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Friendship and A Poem

I have been thinking about friendship this evening and how important it is to our well-being and our peace of mind. We have our lovely friends from Ukraine around at the moment, really close friendships made in such a short time last November and which have been renewed this week.


Tonight I share with you a beautiful poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. I have shared it before but feel it is good for today too. .

Red Brocade

The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
where he’s come from,
where he’s headed.
That way, he’ll have strength
enough to answer.
Or, by then you’ll be
such good friends
you don’t care.
 
Let’s go back to that.
Rice? Pine nuts?
Here, take the red brocade pillow.
My child will serve water
to your horse.
 
No, I was not busy when you came!
I was not preparing to be busy.
That’s the armor everyone put on
to pretend they had a purpose
in the world.
 
I refuse to be claimed.
Your plate is waiting.
We will snip fresh mint
into your tea.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2023 in community, Postaday 2023, Uncategorized

 

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Beach, Selfie and Pins

Such a beautiful day with bright sun and the bluest of skies so we went to the beach and one of our Hooligan friends came with us.

Toddler in wellies in the waves, Porthtowan, Wheal Coates on the cliffs

Us three

One of our young Hooligan Art Community friends has been back to Kyiv in between her visits here and she brought us all gifts of pins. Mine means Freedom and Will and joins my Ukrainian flag on my bag. The lovely Mr S has the military roadblock being used to stop Russian tanks and Sue-next-door has the word for bread (palianytsia) , a word that Russians can’t say so it is used to establish nationality.

 

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Ice, Singing and Friends

Yesterday, one of our dear friends shared the following photo, nature’s beauty indeed. I think it’s a Physalis.

Photo by N, thank you

We sang one of my favourite pieces today, a version of Pachelbel’s Canon as learned at a workshop at WOMAD some years ago.  This video was made by a friend in the sopranos – sorry it’s sideways but it does sound lovely as each part is added to the whole. Thank you, S.  I love to sing all the parts in turn except the high soprano!

Our Ukrainian friends are back and we are all so happy!

 

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Performances and Bunting

Our Ukrainian friends are coming back to Cornwall. We are so excited!  I love the poster that shows the next tour – Falmouth and Redruth along with Leipzig and Berlin!

I’ve bought lots of lovely bunting to decorate one of the venues.

 
 

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Happy Christmas to All My Dear Readers

Here’s an Angel for Ukraine for you all to wish you peace and happiness.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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Wind, Feather and An Exhibition

Saw this today and thought you, Dear Readers, might like it too.

Walking into town this afternoon, my eye was caught by a pretty little feather on the path.

Redruth has been privileged to be hosting a remarkable exhibition by Ukrainian artist Evhen Bal ‘Artifacts of Zero’. These antiwar artworks are made of Russian shrapnel and spent munitions that Evhen collected near Severodonets, Mykolaiv and at the Kramatorsk Railway Station. ‘Zero’ refers to military slang – the forward position, closest to the enemy, of fighting units.  The exhibition is not beautiful in any conventional sense but talking to the artist and learning more about the war, the people, the community spirit, the grabbing hold of life was such a powerful and moving experience.  The following poster was up on the wall.

Slava Ukraine

 

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