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Wool Against Weapons – What a Day! Thanks, Jaine.

What a day that was to be a part of – exciting, satisfying and oh, so moving! We were there to stretch our pink scarf between AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield, which provide the warheads for the submarine-launched missile system and to protest at the renewal of Trident at a cost of 120 billion pounds when the country desperately needs that money for health, welfare and education.

Three trains, a short bus ride and nearly 6 hours later and I was there, surrounded by lovely people and pinkness.  The 32 photos will give you a feel of the day but what cannot be captured are the sounds and the feelings. Do click to read the captions that tell you the whole story of the day.

I walked from Aldermaston to the first milepost and back, hoping to spot our 23 piece length but I didn’t see it. All along the way, people were in small groups or singly preparing to hold up the scarf at 1pm and everyone had cheery words to exchange. At 1pm I stopped walking and took my place in the holding up of the scarf. This was accompanied by a wave of sound – of bells and whistles, of whoops and singing, of drums, saxophone and an accordion that swept along the line and which we could hear continuing in the distance as it passed. Then up the line came the message that it was time for the two minutes of silence to remember the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and the silence travelled  powerfully along the seven miles. It was an incredibly moving experience.

Next came the bells and the signal to start rolling up the scarf ready for re-purposing as blankets and each of the seven miles collected at their own milestone with their enormous pinwheels of knitting for speeches, singing and cake!
Text messages allowed me to meet up with my choir friend and Quaker, Kate, who inspired me in the first place to get our group together to knit so it was most appropriate that we were together for the singing and the speeches. Jaine, the force behind this event is an inspiration!

My camera makes a compilation video as I take photos. It is not a quality video but it does give an impression of the day with some sound. If you’d like to see it, please comment and I’ll answer with the link. Here is a link to the BBC’s coverage.  Peace to you all.

 

 

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Wool Against Weapons Event and I’m There!

As this is published today, I shall be at Aldermaston with Wool Against Weapons. I leave on the 05.53 train and return at 22.16 and will have been part of the Human Peace Scarf stretching the seven miles between Aldermaston and Burghfield, the two atomic weapons sites in the UK.  This is what it is all about:

“Yarn Bomb, not real Bombs!

Wool Against Weapons – anti war grassroots campaign –  will unroll a 7 mile long knitted Peace Scarf in pink – to draw attention to the Governments proposed £120bn spend to renew Trident, in what will be the biggest anti war demo in recent years.

Thousands of knitters have been joining in from all over the world, in what has been a truly International effort to produce over 11,000 meters of scarf. This will be unrolled between AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield on August 9th 2014.

The scarf will then be repurposed into blankets which will be used for humanitarian aid, including projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Syria, and the U.K.

Wool Against Weapons is supported by CND, Action AWE and Lush Campaigns.”

Some of our 22 pieces for Peace

Some of our 22 pieces for Peace

I will post photos tomorrow. Let’s hope that the whole event is covered by the news media.

 

 
 

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Excitement, Peas and Costume

1  I’ve booked my tickets to Mortimer station! I’m going to be at The Wool Against Weapons demo at Aldermaston with our Peace scarf! I am so excited I haven’t the words to say!  I will actually be there to unroll our 22 Peace Pieces!

Our Pieces for Wool Against Weapons

 

2   We have harvested our first peas today, beautifully sweet and moist – just lovely raw!

Peas in the pod

3   I have sorted my costume for Sunday 3rd August, on the lines of my Great Great Granny on my Mother’s side – a long dark grey skirt, a white shirt with a wide dark cummerbund and a green brooch at the neck that belonged to the lovely Mr S’s Great Aunt with a flash of purple ribbon as my mark of respect for the Suffragettes of the time. My curly hair won’t be subdued into this hairdo though!

Whisper Pardy and Great Grandma

 

 

 

 

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Purples, Lemon Buns and ‘Woodniche’

1     The purples of the Clematis and the Verbena Bonariensis are very lovely together.

Clematis and Verbena Bonariensis

Clematis and Verbena Bonariensis

2   Today I have baked some Lemon Buns with pink tops to sell to raise money for the re-purposing of the Peace Pieces some of us have knitted. They will be 50p each and each bun will then raise the money to send a baby blanket to the premature baby unit in Ethiopia. To see more of what we have done for Wool Against Weapons put Wool against weapons in my Search box on the right and you’ll get all the posts at once!

