A request from Avaaz

By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish.

It’s shameful. Half of the plastic made we use just once and throw out, choking our seas and all the animals in it.

But in days, our governments can stem this tide when they meet at a historical summit to outline their clean ocean commitments. Public pressure just got #2 polluter Indonesia to commit to a 70% reduction in plastic waste! Now we need to go after the other top polluters.

If one million of us get behind a global call, the Head of the UN Environment Programme will announce our petition from the summit podium and work with us to push countries to ban single-use plastics and let our oceans breathe again. Add your name:

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/end_plastic_pollution_co2/?ttCHBeb&v=500317009&cl=12666259444&_checksum=eab9fb66fc410f576c183b8b84c4728cb7fa94705bd0cf5b31efcb353b03d1a7

No matter where we live, each breath we take connects us to our oceans. Most of our oxygen is generated by them. They regulate our climate and weather, turn water into clouds that give us rain. And oceans provide a home for near 80% of all living things on earth. We can’t live without our oceans.

But now, our oceans can’t live without us.

Humans have destroyed ocean health and we need to fix it. The good news is, more than half the plastic trash in our oceans come from just five nations. If we focus global attention on the biggest polluters now, we can create global system-change for plastic-free seas. What’s missing is the motivation — and that’s where we come in.

Let’s build a massive call on our governments to stop suffocating our oceans. Once we reach a million signers, Avaaz will launch targeted campaigns on the top polluters to ramp up the pressure for them to act.

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/end_plastic_pollution_co2/?ttCHBeb&v=500317009&cl=12666259444&_checksum=eab9fb66fc410f576c183b8b84c4728cb7fa94705bd0cf5b31efcb353b03d1a7

Our community has fought fiercely to protect magnificent rainforests and vast areas of our oceans. Now time is running out to kill plastic pollution before it kills us.

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cabin envy tearoom

If you are interested in all things recycled or up cycled then you will have heard about Baileys Home and Garden, the folks that strip everything back to the original plaster and floorboards and then leave it. They are now based in a farm, with lots of different buildings to play with and judging from their photographs they are less rough around the edges than they used to be. But the site includes an old tin tabernacle which are increasingly rare these days. This one homes a tearoom with the bare essentials, tables; chairs; tea and cakes.

Images from remodelista.com

It does remind me of our own tin tearooms up on Maker Heights which serve some of the best breakfasts and cakes so although I am envious of the Tin Tabernacle, and will hopefully spend some time there if I am near Ross on Wye anytime, I feel that my ‘tin’ cabin envy can be fed by the Maker Canteen here on the Rame peninsula.

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East Cornwall events in the Plymouth History Festival

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Andrew Butler https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony

I note that in the Plymouth History Festival that runs for the whole of May there are Open Days a stones throw from the Rame Peninsula. On May 17th both Mount Edgecombe House and Anthony House are opening their gardens for history and heritage talks and tours. Mount Edgecombe is open at 11.30-12.30 and Anthony is open 2.30-4pm, so it’s possible to make a day of it and do both events.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF THE EARL’S GARDEN
Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Cornwall PL10 1HZ
Wednesday 17 May, 11.30am-12.30pm
Discover all about the beautiful Earl’s Garden here at Mount Edgcumbe and what’s hidden away in all the nooks and crannies. Starting at 11.30am the talk will last approximately 1 hour.
£5 per person (includes entry to the House afterwards) / Advance booking essential via 01752 822236 or mt.edgcumbe@plymouth.gov.uk

GLORIOUS GARDEN TOUR
Antony House, Torpoint PL11 2QA
Wednesday 17 May, 2.30pm-4pm
Walk and talk with the Antony House garden team. This event includes the rare opportunity to view the Bath House.
Free but standard admission to the venue applies / No need to book / 01752 812191 / antony@nationaltrust.org.uk

On Sunday May 21st there’s a family day at Maker Heights, live music, activities, crafts and a Wild About Maker trail from camp site to the beach discovering the wildlife, flowers and fauna

MAKER FAMILY DAY
Maker Heights, Millbrook, Nr Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1LA
Sunday 21 May, 12.30pm-5.30pm
Join the Maker Memories team and staff from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery for a fun filled day of events, live music, crafts, activities and displays.  Share your memories of Maker Camp whilst reliving some of the fun activities that have taken place there over the years.  ‘Wild About Plymouth’ will also be there with fun natural history inspired activities (see event below) or you can learn to crochet with the Museum’s Traditional Craft Group. The day will have something for everyone. All ages welcome. Food and refreshments will be available.
Free / No need to book / Full programme and further details available at www.makermemories.org

