I’ve had another brief letter published in The Guardian. Simple pleasures delight me!
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The Guardian newspaper printed my letter this morning! There has been ongoing correspondence for the last month about marmalade making and I joined in! Regular readers will know about my marmalade making every January.
Storm Ciara did a good job of flattening our Spring flowers. They were just beginning to perk up when Dennis arrived. The Crocuses and little Iris Reticulata have suffered the most. The Tete a Tete are still standing up.
1 In honour of The Bard’s Birthday, The Globe yesterday held a poetry reading of Sonnet 18 in many different languages,(from Norwegian through Latin to Catalan!) which The Guardian has published today. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/22/in-praise-of-shakespeares-sonnet-18 If you follow the link, there is a fascinating discussion which many of my poetry-lover readers may enjoy. The Globe Theatre is putting on all 37 plays in 37 different languages which is brilliant. (What’s not so brilliant is that the event is being sponsored by BP)
2 Yesterday at the Lelant Garden Centre, I saw this delightful wooden sculpture of St George and the Dragon.That poor Dragon and the rotten triumphal George!
3 This beautiful little sculpture by Bruce Hardwick always makes me smile.
1 Each Saturday I read, “What You Like” where Guardian Weekend readers share their finds of the week and came upon this treasure: http://manonabeach.com/ Do have a look – it’s all about Cornish beaches and why people love them.
2 On our walk today, rather dull and cold, I found this beautiful bark covered with lichen and moss and found sun-rays streaming through the clouds.
3 Skyped with Ami in Senegal and Daniel in Barcelona on a conference call! My French is improving as vocabulary comes back (and I had my Collins Roberts to hand) and Ami’s English is coming on really well so we do manage to communicate.
1 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel prizewinner, died on 1st February 2012 and The Guardian printed this poem of hers which I find very beautiful.
A miracle (what else can you call it):
the sun rose today at three fourteen
and will set tonight at one past eight
A miracle that’s lost on us:
the hand actually has fewer than six
but still it’s got more than four.
A miracle, just take a look around:
the inescapable earth.
An extra miracle, extra and ordinary:
can be thought.
(translated into English by Stanisław Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)
2 Had another enquiry about a wedding, this one a recommendation from a couple whose wedding I did a couple of years ago which is very pleasing.
3 Singing with the Inglehearts. Tonight we rehearsed ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by the Beatles in an arrangement by Claire and it felt good!
“What day is it,?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.”
I love Pooh Bear! And I love the fact that he doesn’t know what day it is! I don’t ask – I just use the day’s Guardian!
2 Thanks to David who sent along emails this afternoon with MP3s of our singing from Sunday evening with the Treggies. ‘The Miners’ Anthem’ is such a haunting and beautiful song. It was written for a production called ‘The Cry of Tin’ which, I discovered is “a powerful 90 minute musical documentary drama telling the story of the rise and fall of mining in Cornwall, focusing on its impact on the people and the land.”
The title comes from when the assayer puts the ingot on a bending machine. As the tin flexes it makes an eerie sound from which he judges its value. They call it the Cry of the Tin.” I love finding things out!
3 French Conversation was hard today! I did learn new vocabulary and I am getting more confident about speaking to Ami’s family when we are in Senegal!