Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The Blatent Pleasure of it all


Christmas is in the air and talk of christmas lists has made me thinking about what I would really like for Christmas. There will be no Diamonds or trinkets ... Top of my list would be my close family and friends sharing Christmas with me. Thats all I want ~ The mulled wine, the roaring fire, laughter smiles hugs and kisses, twinkling candles, rooms filled with twinkling lights and the smell of good cooking.
Christmas past - but you get the idea :-)

But if there was one thing that could maybe squeeze in the stocking it would have to be this.

One of life's simple PLEASURES.Fresh as flowers after rain, this sheer,
shimmering floral is a spirited blend of Lilies,Peonies and Jasmine, all tingling with the rare essence of exotic Baie Rose

For the first time ever I have run out !! I've not had a standby bottle of this on hand. I have always had some in my bag or on my dresser. But now I found not a drop was left ~ i was desperate !! Well could I find it anywhere ~ i couldn't believe how difficult this was to find, non of the big supermarkets stocked it, non of the high street chemists did and the only place left was into the big city to the big dept store.

Well having found it eventually I also noticed this WONDERFUL offer too!!!! very reasonable price if you buy an estee lauder product .... ooooh now that would make a great Christmas present wouldn't it. JUST LOOK !!!!!

Well this WAS (as in past tense) last ditch chance of making sure the kiddie winkies see what I am moaning and hinting about, so has been all for nothing as have been told too late they have already got me a Xmas present.

Whats a girl to do!
Yes it is blantently obvious, I would LOVE some Pleasures this Christmas ... but
ooooh I wonder what they got me instead hmmmm ????
Anyway off to pull out all the decorations and see what i need to keep and what i need to part with. May create a few pretties too.
Catch you soon ;-)

Sunday, 8 November 2009

At the going down of the sun and in the morning - We will Remember them

Remembrance Day and a poppy. Recorded for this journal for the education of younger members of my family and anyone else who wondered why we wear a poppy. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Two Minute Silence is observed on Armistice Day, the day which marks the end of the First World War.
When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during both World Wars. But now we also mourn and honour those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts. Today, with troops on duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the world, Remembrance, and this two minute tribute, are as important as it has ever been.

So what was Armistice Day and why do we wear a poppy? Well this is why.

Armistice 1918
On 11 November 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allied and German armies, ending the First World War – a global war that lasted four years with the total human cost to Britain and the Empire of 3,049,972 casualties, including 658,705 dead.

Of all the millions of men who joined up to serve and defend the country, there are now no survivors in the UK left.

The last three stalwarts of the Great War. Harry Patch, Bill Stone and Henry Allingham all died during 2009. With their passing, the Great War has finally moved from living human memory to history.
Henry Allingham said: "These hellish memories of war are ones I'd rather forget.
But never my comrades !
Never the men who gave their everything.

" During a visit to a war cemetery in France, he was quoted as saying,

"All of us must remember them, always " and so we do.

So why do we wear a poppy?
Doctor John McCrae, a Canadian wrote a poem in 1915 called

“In Flanders Fields”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses,

row on row

That mark our place;

and in the sky The larks,

still bravely singing,

fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.

Short days ago We lived, felt dawn,

saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved,

and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

these were the battlefields where many thousands lost their lives and the only thing that continued to grow in the aftermath of the devastation was the Poppy. Moira Michael, an American was so moved by the poem, she sold some poppies to her friends and donated the money she raised to servicemen in need. In 1918 Moira wrote a poem in reply to “In Flanders Fields” entitled “We Shall Keep Faith”. According to her Poem, she promised to wear a Poppy in “memory of our dead” and so the tradition of wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day was born.

The poet Moira Michael wrote this poem in 1918

We Shall Keep the Faith
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the FaithWith All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the deadIn Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

The Poppy is used in memorial of war time loss all over the world.

For example within Australasia, Anzac came to stand not just for the troops in World War I, but for Australian and New Zealand soldiers in time of war more generally. Anzac Day is observed annually in memory of those soldiers who died in war. It is commemorated each year by both countries on 25 April, the date of the first landing at Gallipoli in 1915 on a beach known as Anzac Cove. It is similar to days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day our Remembrance Day

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