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KwaZulu Natal – Day 7

30th April

Today was a tour of the Zulu battlefields which I thought I would have no interest in but I was mistaken. Having the battles described on site at Isandlwana (where the British were beaten and massacred) and Rorke’s Drift (where they won the battle and many Zulus died) made it all come alive and emphasised the terrible futility of war.

Tapestry in the museum

 

 

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The Tregellas Tapestries, Colour and A Good Friend

1   The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth houses the The Tregellas Tapestries which show the story of Cornwall from prehistory to modern day, in many beautiful tapestries. These are just two of them. There are 56 more of them and I love going to see them as we did this morning. I wish I could have been part of the project!

Tregellas tapestry

Another of the tapestries

“Known as Redruth’s hidden treasure, the Tregellas Tapestries are a collection of panels of artwork depicting the story of Cornwall in a unique modern tapestry. The word tapestry perhaps doesn’t quite convey how extensive the piece of art is: in short it is a breathtaking work of embroidery, created with appliqué, collage, paint, wool, silks, metal, cork and wood under the direction of Cornish Bard Rita Tregellas Pope, and two designers Joanne Tucker and Anne Corey. The tapestry was created to advance knowledge of Cornwall’s cultural heritage and showcase Cornish history, pre-history, legends industries and activities. The work took three years to complete and has been on display since 2001.”

2   There is still colour in the garden, lots of Kashmir Lilies and just a few nasturtiums and a couple of dahlias.

Kashmir Lilies

Nasturtium

Dahlia

3   A very good friend dropped in this afternoon and we spent a happy hour catching up on each other’s news – lovely!

 

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