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Snow! Centenary and A Song

We woke to snow! What a treat for us here in Cornwall and it was all gone by lunchtime. Click on any photo for a wider view.

 

Today is the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage, 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. It was legislation that enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later. I have been publishing Suffragette Diary as my contribution to the Cause. Today has brought some special news and a song.

In my post yesterday, I shared my research which had led me to think that the anonymous Suffragette was, in fact, Gladys Roberts.  To my delight, that has been confirmed today by a researcher friend. Thank you, Lesley . And that is not all……

Lesley has also discovered information about my Great Granny, Mrs Wiseman, whom we knew had been force fed in Holloway for which she received the Holloway Brooch but we knew no more.   Now we know what Mary Wiseman did. At 53, she was an activist in Manchester and joined several other women in London in an attempt to present a petition to the Prime Minister. When the police tried to prevent the women, they ‘obstructed’ and some hit the police. For this they were arrested, taken to the Magistrate’s court and imprisoned.  One of the cuttings mentions Winston Churchill watching from behind the railings!

Cornishman 8 April 1909

Newspaper image ©The British Library Board. All rights reserved. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

I had a message as I started to transcribe the Diary from a songwriter who wanted to use it in creating a song about Suffragettes. ‘Of course,’ I said  and here is the song, many phrases of which you will recognise if you have read the Diary. Thank you, Matt, it’s brilliant!  https://museumsongwriter.wordpress.com/the-songs/

 

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Wheal Amelia, Butterfly and A Magpie

Cornwall is scattered with old engine houses, relics of the days when tin and copper were mined here. This one I saw today used to be called Wheal Amelia but as you will see from the plaque there is more to its history than that.

Wheal Amelia

Wheal Amelia

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An unusual butterfly landed on the shed roof today. It turns out to be a Wall Brown, Lasiommata Megera.

 Wall Brown Lasiommata megera


Wall Brown
Lasiommata megera

A Magpie landed on our beautiful sculpture, Fledgling, by Richard Holliday, to wait for its turn at the feeders.DSCN4676

 

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Sculpture, Choir-Baby and Carol Singing

1   Every Thursday, I walk past the workshop where we bought our beautiful sculpture, Fledgling. I love this notice in the window today.

Nude sculpture

Nude sculpture

2  Our newest Choir-baby is only a few weeks from being with us at our singing sessions each Thursday. L is the artist who created the wonderful willow and paper sculpture of  Tyrannosaurus Rex for the City of Lights parade in November.

L and her choir-baby

L and her choir-baby

3   Tonight we have sung carols at a late-night shopping event at Morgan’s in St Agnes. It was delightful.

Claire's three choirs having a laugh between songs

Claire’s three choirs having a laugh between songs

 
 

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One Year Old Wall, Courgette Flower and Young Bird

1    A year ago we had just had a new wall built and I had just finished planting it up. Most of the plants are thriving and we are delighted with it.

New wall one year on,  1st July 2013

New wall one year on, 1st July 2013

New wall 1st July 2012

New wall 1st July 2012

2   The Courgette plants have a flower. I can’t understand why some people batter and deep-fry the flowers with out waiting for the courgettes to form but maybe if there were a glut…….

First Courgette flower

First Courgette flower

3   After mowing the lawn the lovely Mr S put my sculpture back at a different angle and he now looks like a young bird rather than a Fledgling. I’ll have him back as a Fledgling next Spring!

No longer a Fledgling

No longer a Fledgling

You can see The Fledgling here.

 

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Magpies, Snail and Our Fledgling

1    We have a family of Magpies chattering away in the garden, not quite enough for a parliament (when there are lots of magpies gathered together)  We have this rhyme with regard to Magpies but I’ve never seen more than five at once.

One for sorrow, two for joy;
Three for a girl, four for a boy;
Five for silver, six for gold;
Seven for a secret, never to be told;
Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss;
Ten for a bird that’s best to miss.

Young Magpie with a parent

Young Magpie with a parent

2   This very small snail was on our bench. I may not have found him quite so beautiful had he been among the baby lettuces!

Small snail

Small snail

3   Our new sculpture is being moved around the garden until we find just the right spot. Here he is sitting on several roof tiles, as advised by the sculptor, in the middle of the lawn but I don’t think he’ll stay there for long…….

Our Fledgling by Richard Holliday

Our Fledgling by Richard Holliday

 

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Sculpture, Clouds and Clematis

1   I’ve been looking at this beautiful sculpture for months,  after singing on Thursdays, and longing to have it as mine. I’ve been saving up and today, went into the workshop for the second time. The first was months ago to enquire about it. Today, I have bought it. The Fledgling is now mine and I can pick it up next week. It has been waiting for me all this time! 

The Fledgling by  Richard Holliday

The Fledgling by Richard Holliday

2   The clouds this evening have been beautiful, all sorts of lovely patterns. I have to learn what the patterns mean in terms of weather to come.

Clouds

Clouds

3   Our Clematis Montana is coming into  flower and is very lovely.

Clematis Montana

Clematis Montana

 

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