Tuesday, 11 November 2014


It seemed like an appropriate sunrise for a day such as this.

The moon was reluctant to descend into that bank of clouds.

Everything was frosted.

We met a hunter along the dike
who comes to a specific apple tree looking for
windfall that I presume is used to lure the deer.
He couldn't drag the apples to his car
because of a newly dug ditch.
Oh, too bad!
I didn't tell him there was another tree further along
laden with apples.

Little puff balls littered the ground.
Do you remember I started a stitched
interpretation of this pattern?

Today our family is thinking of

My grandfather Shanks who was sent to WWI
as a young man
and luckily survived because he was invalided out.
his uncle who joined the artillery in 1914
and was killed in Belgium in 1915

My other grandfather Frank who was a doctor in WWI
also luckily survived because of Tuberculosis.
I have the pulled thread bed covering he stitched
while recovering.
And he was a good watercolour painter too.

My father who enlisted into WWII
and spent his war fighting in the Burmese jungle.

My father-in-law who was a pilot in WWII.
He escaped Poland and made his way to England
where he joined the RAF Polish squadron.
But his brother however was one of the Polish officers
killed at Katyn

My uncle Alan who was a civilian in Hong Kong
and taken by the Japanese as a POW.

My brother's father-in-law who was in the army
in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion
and taken prisoner of war.

Lest we forget.


  1. Yes, a day of Remembrance. Lest we forget.

  2. Indeed. If only there weren't more such causes for remembrance being created..


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