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Sea Singing!

It was the last sing with Suitcase Singers this term so afterwards we all went down to Gylly Beach for a big sandy picnic.  A bunch of them went in the sea and sang for those of us on the beach and it was rather lovely!

Singing in the sea

Singing in the sea

I did make a video but the sound of the sea and the wind almost drowns out their singing of Oxygen.

 

 

 

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Knitting, Sailing and Sunshine

1    What a cracker of a day this has been!  After an early trip to the osteopath, off to singing with The Suitcase Singers where five more wonderful knitters had their pieces finished for me to join to the growing Peace scarf, our contribution to Wool Against Weapons’ 7 mile scarf. I sang and joined and finished just in time for the last song, the very moving ‘Oxygen’, written by our wonderful leader, Claire Ingleheart, to honour our Suffragette sisters. It is 101 years ago today that the first Cornish contingent set off walking from Lands End to London to demand the vote for women. See this post for last year’s event.

The Suitcase Singers surrounded by our 21 pieces

The Suitcase Singers surrounded by our 21 pieces

Our knitting went around more than once

Our knitting went around more than once

More pieces

More pieces

Our roll of pieces

Our roll of pieces by the Penryn River

2    After that rousing and exhilarating sing, I met the lovely Mr S and we went off for the final three hours of our sailing course and at the end of a truly gruelling session, we have both passed our RYA2! No photos! Too busy!

3   This evening I have laid out our 21 pieces in the evening sunshine in our garden and rolled it all up ready to be collected and taken to Stroud tomorrow. I have marked the end and the beginning with Purple, White and Green ribbons to further honour our Suffraggette sisters with the inscription – “Knit, Natter and Sing Redruth, Cornwall”  Hopefully they will help us to identify our bits of the scarf in photos from 9th August when the seven miles of knitting will be spread out from Aldermaston to Burghfield.

21 pieces all over the garden

21 pieces all over the garden

Re-rolled and Suffragette colours attached

Re-rolled and Suffragette colours attached

 

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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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The Suffragette Pilgrimage, Sea Gazing and Ice-cream

1   More than fifty walkers turned up today to watch the opening episode of Oxygen and to walk in the footsteps of their Suffragette sisters marking the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913. That was so brilliant!  The play was inspiring and moving and then the walk started, led by the actors, singing songs from the play. What a day!

2   The children and I only walked at the start and then waved everyone off (There will be more photos very soon from the walkers themselves)    We took the children to play in the sand at Mount’s Bay……

Gazing out to sea

Gazing out to sea

3  …….. and finished off the day with a delicious Cornish ice-cream, thinking all the afternoon of those of my dear friends walking the trail at the same time as those amazing women walked exactly 100 years ago today. The Suffragettes in 1913 walked for themselves and for those who couldn’t and that’s what my people did for me today. Thank you.

Strawberry ice-cream

Strawberry ice-cream

 

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Choir Babies, ‘Oxygen’ and Cricket

1   Lots of beautiful Choir-babies with us today -they are such a delight and the singing must be very good for them!

Choir babies

Choir babies, watching Claire as closely as we do!

2   This afternoon, at the Hall for Cornwall, we were invited to an Open rehearsal of ‘Oxygen’, a new play celebrating the centenary of The Great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage. Women marched from all over the country to a huge rally in Hyde Park and this play is about the Cornish contingent.  It was brilliant watching the actors and directors working together and such a privilege to be invited in.   A number of us have plans to walk in the footsteps of these amazing women on 19th June at the start of the project. We plan to walk from Land’s End to St Just and all along the route there are other events planned. If you live nearby, please join us!

About to set off from Land's End to London

About to set off from Land’s End to London

Many of you reading will know that my Great Grandmother was a Suffragette who was force fed in Holloway for her actions in the fight for women to get the vote. I think she would have been very proud to know that she and her fellows are being remembered in this very moving tribute. Fot those of you who are reading in the UK and who are anywhere on the route from Land’s End to Hyde Park, try to see one of the productions of the play along the route. Find out more here.

3   We have eaten in the garden this evening with the sounds of Summer all around us, the most evocative being the thwack of leather on willow, the shouts of ‘Howzat!’ and the sporadic clapping from the nearby cricket ground. They all bring back warm summer memories for both of us of our Dads playing cricket when we were kids.

 

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