Sunday, 9 November 2014

#MySundayPhoto



Poppy at The Tower Of London

I was incredibly lucky to go and see the poppies twice this year, only intending to go once here, but seeing them at the beginning, when it was quieter and standing watching them being made and added, the pure profound feeling of loss of lives hit me. I had to go once more and I now have respite once a week, so used my hours to go again.

The crowds were this time immense, that in itself was awe inspiring, people from all over the world coming to see this short lived display of remembrance. 


I purchased a poppy back in August, now all the money is going to the charities as the government have released their portion and I believe £1.8 million to each charity has been raised. 

All the lives lost and the sea of red, is breathtaking, I have many photos of the day, however from the many photos, I chose a single poppy.

For me one live lost and given for mine is all!!



At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. 

Laurence Binyon 21st Sept 1914


OneDad3Girls

32 comments:

  1. That is lovely, great post too, my FIL was there and survived but his friends didn't make it back, we will indeed remember them...... #mysundayphoto

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    1. So many people lost friends who were so young, in their teens and young men just starting out.

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  2. Wow you visited the Tower of London to see the poppies. I bet it was quite an emotional thing to see x #mysundayphoto

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    1. Truly emotional, I felt the absolute futility of war, the sheer staggering loss of lives. The sea of red a horrifying illustration of death, but also the sheer beauty of poppies. We stayed ages the first time, the crowds did not really appear then.

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  3. Such a beautifully simple photo, thank you for sharing. This art installation is so creative, original and moving, I so wish I could have seen it, but I just have to rely on the many photos friends, bloggers and the media are sharing of it as it's too far for me to get to.

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    1. Then I am glad I shared it with you today as well. x

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  4. So beautiful. So simple, but they mean so much! I think they are all sold out now aren't they?

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    1. I think they sold out in September, incredibly quickly.

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  5. They are so simple but yet beautiful, Clio lending a helping hand for Coombe Mill

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  6. The poppies are stunning. Very emotional and take your breath away when you really stop and think about what each and every sorry stands for. Beautiful photo xx

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  7. Lovely photo. Lovely words. #mysundayphoto

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  8. my favourite poem -Rupert Brooke

    The Soldier

    IF I should die, think only this of me:
    That there's some corner of a foreign field
    That is forever England. There shall be
    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
    A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
    Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
    A body of England's, breathing English air,
    Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.
    And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
    A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
    Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
    Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
    And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
    In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

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  9. I have been up there a couple of times this week and managed to hear the roll call and Last Post being played last night- this is a stunning close up though I wasn't lucky enough to get that close :)

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  10. I have not lost anyone really close to me in war but I was so moved by this display. I wish I could have seen it. Mind you I shed tears just seeing the photos and tv coverage.

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  11. Perfect for today! Great photo x

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  12. Absolutely fitting picture for today and moving post too. #MySundayPhoto

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  13. Such a powerful message and perfect for today

    Thank you for linking up

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  14. Gorgeous post and stunning photo Jo!

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  15. We were there today - perfect day for visiting, really brought the Poppy Day commemorations to life and made it all more meaningful (I put up a photo for Silent Sunday too - http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.com/2014/11/silentsunday-91114.html). You were lucky to get a poppy, they've all been sold now and lots of people were saying they were sad they hadn't managed to get one. They may be making more though apparently. Great to know you're owning a piece of history too :)

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  16. It really is moving, I was explaining it all to my 8 year old last night, I would loved to have seen it in person

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  17. Great shot, and a beautiful post. I would love to have seen this. I can't imagine a more powerful remembrance sunday.

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  18. Lovely photo. I saw the poppies back in September and really wanted to get back before they were 'picked,' but it didn't happen. It was a beautiful and sobering sight though and I'm looking forward to ours arriving eventually.

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  19. would love to have seen them but not practical sadly. It is a great idea, a beautiful coolective work of art and an amazing remembrance. Sadly the one thing these memories wont do is stop wars entirely, now that would be some remembrance, no more war EVER

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  20. What a lovely symbolic photo, which sums up a life lost of many, must have been a very moving day for you just being there and seeing the masses of poppies made for all the lives lost.

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  21. Wow, I thought I'd got close up - that is beautiful. Stunning memorial isn't it, we have bought one too

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  22. Love this pic, I did not get to order one of these before they sold out... ;0(

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