Friday, 20 July 2018

Day Two Hundred

Very proud of myself! I've reached the two-hundredth day of my daily blog, without missing any days. For the previous 199 days see

Will I be able to keep it up till next New Year's Day? No photos today. Housework is not very picturesque.

Dew Cansves Dedh

De Gwener, ügensves mis Gorefan.
Friday, 20th July.
Thera nei o còrtos rag agan mab dhe omweles wara nei. Soweth! Na ell ev doas avorow. Ma pestik dhodho – ha dh’y wreg ha dhe’n gevellyon ewedh. Martesen anjei a wra doas de Sül po de Lün. Ma esperans dhebm.
We are waiting for our son to visit us. Oh dear! He can’t come tomorrow. He has a bug – and so do his wife and the twins. Perhaps they will come on Sunday or Monday. I hope.
Thera dhen gwisgdy spar. Nebonan a’n kemeras dhe ves. E veu ahoson rag arrayans nowydh et o chombour. Nei a wrüg movya gwisgdy aral, üdn cofer neythow, üdn bord gen gweder mires, diw guben vian, üdn kist lednow, üdn chayr ha teyr styllen levrow (gen lies lever). Nei a gavas podn – meur a bodn – mar veur a bodn! Nag eus whans dhebm dhe waya mebel moy rag termyn pur hir.
We had a spare wardrobe. Somebody took it away. There was an opportunity for a new arrangement in my bedroom. We moved another wardrobe, a chest-of-drawers, a (dressing) table with a mirror, two small lockers, one blanket box, one chair and three bookshelves (with many books). We found dust – lots of dust – so much dust! I do not want to move any more furniture for a very long time.

Monday, 25 June 2018

A Year of Late Cornish Day 176

An Cansves Dedh Whetek ha Trei Ügens

De Meurth, wheffes warn ügens mis Efan. 
Tuesday, 26th June. 

Ma a dhallathas o blog an nessa dedh a vis Genver. Ha lebmyn ew an wheffes dedh warn ügens a vis Efan.
Qwarter òja pemp ha me a veu difünys mes a dhornow gen omweler e’n lowarth. Kei agan kentrevoges a venja gwary gen kei nei. Ma tol en ke kevys ganjo (tol gwres gen dorgy). Ma termyn lowr dhe dhebry dijunih còsel ha parüjy rag Cresen Lowarth Chacewater. Ma disqwedhyans art ena – ha me a wra cowsel adro dhe’n pycturs en Kernôwek.   
I started my blog on the second day of January. And now it is the twenty-sixth day of June. 
Quarter past five and I was woken unexpectedly by a visitor in the garden. Our neighbour’s dog wanted to play with our dog. It has found a hole in a hedge (a hole made by a badger). There’s enough time to eat a leisurely breakfast and get ready for Chacewater Garden Centre. There’s an art exhibition there – and I’m going to talk about the pictures in Cornish.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

new story plus audio

There is a new story called "War Droos!" (On Foot!) on Neil's blog. It is accompanied by a sound recording of him reading it. Listen to what it should sound like.

Friday, 6 April 2018

A Year of Late Cornish Day 95

An Pemdhegves Dedh ha Pajar Ügens

De Gwener, wheffes mis Ebrel. Bledhen Nowydh lowen dhe whei! Rag fra? Nag ew Calan Genver. An kensa dedh ew an vledhen arhanjek Ruvaneth Ûnys. Praga na wrüg hei dalla en Genver pecar’a Europ? Story completh ew.
Friday, 6th April. Happy New Year to you! Why? It’s not the first day of January. It’s the first day of the United Kingdom financial year. Why didn’t it start in January like Europe? It’s a complicated story.

En mil pemp cans pajar ügens ha dew Europ a dreylyas dhort calender Julian (gelwys warlergh Cesar Julius) dhe galender Gregorian (gelwys warlergh Pap Gregory XIII) warlergh arhadow Gregory y honan. Bes na venja Metêrn Henry VIII gwil endella.
In 1582 Europe changed from the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar) to the Gregorian calendar (named after Pope Gregory XIII) on the orders of Gregory himself. But King Henry VIII didn’t want to do that.

Dres an nessa cans bledhen deg ha trei ügens tho Englond deg dedh po üdnek adherag Europ. Nena en mil seyth cans dewdhek ha dowgens Englond a dreylyas ewedh, Mis Gwedngala a gollas üdnek dedh. Na veu genys üdn flogh veth tredh an nessa ha’n peswardhegves mis Gwedngala. Na veu bes trei cans dedh peswardhek ha dogens e’n vledhen na.
Through the next 170 years England was 10 or 11 days ahead of Europe. Then in 1752 England changed as well. September lost 11 days. Not a single child was born between 2nd and 14th September. There were only 354 days in that year.

Nag o an düs lowen! Thera fillel a üdnek dedh a ‘ga bêwnans. (Nebes a gollas aga fednow bloodh.) Ha’n “den toll” a venja whath bledhen leun a dollyow. Thera protestyanjow e’n stretys. The people were not happy. They were missing 11 days of their life. (Some missed their birthdays.) And the “tax man” still wanted a full year of taxes. There were protests in the streets.

