A bit of a combo post today … as I’m busy with something else that demands a lot of attention (nothing serious) … I’ll be back to comment at the weekend, but won’t be around til then … just so you know I haven’t disappeared off the Cornish or blog planet!
|These postcards are available, once in Cornwall!|
However my thoughts ventured along my A-Z postings and I did cover most or at least sent you off to look further … always my intention to give prompts so you can chase your interests … anything I’ve missed give me a shout: just not too loud, please!
|The Minack Theatre looking across Porthcurno beach and bay|
Two things I never mentioned and one is very dear to my heart … The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno … a spectacular theatre hewn out of rock (now sadly somewhat modernised due to health and safety!) – the history and some older photos can be found here, including one of Rowena Cade resting in a wheelbarrow.
|At night and I gather it was raining!|
Rowena Cade (1893 – 1983) owned the land, offered the garden to a local village group of players in 1930. From those humble beginnings Rowena Cade and her gardeners literally ‘lugged sand, granite, wrecked timbers, up to the stage floor – the seating being created as time passed’ – thus the theatre was moulded.
… and one where I fall down on, but Cornwall most definitely does not … Music and Folk Festivals … choirs, brass and silver bands, folk nights down the pub … which is my major omission in the A-Z posts. Wiki has an entry ... which will lead out ... and you musicians will know where to go to look further.
|Chysauster Neolithic village with|
the Ding Dong Mine in the background
Ding Dong Mine song …. The White Crow Medicine Show - sung by Jerry Crow ... shows the mine and has some lovely music accompanying the song: worth listening to?! (only 4 minutes long).
Z for Zennor … surprisingly is a small village, with a population of 196 … St Ives round the corner so to speak has just over 11,000 residents. I don’t live in Cornwall … but my mother’s family were Cornish, and we are adopted Cornwall residents – often holidaying and visiting.
Books – I completely forgot The Mousehole Cat – I have written about the children’s book, based on the legend of a Cornish fisherman Tom Bawcockand the stargazy pie.
Smugglers Days and Smugglers Ways by Henry Shore (1892) – though this is a facsimile edition … and it’s relatively expensive. This is about Tresco and the Scilly Islands … with some great lore: I only found out about it yesterday.
Bob Scotney also mentioned a book on ‘Emperor Smith: The Man Who Built Scilly’ by Sam Llewellyn – the fascinating story of the early Duchy of Cornwall and Smith who leased the Scilly Isles from them in 1834.
Actually – it’s a book about the Duchy of Cornwall, Georgian England, Bentham, the school system, Ireland … he was a Georgian social experimenter in the Lunar Society tradition, fire in his belly and a glint in his eye, a believer in Benjamin Franklin’s maxim ‘that anger is a sinew of the soul, and he who wants it has a maimed mind’. His mission was not to gently steer institutions, but to tear up the old and install the radical new.
That book has my attention caught … you probably realised that.
A Mini-Guide to Cornish – a tiny booklet … not expensive … the reason I’m mentioning it – is that it gives a very succinct précis on encountering a strange language: which gives an idea of English evolving, pre-Aryan, pre-Celt, and the superimposition of these languages into our present day language. Very short and fascinating; with the bulk of its sixteen pages a word list.
|Join us and share a home-made pasty|
at the Minack Theatre
Reflections … similar to previous years:
- Love it
- Yes, lots of work
- Yes, lots of people to meet, greet and comment across to – I owe many: I will get to you all … apologies in the meantime.
Blogger v Wordpress …. It’s easy to overcome: sign in with the one you don’t use – it’s not compulsory to make use of the free sign up … but it does facilitate the challenge …
Google+ - positively a nightmare … I can’t find the blog, can’t find a link to the owner, and sometimes just have to walk away …
Disqus – another nightmare … but again I signed in and it’s usually ok …
Brilliant blogs around … many I know, new friends I’ve met …
Thank you to Arlee (Lee to me) for having the bright idea, and to Alex and all the hosts and minions for their continuing graft at keeping the show running.
Desperately sad to have lost Tina – but we’ve remembered her – some of you so thoughtfully as David Powers King did throughout the Challenge, with his daily dedication to Tina.
Length of posts – I know I don’t fall into the short slot (by any stretch of the imagination) ... but I feel deprived if I don’t write my usual way … especially as my subjects need more attention than a whizz past. I start shorter … then …………….
|St Mary's Church - a beacon on the headland that is|
Pen (headland) zance (holy).
The railway terminus us just behind us; this is Wharf Road
round the harbour before we turn on to the Prom
- Penzance's sea wall and frontage
I appreciate many of you who comment regardless of the length … and with whom I’ve become great blogging friends …
I will be over to comment and reply to all comments/bloggers I’ve missed during the Challenge – please just give me a week …
|Stem ginger and honey, or|
lightly spicy and oh so tasty
I take Benjamin Franklin’s maxim and just change it a little … as reference to those perceived negatives about the A-Z Challenge … accept the challenge, look on the other side of the Cornish stone wall … if you have a problem work through it and help all of us so you can fully participate.
Reflections – great … a wonderful achievement by so many, a learning curve for some, yet a huge plus in our lives that we are part of this wonderful group … I come across many blogs, where the author writes incredibly well, their content is fascinating … but there are no comments. Just count ourselves very fortunate …
Thanks to one and all … cheers and remember I won’t comment til the weekend …
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