Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ANZAC DAY AND SOME ROYAL WATCHING


I wore poppies for Remembrance today,
Anzac Day

Remembering and honouring the brave men and women who served and sacrificed to protect us...



Two brothers, great-uncles of Mr C, served and were lost in France in the Great War of 1914-18


We found their names on the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium, when we visited in 2009




Imagine spending months and years fighting in the mud and freezing cold of the trenches..





My grandfather fought in the same area, with two of his brothers.
He was fortunate, and returned home to Australia in 1919.
Sometimes we wonder if our kinsmen met, fighting with other Australians in a far-off land..


Over in London, Prince Harry attended the dawn Anzac Day service at Marble Arch, with his bride-to be Meghan.  It has been a busy week for Royal news:


I liked Meghan's green floral dress. 
 She has her own distinctive style, as should we all...


H.M. celebrated her 92nd birthday with a concert
(joined by Australia's own Kylie Minogue standing right behind).
I'd love to wear a golden dress when I turn 92...


The Best for last: a new baby Prince for William and Kate:


Looking lovely in a pretty red dress, going home about eight hours after the birth.  I am in awe!



Take care

XXXX



28 comments:

  1. So excited to see the royal baby...and doesn't Kate look amazing?
    Wondering what they will choose to name this wee boy...and soon the wedding...such a fabulous way to celebrate the Queens 92nd year.

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    1. Yes, Kate looked wonderful I thought, perhaps after the third babe a bit more relaxed. I wonder why no-one is suggesting Charles for one of the sweet prince's names - after all, it is a royal name as well as a grandfather.

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  2. You have many family members that fought in the war. Your red poppies are lovely. I like Kate's pretty red dress after giving birth, and how special is a new baby to welcome to the world. I am thinking of sweet Diana who many times dressed in red. I like the green floral dress as well.

    A happy rest of the week to you.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. A day for red! I loved the white lace collar, such a sweet fashion. Diana always looked great in red, and a nice tribute to her.

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  3. Hi Patricia lovely post,love the pics of the royal family ,Lest we Forget xx

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    1. Thank you, such an exciting week for the Royals! xo

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  4. Sadly many thousands of Australian and NZ soldiers lost their lives in WW1. I recall seeing the shoreline of Gallipoli when we sailed through the Dardanelles in Turkey - a scene of great tradgedy for the Australians.
    Yes, the royals keep popping up in the news daily at the moment. Once the wedding is over then perhaps it will all settle down and become a bit quieter again.

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    1. How special that you have sailed through the Dardanelles. Many Australians now go to Gallipoli every year for the Anzac commemoration service, and it is particularly popular with the young travellers. It seems all the royal news happens at once - no doubt until the wedding, there will be intense media coverage. The magazines here in Australia feature them on all their covers! I don't think the Republican movement has much of a chance just now :)

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  5. Always so lovely to visit here darling! Thank you for sharing here! xox

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    1. Thank you Tamera, love your blog too! xx

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  6. I was amazed at how good she looked too so soon after the birth. A real trouper, I rather think that is what the royals need to be, don't you?
    Those war graves are always so impersonal and sad.... but of course they are a focus for thinking about those who have been sacrificed.

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    1. I do think so Jenny - it takes a special, and strong, person to cope with that life. Wonder if Meghan understands how her life will be...
      It is sad to visit Flanders fields, but also very beautiful and moving. I am so glad we went.

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  7. Lovely post, Trish! I am glad never to have faced fighting in a war. The mental toughness one would need. A trench war, wow! It is right to remember the men who have served.

    Beautiful red poppy.

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    1. Thank you Debbie. Yes, those trench wars! I was impressed that after about 100 years, there is still a preserved area with the original trenches for us to see how it was. Unbelievable! I put my purchased red poppies on top of a red bead one which was made for me by a girl in Japan :)

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  8. It has ben a great week for the royal family!

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    1. Indeed it has, some many exciting events all at once!

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  9. Anzac Day, Rememberance Day, both make me feel very sad. I wonder if the Duchess of Cambridge will have a fourth child. I think that is what they want!

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    1. Oh, I never thought of that - a fourth child would make a lovely family. Perhaps they have looked over to Denmark and our Princess Mary's four cute kids!

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  10. I would love to visit the memorial sites in France, but I doubt I ever will. Re Kate going home 8 hours after the birth, if you are young and healthy and have all the support you need at home, why not? Probably much nicer than being in hospital, even as a VIP.

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    1. If you go to London, you might be surprised to know we did our trip to Flanders all in one day. You need a car and a friend or two. Get up VERY early and drive to Dover, catch the first ferry in the morning and have breakfast as you cross the Channel. Then drive on to Ypres, to see the Menin Gate. You can pick up battlefield maps there, or get organised before you come. Then you drive around - we visited quite a few of significance to Australia and to Canada. Then to the little Museum with the trenches. In the afternoon we spent a lot of time searching for the grave of an uncle, eventually found it around 5.00, just on dark. Then a very fast dash back to Calais and the 7.00pm ferry back to England. We were actually staying in Essex so had to drive back there, arrived late at night. It was definitely worth it.

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  11. I like the poppies you wore, wonderful color. The new royal baby made news here too. The Royal family seems to be doing well these days. May is just around the corner - one of my favorite months.

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    1. It was nice to wear a little bunch of poppies, fixed them to a beaded poppy brooch from Japan. The Royals are doing well - compared to the nineties when things went awry so frequently. Happy times these days. Enjoy you Maytime Springtime.

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  12. I like the poppies you wore, wonderful color. The new royal baby made news here too. The Royal family seems to be doing well these days. May is just around the corner - one of my favorite months.

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  13. Hi Trish! Sorry I've been a busy Gal but so glad I finally get to pop in and say hi and catch up. ;) Love the poppies and all they symbolize. I can't even imagine the things soldiers go through.
    I've been having such fun following all things royal these days. I think that Meghan seems really cool. And love seeing another sweet and adorable royal baby!! I love his name too!
    I hope you have a blessed weekend ahead dear Trish. xoxo

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    1. Hi Carrie, been busy here too. Mr C is working long hours, and I am trying to get organised for our Euro trip. It is fun following the royal events. I just watched Gail King special about Meghan. Only two weeks until the wedding - there will be lots to see. Guess the royal baby won't be there :) xx

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  14. What a beautiful post. I've been following the royal story as well. A wedding and a new baby, it is a big year for the family.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hi Amalia, only two weeks until the Wedding. I am planning a little party menu to enjoy while we watch! so

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