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Street Art, Dinner and A Poem

After an enjoyable writers’ workshop this morning where I was introduced to a poem from Thich Naht Hahn that I didn’t know, I had shopping to do in Redruth. In one window was a charming Seagull, further along, an amusing and  unique hanging basket and along the lane to the car park, another delightful piece of street art, a huge vase of sunflowers. Of course, that reminded me of our dear Ukrainian friends to whom I send love in this post.

I’m experimenting with more and more veggie meals and tonight tried an Aubergine, Tomato and Halloumi bake. It was as delicious as it was pretty.

And here is the poem, “The Good News”, to which we all responded positively. We then each wrote our own version and they were a joy to listen to as well as to write. It’s World Poetry Day too….

The good news
they do not print.
The good news
we do print.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
that the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen. You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow,
of preoccupation,
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

by Thich Nhat Hanh



Writing, Spring and Pancakes

A different Tuesday today as I started a writing course while the lovely Mr S went off to Community Roots. It was held in The Writers’ Block at The Ladder and was lots of fun as well as being somewhat challenging. I was quite pleased with what I wrote.  The venue is full of magical items to get one’s brain in action!  One of my favourites was a beautiful paper sculpture of a forest and a man in a top hat and tails.  Several people used this as a starting point for one of the exercises.

Two feathers in a cupboard were what set me off on one exercise.

One of our little border in the front garden is full of Spring.

It’s Pancake Day.  Our savoury ones were stuffed with veggie chilli and the sweet ones wrapped around a banana, with a drizzle of maple syrup and topped with toasted slivered almonds – delicious.


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Volunteering, Dahlias and Peggy Seeger

We’ve been out and it’s very late so please call back tomorrow for photos and words. 🙂

That was a very busy day. First we went to help paint the old Redruth Library which has been abandoned for sometime but is now undergoing change. It is to become a community space for The Writers’ Block, for creativity, for story telling and writing workshops, for drama and performance. A call was put out for volunteers to help paint the first story telling room so off we went. The pictures tell the start of the restoration of this room, preparation and starting to paint. I did work as well as taking photos! Permission was given for all photos to be shared.

Wonderful colour was to be found at the National Dahlia Collection where we went late afternoon.

The best was yet to come.  We went to St Ives to see the wonderful Peggy Seeger. What a woman she is, still performing at 87, still the fierce feminist and activist. She was supported by her singer songwriter son, Neil and their last song which she said was her goodbye to us all, was her beloved Ewan MacColl’s goodbye to her and his family, “The Joy of Living.” I suspect there were few dry eyes in the house.

I bought a tea towel from her ‘merch’ table – I already had the other stuff!


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Winter Solstice, Dusk and Neil Gaiman

To celebrate the Winter Solstice we have had a spiral of candles lit today.

This evening, at astronomical dusk, we were in The Writers’ Block  at Cornwall College, to be a part of the “wave of words across the UK.” The event, DUSK, part of the Solstice Shorts Festival, was one of 12 around the country starting at 17.07 in Ellon and ours, the last one starting at 17.40. There were stories, songs and poetry on the theme of dusk at dusk and it was brilliant! The creative space was a delight to be in and among the inspiring quotations on the walls was this one from Neil Gaiman which rang so true for us both.

Happy Winter solstice to all my readers. May the increasing light  bring you peace and joy in the coming year.

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