Scarecrow Kindness

It’s probably fair to say that England’s second lockdown is missing the same national community spirit as the first one… but I’ve personally been totally bowled over by the kindness I’ve experienced in my own local village here in Cornwall. And I’m sure many of you have too.

As a recent newcomer to the area at the time, I recall discovering this straw supping scarecrow through my car window during our first lockdown in April. Back then, all the villagers were behind closed doors so only their scarecrows gave me a glimpse into who they really were. I absolutely LOVED this one – because it made me laugh on a day I very much needed to laugh.

I remember resolving to one day meet the villager who was actually behind that quirky creative genius. And, now, 6 months on in the middle of our second lockdown…I finally have! Through an unexpectedly beautiful coincidence.

I’d put out a request recently on the village Facebook group asking for the best place to buy wood for delivery for my open fire. Within minutes, I’d been contacted by someone offering me 4 bags of logs – for FREE.

When I went to pick them up, lo and behold, I realised it was the same house where that tipsy rainbow knitting scarecrow had first made me giggle. And, here I was finally getting to meet its creator who was now busily chatting and filling my car up to the brim with his logs.

When I confessed I’d always wanted to meet him, he told me he’d also wanted to meet me too! I was obviously confused. It transpires he and his wife had been enjoying the photos of my view that I’d been sharing with the village during both lockdowns. And, he said, that’s what had prompted him to wish to contact me in the first place.

I so love the fact that two strangers had somehow ended up warming each other’s hearts – without even knowing it. A delightful reminder from a scarecrow that during this crisis the flame of kindness can keep our home fires burning… ?

By Debbie Geraghty

Hailing from Scotland and now living in Cornwall, UK. A window gazing lover of river and clouds. A visual storyteller and wondering wanderer who tries to live deeply - but lightly.

2 replies on “Scarecrow Kindness”

I have been seeing your posts for awhile now & love your photos & writing! Today, Jan 17/21, I saw your post of the Beautiful glass mosaic floral sphere at a National Trust locale. I am hoping you could tell me exactly where it is located as my husband & I will eventually travel back to Cornwall to visit his family. I’ve been working on a list of places we’d like to visit & this is definitely one of them. Thank you & take care ?

Hi Deborah, thank you for your gorgeous, kind message. That beautiful floral sphere by artist Sue Smith is currently based at Cotehele House National Trust just 15 mins into Cornwall. They seem to have lots of interesting works of art around their grounds. It’s also a lovely place to walk in the gardens and you can walk from there along to the cute little village of Calstock too which seems to be a very artistic little enclave. It has a beautiful railway viaduct over the river which you may have seen in some of my previous posts as I often visit there. Good luck with planning your trip. Something to look forward to for sure! Warm wishes, Debbie

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