Powsowdie

Welcome to Powsowdie. Powsowdie is an in-person and online themed reminiscence project, with food and music. We have a different theme each month. During lockdown we’ve been taking boxes to people’s homes filled with food, goodies and a CD. You can listen to the podcast below. You can also read letters from the group, view pictures and download text and lyrics. Please click a month below to go to that month.

May: Change

April: Spring

March: The Weather

February: Love

December: Christmas

November: Home and Hearth

October: Friends

September: Journeys

August: Birds and Butterflies

July: Pastimes and Hobbies

June: Childhood

May: The Blossom Tree

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May. Change

Hello Powsowdie friends! Welcome to this months theme of Change. We have poems, songs, a bassoon piece, a relaxation and a couple of stories from people on the theme of spring. So please pop the kettle on, make a cuppa, get comfy and have a listen to the track below. Feel free to join in, in any way at all: dance, sing, sway and la along! There is a PDF document you can click on below for all the text and lyrics and there are photos below relating to the theme.

Powsowdie Times are a changing

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April. Spring

Hello Powsowdie friends! Welcome to this months theme of Spring. We have all sorts of bits and bobs for you: poems, songs, stories and a short relaxation to the sound of Spring birds. So please pop the kettle on, make a cuppa, get comfy and have a listen to the track below. Feel free to join in, in any way at all: dance, sing, sway and la along! There is a PDF document you can click on below for all the text and lyrics or you can keep scrolling down as the tracks plays to read them on screen. There are photos below relating to the theme.

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March. The Weather

Hello Powsowdie folk and friends! Welcome to this months theme of The Weather. We have all sorts of bits and bobs for you: poems, sayings, songs, stories and a short relaxation to the sound of the rain. So please pop the kettle on, make a cuppa, get comfy and have a listen to the track below. Feel free to join in, in any way at all: dance, sing, sway and la along! There is a PDF document you can click on below for all the text and lyrics or you can keep scrolling down as the tracks plays to read them on screen. There are photos below relating to the theme. I’ve also added a PDF document of the letters on the theme of Things we Love from last month, click on it and have a read.

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February. Love

Hello Powsowdie folk and friends, I hope you are all keeping well. This months theme is Love, love of tea, people, dogs, trees and bright copper kettles! We have songs, poems and a meditation. So please pop the kettle on, make a nice cup of tea and get comfy. The soundtrack, poems, lyrics and photos are below (there are some photos at the top but if you scroll all the way down there are lots more) there is also a downloadable PDF document you can view on your computer or device or print off them off if you want them in your hand. Please feel free to join in, sing along or dance!

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December. Christmas
 

Hello Powsowdie folk, I hope you are all very well. This month our theme is Christmas! We have carols, poems, limericks, stories, bassoon pieces and a meditation. So please pop the kettle on, get comfy and enjoy the track below. Do sing along if you like! there is a PDF with all the carols, poems and stories if you want to download it and print it out, or they are below so you can scroll through as you listen. I’ve added a selection of Christmas themed pictures too. Merry Jingle Bells!

 

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November. Home and Hearth

Hello Powsowdie people, I hope you are all well, here we are again and this month is all about the Home and Hearth. We have songs, poems, stories, superstitions and a short meditation to the sound of crackling fire. So pop the kettle on, grab a cuppa and click on the track below. All the poems and lyrics are below if you want to join in with the singing or read along. There are photos relating to the Home and Hearth.

Poems and lyrics sheetDownload

Here are last months letters on the theme of friendship.

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October

Friends

Hello Powsowdie folk! I hope you are all doing okay in lockdown, it is lasting a long time isn’t it but we have a lovely box full of goodies and a soundtrack on the theme of friendship for you. So please do pop the kettle on, grab a cup of tea and enjoy! The track is below and the text and lyrics are also there if you want to read and sing along.

Here are the letters sent in from the group on last months theme of journeys. I have also added 3 stories to the soundtrack below.

Here is a link to a downloadable PDF of the poems and songs.

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September

 

Journeys 

Hello Powsowdie folk! I hope you are all well. This month our theme is Journeys. We have poems, songs, a bassoon piece and a reminiscence about birds and butterflies. We will be travelling over land, sea and to outer space! So please grab a cup of tea, pull up a chair and enjoy.

Here is a 27 minute track of the poems, songs and bassoon piece. If you like, you can click play and then scroll down to read the poems and lyrics as you go.

 

 

 

Reminisces: Birds and Butterflies
As a child growing up in a rural village in the Leeds area during the 1950’s, I have several recollections concerning birds and butterflies.These include:Visiting Leeds City Museum to gaze at the stuffed exotic birds in glass bell cases or in tableaux reflecting their natural habitat.The butterflies were located in all their myriad glory within the polished mahogany cabinets containing numerous drawers, each drawer when opened a wonder to behold.I still have to this day, a Victorian bell shaped glass vase containing circa a dozen exotic stuffed birds, which was given to me by a friend of the family when I was eight years old!Vivid memories of nature walks with my mother( born in Ambleside and well versed in country matters).She would point out the flora and fauna and identify the various birds and butterflies we might see on our walks down country lanes. The sun always shone or it seemed to.Strong memories of the sky filling up with flocks of starlings and crows, plus rooks perched in their precarious nests at the top of tall trees.Occasional sighting of kingfishers, which had added significance in that the family engineering business founded by my great grandfather in the 1860’s in Leeds was called KingfishersIt is still a family business to this day and I have same first name as my great grandad, namely Greevz.As children in the house that we grew up in, we were surrounded by several carvings and illustrations of kingfishers.I hope these reminisces may have a resonance for others as well.To have had a rural upbringing in the 1950’s was now with the benefit of hindsight, a very special and privileged opportunity and one I reflect on with a great deal of happiness. Greevz Fisher

Ps Photo of the glass bell case of birds and a silver ashtray with the kingfisher emblem.