WILD ABOUT MAKER
Meet at south end of Barrack Block, Maker Heights, Millbrook, Nr Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1LA
Sunday 21 May, 2pm – 4pm
Join staff from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth University for a Maker-inspired Wild About Plymouth event. Take a stroll from Maker Heights to the beach and back. Hunt for local bugs and wildlife and discover the amazing range of flowers and fauna. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a dolphin in Cawsand Bay.
Free / No need to book

My interest in the History Festival is partly because I am also involved. Last year I created an audio trail with my colleague Derek Frood. This trail is within an old Jewish Cemetery in Plymouth that was once someone’s garden and it is open every Sunday within the Festival. You can read about how we came to make it here.

OLD JEWISH CEMETERY AUDIO TRAIL
The Old Jewish Cemetery, Lambhay Hill, Plymouth PL1 2NP
Sunday 7, 14, 21 and 28 May and 4 June, 11am-4pm (last entry at 3pm)
Tours take place at quarter past, half past, quarter to and on the hour
Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door. With the aid of funding from Vital Sparks and Drakes Foundation, recorded with Stage Technical Services and hosted by the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, an audio trail has been created in the garden cemetery by Ruth Mitchell and Derek Frood, aka Ripple. It brings to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem. In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.
Bring your smart phone and headphones or use the MP3 players that will be available on the day. Please note: The Cemetery includes entry and exit steps with uneven terrain throughout and therefore is not suitable for those with limited mobility. For those unable to attend the Cemetery, an opportunity to hear the audio trail at the Synagogue Vestry is available on Tuesday 23 May.
Free / Donations very welcome / Booking essential due to limited spaces via 07753 267616 or phccaretaker@yahoo.co.uk

Over the next few months we will be researching cemeteries in Exeter and Falmouth and we hope to have a similar outcome in both places, again see here for more information and images of Falmouth’s old Jewish and Dissenter’s graveyard. We will be sharing all our updates on this site.

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May Festivals

May day is always celebrated in Cornwall and celebrations kick off in the east of the county on April 29th in Saltash with their May Day celebrations www.facebook.com/SaltashMayFair.

Followed on the first of May, on the other side of the county, with the Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss day where the streets are full of flags and flowers and the two ‘osses red and blue parade around the town. padstowobbyoss.wordpress.com

On the same day, in our neck of the woods we have the Black Prince Flower Boat procession which travels throughout the day to the villages of Millbrook, Kingsand and Cawsand on the Rame Peninsula. This parade includes Town Criers as well as music and Morris dancing.

On May 6th there’s Helston Flora Day where celebrations start at 7 am. This is an age old famous day (medieval in fact) and is where the Floral Dance tune originated in 1911.

Starting on the 6th for a week is the big festival of the month Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, once known as all things Daphne Du Maurier it now has many writers marketing their latest books with lots of other events including walks and boat trips.

 

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Cabin envy view

Just take in the views from these chalets from Cabin Porn

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 Lucca Varenna

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Yasmina Volet

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John Pepper

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Beatle art

So on Plymouth Hoe there is an unusual artwork that for many coming across it would need some explanation. 50 years ago this year the Beatles were in Plymouth whilst they were making their Magical Mystery Tour and they posed for a photograph on the Plymouth seafront.

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This photograph by David Redfern has become quite iconic for the city and now you can sit in the very same spot with your friends and re create the picture. The copper moulds are made by Cornish company Thrussells and there’s a hashtag #beatlebums for those who want to share their recreated pics on social media.

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Sunsets

Spring has finally sprung and we are starting to get the lingering sunsets that will hopefully carry on right through the summer. Plus the gorse is out on the cliffs and the daffodils are blooming in the fields around the Anthony estate and everything has a sunny glow to it. On the allotment I picked some rhubarb to thin out the growth and I chopped a couple of stalks up into a jar with some sugar and vodka. I will only keep this for a month or six weeks and then siphon off. It creates a wonderful fruit liqueur pale pink in colour and, with tonic, makes a lovely drink that can be sipped while appreciating the sunsets on the chalet deck.

 

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