Monday, 13 October 2014

Lest We Forget:

The Tower of London Remembers

I was so moved by my visit, with my sister to see this.
I just had to blog it to make sure I remember the deep effect it had on me. 
If you don't know about it Find Out Here.   

It would have been nice to start with a photo of my paternal grandfather, unfortunately I do not have one to show you.   Nor in fact do I know much about him other than he was blinded by mustard gas and was a bloody nice chap.

In his stead I start with private William Cecil Tickle.

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He  was from Tottenham only 15 when he volunteered and served with the 9th Essex Regiment.

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Hard to describe in pictures (and especially hard with the billions of tourists that inhabit it's environs) but I shall have a go none the less. We start the circle of the moat by traitors gate.

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My sister and I felt that the raised poppies represented the young men going over the the top of the trenches.

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Joining many others and filling the moat with their blood.

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As we reached the apposite corner the poppies poured from the tower like a fatal haemorrhage flooding the moat.

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Every poppy a person

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every boy had a mother.

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So many they all become a blur.

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So many

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Real people, every one a personal tragedy.

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We should remember, politics is politics - nothing was worth that ! 
They were Lions led by donkeys.

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Life is precious
Every poppy was a life.

Post script -
I saw this in the first week of October there is still another month of planting poppies to go before the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Every poppy is a hero.



Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Warwick Gardens September 2014

Here we are again my lovelies. September is fading away and with it yet another Summer. Our thoughts now are to get ready for winter and of course Spring .
Masses of Wallflowers and Daffodils have been ordered along with tulips and pansies but before we get to far ahead lets look at the state of play this month.

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The two overgrown roses that came with the garden are a joy. No idea what they are called but they are fab.

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The window boxes are hanging on despite the dry Summer.

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You can see here the evil Japanese Knot Weed. I am glad to say that after two separate attacks with glyphosate it has (for the moment) disappeared.

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We have also now started work on creating some beds to put plants into.
Both in the front -

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and at the back.

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In the meantime things are flowering away on there own with very little help from us.

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- Breaking News Flash -

Just in time to catch the September post - 
We have bought a greenhouse!

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Ok. its plastic and ugly but its big, affordable and should do the job. We love it

At last we are getting to grips with the garden. 

who knows our little gnome friend Donny might come back to us. 
He is still sulking after the loss our last garden.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Random Royal Totty

Here we are me dears with a very random Royal flight of fancy.

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Edward Prince of Wales 1925

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Prince William of Gloucester - grandson of King George V.

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Prince George, Duke of Kent, 1934

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Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma

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Nicholas II

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Napoleon Eugène Louis Bonapart

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Francis, duke of Teck. He was Queen Mary´s father and was rumoured to be homosexual.

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Archduke Hubert Salvator of Austria.

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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg 1940.

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Kaiser Wilhelm II. 1880

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Grand Dukes Paul and Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, brothers of Alexander III, ca 1885

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Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence

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Ludwig II of Bavaria.

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Manuel II of Portugal

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King Ferdinand von Rumänien, King of Romania 1865

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King Alfonso XIII of Spain, c.1910

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King Leopold III of Belgium

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Crown Prince George of Oldenburg Schleswig Holstein Sonderburg Glucksburg, Later King Georgios II of Greece.

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HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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The Duke of York (George VI) and the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII)

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Edward, Prince of Wales, and Lord Louis Mountbatten

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HRH Prince William.

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As they say its not the destination
but the journey

keep posted for more random nonsense