Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Sewing a Seed of Remembrance

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It was almost by chance we saw the installation of poppies at the Tower of London that marked the hundredth anniversary of the start of WWI, they both moved us and captured our imagination,

tower of London_.jpg

we managed to buy a poppy, and plant it on the map, just one of the 888,246 poppies that were made

It was the start of a journey, that amongst other things led us to visit Ypres in Belgium and listen to the last post at the Menin Gate We saw so many young people there, so important.

Menin Gate School

Some of the poppies  were retained from the tower, and have been exhibited around the country. We’ve managed to catch up with them in a couple of locations.

Here at Carlisle Castle, the number of poppies here are roughly the same as the number of men who signed up to serve in the war,

Carlisle poppies 2

within these walls, and never returned.

Carlisle poppies 4

to the city and surrounding villages.

Carlisle poppies 8

Carlisle poppy 2

Lest we forget.

 

 

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “Sewing a Seed of Remembrance

  1. A poignant post and pictures. xx

  2. I’ve seen photos of the poppies from London, but that display at Carlisle Castle took my breath away. The illusion of blood pouring over the walls is just too obvious and too stark: which is to say, obvious and stark enough to stop people in their tracks, and perhaps make them think.

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