Each Bun Bought will send a Blanket to a Baby

Each Bun Bought will send a Blanket to a Baby

3   I can’t show you the whole of this lovely, lovely poem celebrating Summer, “Woodniche” by the Irish poet, Aidan Carl Mathews, but you could look it up. I found it in my volume Poem for the Day for this day. I love the whole poem but it’s the last few lines that particularly delight me. I wouldn’t be the adult!

Summer was wealthy with a daze of suntraps,
Daffodil spitting, sumptuous. Everywhere
Ours for the taking. Whoever has said
It is time to go home is an adult”

 

 

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Knitting, Sailing and Sunshine

1    What a cracker of a day this has been!  After an early trip to the osteopath, off to singing with The Suitcase Singers where five more wonderful knitters had their pieces finished for me to join to the growing Peace scarf, our contribution to Wool Against Weapons’ 7 mile scarf. I sang and joined and finished just in time for the last song, the very moving ‘Oxygen’, written by our wonderful leader, Claire Ingleheart, to honour our Suffragette sisters. It is 101 years ago today that the first Cornish contingent set off walking from Lands End to London to demand the vote for women. See this post for last year’s event.

The Suitcase Singers surrounded by our 21 pieces

The Suitcase Singers surrounded by our 21 pieces

Our knitting went around more than once

Our knitting went around more than once

More pieces

More pieces

Our roll of pieces

Our roll of pieces by the Penryn River

2    After that rousing and exhilarating sing, I met the lovely Mr S and we went off for the final three hours of our sailing course and at the end of a truly gruelling session, we have both passed our RYA2! No photos! Too busy!

3   This evening I have laid out our 21 pieces in the evening sunshine in our garden and rolled it all up ready to be collected and taken to Stroud tomorrow. I have marked the end and the beginning with Purple, White and Green ribbons to further honour our Suffraggette sisters with the inscription – “Knit, Natter and Sing Redruth, Cornwall”  Hopefully they will help us to identify our bits of the scarf in photos from 9th August when the seven miles of knitting will be spread out from Aldermaston to Burghfield.

21 pieces all over the garden

21 pieces all over the garden

Re-rolled and Suffragette colours attached

Re-rolled and Suffragette colours attached

 

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Alstroemeria, Robin, Clouds and Knitting

1   The tiger stripes in the Alstroemeria are beautiful.

Alstromeria

Alstroemeria

Our friendly garden Robin posed on our sculpture of a Fledgling tonight. He’s often there but I can rarely catch him on camera.

Robin on our Fledgling sculpture

Robin on our Fledgling sculpture

The clouds were a pretty formation that I haven’t seen before. I hope they mean that today’s glorious weather is set to continue!

Pretty clouds

Pretty clouds

After her bath tonight, Grandbaby B discovered our yards of Knitting for Wool Against Weapons and she had a ball playing with one length, hiding and laughing and playing Peekaboo! Such simple and infectious happiness.

You knitted all this for me, right, Granny and Grandma?

You knitted all this for me, right, Granny and Grandma?

I'm in here!

I’m in here!

Bet you don't know where I am!

Bet you don’t know where I am!

This post is for the other Grandparents in honour of their Sapphire Wedding Anniversary! Happy Days!

P.S. My lovely readers have now visited my Blog over 100,000 times! Thank you all. It is so lovely to have visitors from all over the world.

 

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Peace, Allotments and New Potatoes

1   This morning I arranged all the knitting we have done so far for Wool Against Weapons, into a big Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament logo in the front garden. We still have more pieces to add so the final one will be even bigger and better!

CND logo in pink wool

CND logo in pink wool

2   I visited our neighbour and her sister at their patch at the local allotments this afternoon. There is a lovely Welcome sign and theirs must be the best Garden Shed in the business!

Welcome to Plot 7

Welcome to Plot 7

The best garden shed ever

The best garden shed ever

3   Later, S brought us some newly dug potatoes which were just delicious and tasted like potatoes used to taste when we were little!

 

 

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