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Viscountess Boudica Goes Cornish

May 20, 2014
by the gentle author

Boudica bakes a hot pasty in her Baby Belling

I am half-Cornish on my mother’s side, so – when Viscountess Boudica invited me over to Bethnal Green for a freshly-baked pasty yesterday – it was a summons I was unable to resist. Since the Cornish have been officially recognised as a national minority by the European Court of Human Rights recently and, given that they have no special feast day, Viscountess Boudica took it upon herself as a champion of minorities to celebrate their culture this week.

Never one to do anything by half, Viscountess Boudica answered the door dressed in the Cornish colours of black and white and then ushered me excitedly into her living room – where I have seen so many seasonal decorations through the past year – now festooned in Cornish flags and where even the television is black and white. In one corner, was Boudica’s home made tableau of Cornish pirates and, in another corner, her cheeky Cornish pixie.

“More than four hundred years ago, when my family got hoiked out of Ireland due to Queen Elizabeth and her troops, they fled to France and then lived in Cornwall before going to Kemble in Gloucestershire,” she revealed to me, “so this is a thankyou.” A proud advocate of all things Celtic, Boudica displayed her enamel lapel badge of crossed flags, illustrating the solidarity of Ireland and Cornwall.

“It’s a magical place and they still have druids there,” she assured me, speaking fondly as she served up the piping hot pasties, “the people are very friendly and they stand up for themselves – they are a proud race.” The sunshine streamed in the window as we enjoyed our steaming pasties and then Viscountess Boudica pulled out her Cornish dictionary, so I tactfully made my farewell and left her to her linguistic studies.

Boudica enjoys her Cornish pasty

“Yeghes da!”

Boudica with her badge of allegiance between the Irish and the Cornish

Boudica with her pirate tableau  – “the pirates are synonymous with Cornwall”

Boudica is one of thirteen thousand viewers who still have a black and white television licence – “A colour licence is £150 but black and white is only £50, so I save £100 a year!”

Boudica with her Cornish pixie – ” I got him from a car-boot sale for 50p, he called out to me and I just had to have him.”

“Nyns yw unn tavas nevra lowr!”

Be sure to follow Viscountess Boudica’s blog There’s More To Life Than Heaven & Earth

Take a look at

Viscountess Boudica’s Domestic Appliances

Viscountess Boudica’s Blog

Viscountess Boudica’s Album

Viscountess Boudica’s Halloween

Viscountess Boudica’s Christmas

Viscountess Boudica’s Valentine’s Day

Viscountess Boudica’s St Patrick’s Day

Viscountess Boudica’s Easter

Read my original profile of Mark Petty, Trendsetter

and take a look at Mark Petty’s Multicoloured Coats

Mark Petty’s New Outfits

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. May 20, 2014

    She is so awesome.

  2. Denise Merrill permalink
    May 20, 2014

    Well that was proper ansum my lover, see ee drekkly!

  3. May 20, 2014

    “The Champion of Minorities” — that’s a loveable characteristic trait of Viscountess Boudica…!

    Love & Peace to You!

  4. Cornish Cockney permalink
    May 20, 2014

    I suppose St Piran’s Day (4th March) is the closest to a feast day that Cornwall has.
    I too was enjoying a pasty at the weekend, sent up from Cornwall by my mum! Food of the gods! Proper job.
    Cornwall has piskies, not pixies by the way! 😀 Kernow bys Vyken! 🙂

  5. May 20, 2014

    Oh so sweet! In this ugly age of worldly miseries you read and hear on TV here comes the lovely Viscountess Boudica with her querky ideas and celebrations you only have to smile. We need more of her in this unhappy world to make it alright.

  6. James Frankcom permalink
    May 20, 2014

    The Feast of Saint Piran – the patron saint of Cornwall – is 5th March!

    Now you know.

  7. Sarah Perry permalink
    May 21, 2014

    As always I adore her decor and sense of fun.

  8. Jeanie Dee permalink
    June 29, 2014

    Spot on Melanie! Can only describe the wonderful Viscount Boudica as an absolute treasure! Many thanks as always to the Gentle Author for making this rather humdrum life here (a few thousand milestones away from home ) way more interesting!

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