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The Parisian Tiger Who Came to Tea

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This striking mural in Paris’ Le Marais district, brought back fond memories of Judith Kerr’s perennially-popular The Tiger Who Came To Tea; I loved reading it out loud to my daughter.

aDSC01064 “Excuse me but I’m very hungry. Do you think I could eat tea with you?”

aDSC07262 “And the tiger drank all the milk in the milk jug and all the tea in the tea pot”

aDSC07261 “Thank you for my nice tea. I think I’d better go now”

Linked to Monday Mural and Mandarin Orange Monday.

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Maps & Memories

Fabulous use of maps!

Kevewya Kernow

Over the last couple of weeks we have constructed two wooden tables and covered them with OS maps from the 1980′s. It was quite a squeeze but Cornwall just about fits!


These maps are fascinating… surely everyone likes a looking at maps?! On a map you can find places where you may have lived, eaten, worked, visited, danced, sung, played, surfed, climbed, walked, sat and celebrated. Some places have particular memories and emotions attached to them, for example where you got engaged, your first home, or a favourite spot to while away time. These places also contain buildings, landmarks and people which are special to us.

The Institute of Cornish Studies new project “Kevenwya Kernow,‘ will be asking people to help us document some of these people and places, adding these to the large map tables as we go. This blog will share some of the stories that accompany the people and places…

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Calling Cards Azores Style

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The beautiful Azores lie around 1,360 km west of Portugal, 1,510 km northwest of Morocco, and 1,925 km southeast of Newfoundland.  It’s a few years now since I visited, but their stunning beauty (and highly changeable weather) remain etched in my memory.

As do these gorgeous murals in Horta.
Many famous yachting names, such as Joshua Slocum and Sir Francis Chichester have anchored their boats here and it is also a port of call for international regattas. 


No one seems to know exactly when or why this decorative tradition started, but at some point a sailor visitor to Horta decided to leave behind a reminder of their trip in picture form on the dock wall.

Over the years, many more such paintings followed, so that soon the whole wall was covered and now new paintings cover old ones.  Studying the images and trip details makes a pleasant way to while away your time as you wander around the harbour here.

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