Sunday, 11 November 2018

We will Remember Them

For the Fallen 
By Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, 
England mourns for her dead across the sea. 
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, 
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, 
There is music in the midst of desolation 
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young, 
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. 
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; 
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; 
They sit no more at familiar tables of home; 
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; 
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, 
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known 
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; 
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Poppies - BBC CBeebies

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

I am One in Five

They said on the news this morning that one in five of us have done Christmas shopping.  Yes I am one of those but my shopping consists of bouquets of flowers to be delivered near Christmas.  I have ordered them for the people who have helped me throughout this year because  I don't drive. and they have kindly taken me to the hospital, to either visit my husband or my dad. done my washing (washing machine broke when husband first went into hospital) and shopping or taken me shopping.

Flowers sent to me from one of my sons 
via the lovely company
*Bloom & Wild
Christmas is from the internet this year, I actually prefer looking round the shops. Mostly just for the grandchildren's birthdays three birthdays, in first three weeks of January (more choice this time of year I even buy  birthday presents for July and August now).  I don't buy them Christmas presents any more.  A few years ago we decided birthdays were their day not Christmas, am I being a bit Bah Humbug here?  But, saying that they have an Advent Bag with twenty-four gifts and clothes on Christmas day, though.  The bag is mainly unread books from the charity shops collected throughout the year. One family of three older children, twins born in July they won't need presents this year - sounds mean I know They have eight presents. First child opens on 1st December then again 4th December, second on 2nd and 5th and so forth. Their cousin gets all twenty-four this year but if she gets a brother or sister she will have to share. 
Last years Advent gifts
I start in January looking for books.  I get very neat books, ones that have not been written or scribbled in. You be surprised how many there are.  Last year (January 2017) I saw and picked off the shelf a compendium of stories, could see it was a brand new book and I can still see the inscription to this day, written in the neatest script I have ever seen.  To Alfie, Merry Christmas love Grandma and Grandpa 2016.  Seeing this actually made me quite angry,  To me it seemed the parents hadn't even opened the book, well I knew they hadn't because the pages clicked as they were flicked through.  This year I have noticed a lot of the expensive colouring books normally priced at £9.99 priced in the charity shop 99p.  

My daughter-in-law sorts the books they don't want to keep from last year and returns them to a charity shop to be re-purchased and read again.


*Bloom & Wild are here.  
The picture is NOT sponsored, I just thought I would mention these people as their flowers so lovely

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Would anybody like to.........

...........join in.........

Please say you will join me again in putting twenty-four little Christmas pictures on your blog as if it were an Advent Calendar?  
Saturday 1st December is the day we start opening doors on the Advent Calendar or in our case one picture per day for the blog posts.   You put a different picture on everyday leading up to 24th December.  You can use your own photos, taken recently or from the family album/archive taken years ago, or use little films/cartoons from You Tube.   

See my previous post here, I was wondering if you lovely readers could help me this year by suggesting two or three things for the Advent Calendar.  It can be a picture idea, a cartoon from YouTube, even a recipe or anything to do with Christmas

I will list the names end November of who are joining in  
The Advent Scavenger Hunt has a new home here