August

Birds and Butterflies 

Hello Powsowdie  folk! This month we are inspired by birds and butterflies. We have poems, songs, bassoon pieces, a meditation and a story from last months reminiscences. So pop the kettle on, grab a cup of tea, put your CD on and enjoy exploring your box.

Here is a 30 minute soundtrack of the poems, songs, bassoon pieces, meditation and a reminiscence story from last month.

Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it , the more it will evade you, but if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.

Here are some of our reminiscence letters on last months theme of pastimes and hobbies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July

Pastimes and hobbies

Hello Powsowdie folk! This month we are exploring pastimes and hobbies. We have all sorts of things for you: poems, songs, bassoon pieces, a mediation and a reminiscence letter from last month. That’s just the CD and soundtrack, your box is also full of things!

Here is a 30 minute track of me presenting each bit in a very relaxed way, so get the kettle on, relax in a chair and explore your box.

 

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Greevz’s childhood story

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June

Childhood

This month we are hand delivering boxes to the group. Each box contains a variety of things relating to childhood. I have also created a CD that the group may listen to whilst exploring their box.

Here are the contents of the box.

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As I sat and thought about the theme of childhood, I noticed the shadow from a dangling-chime in my back garden. I thought the shadow looked like a child skipping down the road in a carefree way. IMG_5680

Here are the 6 tracks.

Introduction

Poems

Songs

Bassoon

Meditation

Goodbye

A meditation film of the garden

Poems

 

 

Some photos of Cumbria that may bring back happy memories.

May

The Blossom Tree

I’d like to share this photo of the blossom tree in my neighbours garden. Each year I wait for the blossom and love the moment it blooms. It always surprises me how quickly it loses its bloom and so I wrote a little song to capture that feeling. I also found a poem by Robert Burns called O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair about a man who loves a purple blossom so much that he wishes he were a bird sheltering under it and then he imagines becoming a dew drop resting on a rose petal, only to be extinguished by Phoebus’ light! (Greek god of light; god of prophecy and poetry and music and healing).  

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As sure, as sure as, sure can be,

The pink blooms fill the blossom tree,

Against the sky they bright the day,

and lift the heart and soul away.

As sure as sure the blossoms come,

And then a week the  blossoms go,

As blossom blow from branch to ground,

Like pink confetti all around.

The blossoms gone, the blossoms gone,

Until next year you bloom again,

Thank you blossom tree my friend.

By Luke Crookes.

Here is a recording of the song 

Click here to download

 

O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair

O were my love yon Lilac fair, 
Wi’ purple blossoms to the Spring, 
And I, a bird to shelter there, 
When wearied on my little wing! 
How I wad mourn when it was torn 
By Autumn wild, and Winter rude! 
But I wad sing on wanton wing, 
When youthfu’ May its bloom renew’d. 

O if my love were yon red rose, 
That grows upon the castle wa’; 
And I myself a drap o’ dew, 
Into her bonie breast to fa’! 
O there, beyond expression blest, 
I’d feast on beauty a’ the night; 
Seal’d on her silk-saft faulds to rest, 
Till fley’d awa by Phoebus’ light!

Robert Burns.

Here is a recording of the poem

Click here to download

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Meditation

Here is a recording of meditational sounds that you may want to listen to with your eyes closed. 

Two minute breath meditation

Click here to download

Since sharing this page people have got in touch with links to trees and blossom. I’ll put the links below. 

Paintings of dew drops
An artist friend, Marc Woodhead, listened to the poem and gave me a link to dew drops in art. 

Many, many Dutch still life paintings have drops of dew on the leaves . . . (Tip for viewing. Try the + zoom feature to see the detail of the drops on the petals) click the link below. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/jan-van-huysum-glass-vase-with-flowers-with-a-poppy-and-a-finch-nest.

If you feel inspired by something why not write  your own little ditty, I’ve certainly enjoyed connecting with the tree in my garden, a tree I always quietly notice but it’s just nice to take a longer moment. Do send any pictures, poems or songs but there’s no pressure to do so. 


Vincent van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo about the blossoms in Arles . . .

 

 

 

 



Musician James Larcombe sent this link.

George Butterworth set the A. E. Housman poem about cherry blossom. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQeiLNSwekw

 

Please take a look at our film of last years sessions.


The meaning of Powsowdie:
Powsowdie is a Scottish sheep’s-head broth or soup. Traditional preparation of the soup includes sheep’s trotters as an ingredient. Dried peas and barley can also be used as additional ingredients. Powsowdie has been described as a speciality dish in Edinburgh, Scotland.