Cornwall Composer sue Aston August diary

The heady days of summer continue, but the extremes of the Cornish weather are something I find dramatic and thrilling!

The weather can be more variable near the coast, some days I have awoken to what appears to be a dark, November day. Thick fog had wrapped itself around the landscape – cars crawled along with their headlights on, and winter boots made a premature return! The following day, the sun had burned off the mist, and the sun was beating down on the crowds of grateful holiday makers! Never a dull moment, and I find these changes so inspiring!

It has been a month of many varied music performances, ranging from performing with Dan on his wonderful songs on stage at the Goldsithney Charter Fair. The heavens opened mid performance, but we battled on, as the faithful audience took shelter under their raincoats!

The next performance was a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ themed concert, with Classical strings, where we performed to over 80 people in the grounds of an artisan bakery as they enjoyed a candlelit three course dinner. The singing and waving of union flags at the end was very rousing!

As we are luck enough to live in a holiday destination, it’s important to make the most of this and schedule in some time off to enjoy a walk by the sea. The colourful boats and general bustle of working harbours is a wonderful thing to witness, and taking time out to observe the goings on at Newlyn harbour (where I composed ‘Sketches of Newlyn’) and Mevagissey, is both enjoyable and restful.

Shades of autumn are coming in to play, and I love the gorgeous sunsets which appear gradually earlier each night – a promise of the next season to come. Blackberries adorn the hedgerows, and the striking pinks and purples of heather amass the wild moorland. One of life’s greatest joys, for me, is the transition from one season to the next. In nature, there is always so much to look forward to!



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