Some Resources to Help While away the Time!

Even though we can’t get out to meetings, talks, museums or theatres at the moment, there are lots of things going on to keep us all occupied, without ever leaving the comfort of our own homes. I know not all members have access to the internet, but for those who do, here are some suggestions:

CFWI is running weekly events as part of our Connect Cornwall initiative. These are free weekly online sessions on a variety of subjects.

  • The next one up is pilates with Kernow Pilates at 11am on Thursday 28 May via Zoom. This will be a gentle, energising 45-minute session, suitable for all levels. 
  • The following week, we’ll be singing along with EmmaMansfield as part of a ‘Couch Choir’ session on 4th June at 3pm.
  • If you follow CFWI’s Facebook page, you’ll get updates and reminders about all of our upcoming Connect Cornwall events.

Since none of us can get to DENMAN at the moment, why not take advantage of some of the wonderful free events put on by ‘Denman at Home’?

  • On Wednesday 27th May at 1pm, bake along with Kelly from Denman’s Cookery School as she demonstrates Low Sugar Baking. Once you register (click here), you’ll be sent a list of ingredients needed.
  • On Wednesday 27th May at 6pm, tutor Simon will be giving a lecture about the history of London, from Roman times until today. You’ll need to register for a space here.
  • Follow the Denman Facebook page for updates about more events.

Don’t forget to check the MyWI section of the NFWI website for craft and cookery tutorials and videos! This month, there are eco-friendly beeswax bags, seed pellets, a macrame wall hanging, fitted face masks, the menu of the month (which includes a delicious looking butternut squash, sage and stilton galette), as well as store cupboard recipes.

If ART is your thing, what about these:

  • The Royal Academy has made available a beautiful film, ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’, examining the role gardens have played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
  • Tour The British Museum’s Galleries, from their extensive Prints and Drawings collection to Old Masters such as Dürer and Michelangelo or new and exciting contemporary pieces.
  • Lucy Chiswell, the Dorset Curatorial Fellow for Paintings 1600-1800 (National Gallery), explores a day in the countryside through paintings by Rubens, Constable and Corot (on YouTube).

If you’re missing live THEATRE, try these on for size:

  • The Globe Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ series give us all the chance to watch some fabulous Shakespearean performances.
  • The Royal Opera House is offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts as part of their #OurHousetoYourHouse series.
  • Cornwall’s own Miracle Theatre is holding Miracle Mondays with a series of free plays to view on YouTube.

And a few OTHERS:

  • If you’re looking to de-stress and unwind, try listening to these beautifully recorded sounds of the Cornish coast, courtesy of Audio Moves digital projects.
  • For all of who are housebound and can’t get out to see this season’s beautiful bluebells, the National Trust has put together this lovely virtual tour of some of the country’s finest bluebell woods.
  • Go for a virtual tour of Carn Euny (near Penzance). Carn Euny is one of England’s preserved ancient villages. Inhabited between about 400 BC – AD 400, the village was active through the Iron Age up until the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.
  • The Natural History Museum is offering a range of virtual tours, including a tour with Sir David Attenborough, botanical illustrations and a study of Dippy’s skull!
  • If you don’t think you’re active enough, try some online ballet exercises and classes for over-50s and beginners with Ballet Based Movement.
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