En termyn eus passyes Englond a wrüg ûsya pajar dedh qwarter rag cuntel ha pe gòbrow ha kendonow. An kensa, Degol Maria Mis Meurth, o “Bledhen Nowydh” goth. Bes na venja an düs pe aga dollyow an pajer warn ügens mis Meurth. Rag hedna, an Governans a ros üdnek dedh moy. Na veu res dhodhans pe terebo pempes Ebrel. Ha hedna ew an reson rag dalla agan bledhen arhanjek.  
In past times England used 4 quarter days for collecting and paying wages and debts. The first, Lady Day, was the old “New Year”. But the people didn’t want to pay their taxes on 24th March. Therefore, the Government gave 11 more days. They didn’t have to pay till 5th April. And that is the reason for the start of our financial year.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

A Year of Late Cornish Day 89

An Nawas Dedh ha Pajar Ügens

De Sadorn, an üdndegves warn ügens mis Meurth. De Sadorn Pask ew ha’n dedh diwettha a vis Meurth. Hanath e vedh loor leun. Hei a wra sevel hanter òja seyth (ar glogh). Thew hei an nessa loor leun en mis Meurth – henwys ew hedna “loor las”. Na vedh loor las aral bys dhe vis Hedra 2020.
Saturday, 31st March. It is Easter Saturday and the last day of March. Tonight there will be a full moon. It will rise at half past seven (o’clock). It is the second full moon in March – that’s called a “blue moon”. There will not be another blue moon till October 2020.
Loor leun dhe les ew ewedh drefen boas òja an kehesnos gwenton. Henwys ew hei “an loor sugen”. En termyn eus passyes tho an kehesnos gwenton ha’n nessa loor leun sans dhe’n dhüwes Saxon Ostara po Eostre. Düwes o hei an arvester ha tevyans nowydh. Cristyons Sowsnek a gawas devnydh  a’n hanow rag “Easter”, degol o merkya dassòrrans (dasserghyans) Crist. Ma Kernowegoryon o ûsya an hanow “Pask” dhort an ger en Latin “pascha”.
It’s a significant full moon as well because it is after the spring equinox. It’s called the “sap moon”. In past times the spring equinox and the next full moon were sacred to the Saxon goddess Ostara or Eostre . She was the goddess of fertility and new growth. English Christians borrowed the name for “Easter”, the festival marking the resurrection of Christ. Cornish speakers use the name “Pask” from the Latin word “pascha”.
An arwodhyow Ostara ew an skovarnek (best gen scovarnow hir) ha oyow. Da ew gen flehes whilas oyow (chocolat) o cüdhys gen Skovarnek (po Cònin) Pask.
The symbols of Ostara are the hare (an animal with long ears) and eggs. Children like to look for eggs (chocolate) hidden by Easter Hare (or Rabbit).

Thursday, 22 March 2018

A Year of Late Cornish Day 80

An Pajarügensves Dedh

De Yow, an nessa dedh warn ügens a vis Meurth ha tryja dedh an gwenton. En dohajedh me a vetyas gen nebes cowethesow en bosty en Truru rag dew our a dhelinyans ha lymnans. Me a dhisqwedhas fatel gwil oy Pask afinys en gis Keltek. Calish lowr ew! Neb na wor clappya Kernowek a dhescas "Pask lowen".  Ottobma pajar oy tekhys a'n par na, gen pajar colon, üdn scovarnek gen scovarnow hir ha'n baner dû ha gwydn Perran. 
Thursday, the 22nd day of March and the third day of spring. In the afternoon I met with some friends in a café in Truro for two hours of drawing and painting. I demonstrated how to do a Celtic style decorated Easter egg. It’s quite difficult. Those that didn't know how to speak Cornish learnt "Happy Easter". Here are four decorated eggs of that sort, with four hearts, one hare with long ears and the black and white flag of St Piran.

Monday, 19 March 2018

A Year of Late Cornish Day 77

An Seytegves Dedh ha Trei ügens

De Lün ew, an nownjegves dedh a vis Meurth. Fatel ew an gewer hedhyw? Seyth ar glogh en mettin ew ha ergh a wra arta. Pana seson ew hebma? Thera vy o mires aves dhe’n veister ha me ell gweles gwav. Thera vy o mires orth o lever-dedhyow ha me ell redya nepeth deffrans.
It’s Monday, the 19th day of March. How’s the weather today? It’s 7 o’clock in the morning and it’s snowing again. What season is this? I look out of the window and I can see winter. I look at my calendar and I can read something different.

Calan Meurth ew an kensa dedh a gwenton keweroniethel. Thew an misyow gwenton mis Meurth, mis Ebrel ha mis Me.  Saw ma gwenton steroniethel o talla teyr seythen po nebes moy diwettha.  Ev a wra dalla avorow (en dohajedh), an keheja dedh ha nos. Hedhyw thew an nos hirra vel an jedh, òja avorow a vedh an nos cottha vel an jedh.
The first day of March was the first day of meteorological spring. The spring months are March, April and May. But astronomical spring starts about three weeks later. It will start tomorrow (in the afternoon), the equinox. Today the night is longer than the day, after tomorrow the night will be shorter than the day.