Parliament Square, the only statue to a female among eleven men!

Millicent Fawcett

The detail on the statue is fabulous – the fabric and folds of her coat, her leather boots, her jewellery and the stitching effect on her banner…

There was a beautiful border of bee laden Lavender just nearby.


Another of my heroes was in the square – Nelson Mandela, again with intricate detail in the bronze.

Nelson Mandela



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Mandela Memorial, Lunch and Tree Planting

1   We listened to the Memorial for Nelson Mandela this morning. What a man – and how loved and respected he was. I loved Obama’s speech and the quoting at the end of the last two lines from Mandela’s favourite poem. I put it all here as it is so appropriate.

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


2   I made a bowlful of Broad Bean Hummus (garden ones, frozen) to take for a shared lunch today. My Oat and Linseed Flowerpot loaf worked out well too.
3   Our shared lunch with our good friends, N&G, was a precursor helping them plant the last few trees of their small woodland. I just love the whole idea of this – to have the forethought to plant for generations to come. There are Sessile oaks, Silver birch, Rosa Rugosa, Ash, Sweet Chestnut, Gean Cherry, White, Goat and Scarlet Willows, Italian Alder, Elder and Hazel – all planted for particular purposes – for the birds, for insect life, for food, for shelter and for love.   It’s going to be a magical place with a stone circle in the middle and the hands and laughter of many friends in the planting. What a joy to be part of this project.  Thank you to you both.
Our first tree planted

Our first tree planted

Kaia helping with the digging

Kaia helping with the digging

Part of the very young woodland

Part of the very young woodland


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Nelson Mandela, Raindrops and Concert

Mandela's words

Mandela’s words

1   What a wise man Mandela was and what a loss to the world. It’s a pity a man like that can’t live for ever but we hope his influence and legacy will.

2    I love how the raindrops magnify the veins on the leaves.

Raindrops on three leaves

Raindrops on three leaves

3   The Suitcase Singers did a brilliant gig tonight! This is the stage afterwards with the leftover feather from some of the boas. Sorry I don’t have a photo of the choir. Everyone really dresses up for these gigs in black with bright colours and lots of glitter. We are told that we look fantastic!

Feathers at the end of the gig

Feathers at the end of the gig

4   Today’s dawn sky was another beauty.

Dawn through the Weeping Larch

Dawn through the Weeping Larch


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