Saturday, 11 November 2017

Remember.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918.
Armistice Day.
I came up to my little room, to spend an hour remembering those poor souls who died defending the freedom of their countries. 
Two World Wars, yet still carnage and treachery abound.

What a mad world we live in, eh.


I remember as a kid, whenever a black-edged envelope dropped through the letterbox from Germany,
I knew a German friend of the family had died. 


So the black edge here is that memory.


An elderly gentleman in uniform was selling poppies at the entrance to Peterborough Services the other week. 
I went straight to him and put a goodly note in his pot.
“Thank you Miss”, he smiled.
“No. Thank YOU, Sir,” I replied.

So these poppies are for him.


and all his fellow comrades.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.



Love & Hugs,
Barb
xxx

37 comments:

  1. We must remember the sacrifices made on both sides and not let it happen again.
    I am looking forward to seeing all the youth organisations being on parade at church tomorrow and then at the War Memorial. I think events like these help keep why we need peace in the minds of the young.

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  2. What a fabulous card!!! I have seen far too many of those black rims too!!

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  3. We count ourselves very fortunate not to have lost any family in the war even though my dad was at Dunkirk, he was one of the last away. I do think about all those not so fortunate and the brave souls who were injured. Think we need to make sure our youngsters know all about the sacrifices. x

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  4. Beautiful card and lest we forget x

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  5. Beautiful card Barb, and lovely thoughts, so sad that there is still so much fighting and violence in this world, Lest We Forget says so much,
    Thank God for crafting helps keep my mind in the positive,
    Love and hugs Barb xx

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  6. A beautiful piece of art - for SUCH a worthwhile day! We must all remember and give thanks for those who fought in both wars for freedom for all of us. Such brave men and women - but SO sad for the huge loss of lives. We will remember them xx

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  7. What a stunning piece of artwork Barb. Simple but speaks volumes. Xxxx

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  8. I wear my poppy with pride every year, while thinking of all those who died or were injured in the 1st, 2nd or the following wars, to prtect us all. The 2 minute silence and the Last Post are always very moving. We will remember. XX

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  9. Perfect for this weekend. Thank you xx

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  10. Afternoon bloggy friends, sending love. XX

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  11. Today is my birthday - I remember finding out what else the date meant and I felt as if I was put here to honour those that fell. So I do - and always will.
    Love
    Maggie (Yorkite)
    PS belated Happy Birthday to Dave - I was so chuffed he came over to say hello to me at Leyburn open day. Sorry I've not been around and about recently - had a tooth out last week, and it has 'knocked the stuffing' out of me. Better now.

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    1. Happy birthday Maggie hope you've had a lovely day and you feel better soon xxx

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  12. Beautiful card. We will remember them! x

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  13. Beautiful words and a beautiful card. I had to bite my tongue this morning when I heard one woman complaining to her companion about the young cadets selling poppies at the entrance to the supermarket. They were standing there quietly, not pushing anything. I wanted to tell her why they were there and what the poppy represented, and how the loss of all those lives had enabled her to voice an opinion. My choice was and always will be to remember. Tonight, I know there will be tears pouring down my face while I watch the Service of Remembrance. xxx Maggie

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  14. Perfect piece of artwork for today. We will remember them !! xx

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  15. Having a bit of a bad spell re depression at the mo, so needless to say tears rolling down my face today so sad that so many people lost loved ones and friends, personally I had two uncles I never got to meet both lost in the second world war but my mam told me about them and having seen photos of when they were young my Uncle Johnny lives on in my youngest son who is his 'pop model'. Just don't understand why we still need war in this day and age, nobody wins but nearly everyone loses.... wish common sense could prevail. There are enough natural disasters without creating our own. xxx

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    1. Also meant to say that when I named my eldest son Christopher, my mam told me that my granddad would have been delighted... I asked why as to my knowledge we'd had no Christophers in the family? Mam then informed me that her brother was Christopher... no mam he was Kit... never realised until that day that Kit was short for Christopher! Strange how these things happen isn't it?

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  16. What stunning piece of art a d made all the more beautiful because of the sentiment behind it. Pete's grandad was in both wars, and poor beggar got posted to the worst battlefields in each one. Starting off in the Somme, transferred to Autralian Light Horse, because he knew some Arabic and sent to Gallipoli. My uncle Jim was a POW in Burma. He was such a quiet man and didn't speak much, and my mam said it was because of his experiences in the war. Why do we never learn?

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  17. Lovely artwork and thoughtful words as always. I was trying to use this poppy stamp today at my silver clay workshop but your stamps are too deeply etched and I kept going right through the silver clay! Anyway, the thought was there. Very pleased with my finished pendant even though it's not a Clarity design. X

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  18. Hi Barbara
    What a beautiful poinient piece of artwork today. I always wear my poppy with pride, have an elderly uncle who was in the Second World War and like many never talks about it. Other family members no longer with us were involved too so I have a lot to be thankful for. I also know people currently serving in the armed services so always take time to buy my poppy and think of everyone during the rememberance service tonight and tomorrow. Hope you are feeling better today.
    Love Diane xxx

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  20. Lovely words and beautiful artwork in memory of that sacrifice x

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  21. Fabulous are Barbara. It's so appropriate at this time. X

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  22. Hi Barb,
    A very poignant blog today. A beautiful and appropriate piece of artwork. I am another who wears the poppy with pride every year. We were in Sainsbury's this morning at 11 am and was very impressed that everyone stood silent and still for the two minutes. I'm listening now to the last post at the festival of remembrance with tears pouring down my face ( happens every year for that and when the Chelsea pensioners come on). We have so much to be grateful for. I will be watching the Remembrace Sevice from the Senotaph tomorrow as well. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    1. The dignity and bravery of the bereaved families is what finishes me off each year. We must remember. xxx Maggie

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  23. Beautiful and so perfect colours everything. For this weekend remembering all who have died in war xxx

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  24. A lovely piece as a remembrance of those who have served and died Barbara in all conflicts and on all sides. x

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  25. We will remember them. I never knew them but I remember my two great Uncles and my great grandfather and all of the other souls lost xx

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  26. Today I shall stand by the War Memorial and think about my parents who both served in WW2 and also a young local lad, a friend of my son who lost his life in Afghanistan. He joined the Army a few weeks before my son and came home for leave from his training the weekend my son went off to start his training. I remember them getting on the train together. I feel so blessed that I still have my son and grateful to those that gave their lives. Thank you for your beautiful artwork xx

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  27. Thank you Barb for sharing this beautiful creation. We will all remember the sacrifices made to keep our ancestors and us safe, by so many. Bx

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  28. Beautiful artwork, simple and serene. We will remember them. xx

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  29. Very poignant your artwork yesterday. May we always remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. xx

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  30. Perfect card for this weekend. we will remember them. Xxxxxx

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  31. What a beautiful card. We will remember them and so we should.
    Gayle x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x