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Penryn, Trimmings and A Poem

Singing in Penryn was busy today. We are getting to grips with a very beautiful and haunting piece called, “When the Winter Melts” composed by a local musician, Jim Carey. It is hard to learn but as the four harmonies come together, it is giving us the shivers, it is so lovely.

Penryn

Sometime in the early Spring, I must have left my very special scarf somewhere. It was made for me about fifteen years ago, by Daughter No3, in the Suffragette colours of purple, white and green and until I wanted to wear it a week ago, I was unaware that I had lost it and I feel very sad about it.  For the last week I have been knitting  to replace it (though in fact, of course, it cannot truly be replaced)  I keep hoping that if I make a new one, it will turn up, the way things sometimes do…….  Today, I have been sewing in the ends where each stripe starts and this is the little pile of trimmings left over.  I will show you the scarf when it is finished.

Purple, white and green

I hope you enjoy today’s poem by Kenneth Koch, both a love song and a delight to any lover of language.

Permanently – Kenneth Koch

One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.
An adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.

Each Sentence says one thing – for example,

“Although it was a dark rainy day when the Adjective walked by,
I shall remember the pure and sweet expression on her face
until the day I perish from the green, effective earth.”

Or, “Will you please close the window, Andrew?”

Or, for example, “Thank you, the pink pot of flowers on
the window sill has changed color recently to a light
yellow, due to the heat from the boiler factory which
exists nearby.”

In the springtime the Sentences and the Nouns lay silently on the grass.
A lonely Conjunction here and there would call, “And! But!”
But the Adjective did not emerge.

As the adjective is lost in the sentence,
So I am lost in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat –
You have enchanted me with a single kiss
Which can never be undone
Until the destruction of language.

 

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Hope, Friendship and Humanity

On a day like today when the news from America has shocked many, the little beautiful things all around us become even more important. They help us keep our sanity, encourage us to be kind to each other and allow us to recognise difference, to celebrate humanity and to have hope and tolerance in our hearts.

I have planted more bulbs in my Suffragette garden today, celebrating those brave women who sacrificed so much to win us the vote. They represent hope for the future too when the purple, white and green will appear in our front garden in the Spring.

 I celebrate friendship too in the making of a pan full of delicious apple purée, the apples having been given to me by a lovely singing friend.

To all my readers and friends out there, hold on to your humanity, be true to yourself and find happiness and beauty in simple things and in each other. Love to you all.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Beauty, garden, Kindness

 

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Singing Workshop, Tulips and Knitting

Today’s singing workshop was fabulous! Imagine spending a day with wonderful people, friends and singing teachers, learning new pieces to be sung in harmony all written by the lovely Helen Yeoman, sharing the most delicious lunch and coming away with such a sense of well-being all brought about by singing together. Just imagine! Well that was my day today and aren’t I just so lucky?

The very talented Helen Yeoman

The very talented Helen Yeoman

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To cap the day off, I was given a beautiful bunch of purple tulips by a lovely friend – for just being a lovely friend! That was a very special moment. Thank you.

Purple tulips

Purple tulips with green leaves against a white wall – celebrating Suffragettes again.

Last night I finished off a cosy scarf that I have been knitting for the lovely Mr S. Now the weather will probably turn warmer!

Scarf

Scarf

 

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Stamp, Ribbon and Mittens

What a delight this morning when the postman delivered a real handwritten letter from Australia, from a young woman who used to light up my English classes. She is now 31 years old and it is so lovely to hear from her.

Australian stamp

Australian stamp

A parcel arrived yesterday full of things I have ordered for Christmas presents so I cannot show you any of it apart from this bow which was attached to the inner parcel.It may give you a clue to the contents!

Bow

Bow

I have knitted something for myself for a change – a pair of mittens in Suffragette colours of purple, white and green. I used random coloured wool and was delighted when starting the second mitten, I realised that they were going to be close on identical!

My new mittens

My new mittens

 

 

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Silver Linings and Special People

Ever the optimist and one to look for silver linings, the best thing about being ill for rather too many weeks has been the time I have had to knit! I have completed four meters of knitting for Wool Against Weapons and I have just started my fifth. At least I feel that I am achieving something positive!  The pieces are all supposed to be in pink but one or two rogue pieces have been sent in so my rogue piece is special. It is in the Suffragette colours of purple, white and green in honour of all the strong women (including my own Great Granny) who fought for our right to vote. The women, and some men, who are knitting for peace are fighting in their own way and I am proud to be one of them!
You could read the real Diary of an Imprisoned Suffragette here in my other blog if you’d like to know more about what these brave women went through to win the right to vote.

Four pieces for wool Against Weapons

Four pieces for wool Against Weapons

We have had our second daughter and family here for the last week and they have been brilliant, both KJ and L, our lovely son-in-law, taking over the cooking of all meals. We have eaten well! The Grandchildren have, of course, been a tonic with their laughter and hugs.

 

 

 

 

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Purple, White and Green

Serendipitously, the first photographs I took today on my walk to town were one each of purple, white and green – which you will know, if you follow, are the colours of the Suffragettes and as such are part of my family history.

1  The purple of the Tibuchina Urvilleana in the front garden was quite startling this morning as there are six new flowers on this amazing plant.

2   Coming back up the hill, I saw this very small white flower growing out of a Cornish hedge, so delicate, so beautiful.

3    The moss on the hedges was a vibrant green and had numerous tiny and fragile-looking flowers, each with a drop of dew on the end, standing up against the light.

Lastly, between the stones of the hedge was this little web, all tangly and mysterious.

 

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Sleep, Knitting and An Indian Elephant

1   I slept all night! Beautiful!

2   Tonight I have finished the first of two Hoodies I am knitting for the Grandbabies. This is the smaller of the two and I am delighted with the finished article.

Tabitha’s hoodie

3   I love this small picture we have of a decorated Indian elephant. When we go to India at the end of the month we will be doing a safari on the back of an elephant.  For one who admires elephants as I do (such devoted and tender creatures) it will be almost a dream come true to be so close to one.

Indian Elephant

PS For those who liked the idea of ‘Suffragette Socks’ in a recent post, this is what they look like! The shades of purple, white and green are just perfect and I shall love wearing them!

Suffragette socks!

 

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