Monday, 17 July 2017
Unlike the past few years, Lafrowda Day this year was cool, misty with some rain. Still there was the music and the processions which made it all very lively still. I'm so fond of this festival as it's local to me and I love the creativity and community spirit that goes into it. This year for the second time I danced with Sundance in Dreckly Come Dancing at the start of the Lafrowda fortnight and once again loved the easy-going, friendly atmosphere there which made it all so enjoyable, despite the performance nerves. I really feel that there is something completely unique, idiosyncratic and wonderfully Cornish about Lafrowda and hope it continues long into the future.
Monday, 10 April 2017
Particularly this year . . .Gorse in West Cornwall started to bloom over a month ago - and what a display it's been since. When I used to commute to work on the bus in the grey, damp mist when all around me was dull and colourless, what really stood out was the gorse - bright yellow in the grey. A really cheering plant despite the prickles. And the stems and branches have quite weird and wonderful textures and shapes. I feel that this is a much underrated plant. For the brave among us there's also the possibility of gorse wine although I've never tasted it. So here's to gorse!