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Daffodils, Lentils and Preparation

Our order from Sarah Raven arrived much earlier than we anticipated so we have had to empty the daffodil pot in order to plant the Sweet Peas. I cut the Daffs to bring in and we have buried the bulbs so that the leaves can die down naturally.

I have made a Ragu sauce with lentils instead of meat tonight and it was delicious.

We have prepared the planting place for the Sweet Peas with their wigwam. I’ll put the beautiful looking little plants in tomorrow.

Tonight my neighbours and I will be in the garden at 8.30 to sing for peace as people around the world will be doing. Join in if you would like to singing Peace, Salaam, Shalom.



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Fathers, Brine and L R Knost

It was on this day in 2004 that my lovely Dad died and he has been in my mind and my heart more than usual today. The following cutting was found by my Mum many, many years ago and clearly made her think of her Father, my Grandfather, The Rev W R Richards, whom I knew for only a couple of years when we lived in the Vicarage in Cockerham, Lancashire with him and my Granny.dscn9591

If only – my lovely Dad was a very wise man.

The turkey is sitting in the brine I made yesterday. Isn’t it a beautiful colour?dscn9580

These words from L R Knost touched me.peace


Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Beauty, family, Peace, Postaday 2016, quotations


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Peace, Phoenix Museum of Art and Chay Chien

Temperatures of 97F (36C) meant we had to find refuge indoors today so off we went on the Metro Light Rail to the Museum of Art,  stopping off to see a sculpture to Peace which was very moving, surrounded as it was both by weapons of death and words of Peace.

The Museum was full of beautiful works  that we can show you as American museums encourage photos and the sharing of artistic delights. At home, photos are rarely allowed. Join us to see a few of our favourites.

Upside Down, Inside Out by Anish Kapoor

I loved this one, The White Rose by William Merritt Chase. My choirs sing a beautiful Cornish folk song of the same title. This photo  is for all of them.

And in the children’s room……

The very best part of the exhibition though was Yayoi Kusama’s You Who are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies which was a almost indescribable experience. If it comes near you, please don’t miss it. We stepped into a black space filled with tiny lights and couldn’t tell where the walls or the floor began or ended. It seemed as if we were stepping out into the universe to be surrounded by stars – quite magical and just a bit scary. The photo does not do it justice.

Our lunch/tea tonight was at Rice Paper, the Vietnamese restaurant attached to our hotel, The San Carlos. I had a vegetarian Tempura Spring Roll with a miso ginger sauce and it was truly scrumptious. 

We fly home tomorrow, a ten hour flight arriving at Heathrow at 1.30pm UK time, then the train to Cornwall arriving home by 10pm if allgoesto plan.

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in America, Arizona, art, Beauty, Food


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Sedona Sunrise to Sunset and Peace Tour 2

An early start for a busy day of petroglyphs at V Bar V Heritage site, a lake at Montezuma Well, Montezuma Castle – all sites linked to the Sinagua people in these places around 1100-1400. Do look them up, just fascinating. Then on to The Labyrinth and later a stroll around Sedona and sunset. I wish we had a whole week here, there is so much to see and we have too little time!

Here a mountain lion is attacking a deer.

This lake is a limestone sink hole and fed by continuously flowing springs. This gorgeous lizard was sunning himself on one of the rocks nearby. Just look at his toes and the wonderful colours.

This is a five storey, twenty room dwelling 100 feet above the valley built by Sinaguan farmers sometime between 1100 and 1300. Remarkable!

I walked this lovely labyrinth and as I did, a dove landed on the poles of the tepee and stayed there all the time I was walking.
I shall have to devote a post to the artwork around Sedona. I have never seen a town so full of delightful sculptures and wall paintings. Sunset was less spectacular than the other night but beautiful in a different way.


Posted by on September 13, 2016 in America, Arizona, Beauty, environment


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Seals, John Lennon and Peace

As I approached the Zed Shed for singing withThe Suitcase Singers this morning a truck pulled up with two seals aboard. 

 Every day I wish for Peace. When we sing we make some peace for each other and when we do concerts, and there are many at this time of year, we give the gift of peace for a while to our audiences. Singing certainly heals my soul. Thank you Claire for this gift.


Posted by on December 10, 2015 in Beauty


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Peace, Autumn Woods and A Gate

We spent the afternoon in Highgate Woods and in the Pavilion Cafe in the park was a thin obelisk to Peace. It seemed particularly apt for this weekend.

Autumn leaves were everywhere and treasures to be found. This is one of Second Biggest Livewire’s that he brought to show me.

The gates to the woods are charming.



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October 2009

This was taken on one of our trips to Glasgow, a favourite city. We love the Rennie Mackintosh buildings and discovered this very pleasing sculpture on one of our  many walks. The word Peace is all over it in many different languages. I’m sorry I don’t know the name of the sculptor. If any reader can help out, I’d be delighted.

Oct 2009 Glasgow peace sculpture

Oct 2009 Glasgow peace sculpture



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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in art, Beauty, photography, sculpture


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