Ribbon of Red

>>  Sunday, November 11, 2018

This year I decided to join in with the Ribbon of Red initiative Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of the great war 1918 - 2018

We used a piece of land in the centre of our village

Brownies, Guides and Rangers all had packets of seeds and we all went on the same night to scatter them.

It was a good get together.  It's good for the leaders to meet up, for the girls to mix.  It was a fun few hours.

But you might also remember spring was very late starting in 2018 and then it was very dry.  So the reality was that they just didn't germinate.

But poppy seeds are hardy and I'm sure in a few years they will take off.

In the meantime, my Ranger unit decided to do something more immediate and paint some stones to leave in the garden.

They might also help people in the future remember why there are so many poppies there (When they finally grow!)

We left them by the gate for the lady that looks after the garden to place them around.  She also potted up a  tub of poppies that she tended with more care to show us at least some real flowers.


>>  Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Having seen the Poppies at the Tower and at Middleport, I decided to go to see them at their last stop on the tour

The weeping window is at the Imperial War Museum London (Wave is at the IWM Manchester) 
They will be on display like this in London until the 18th November

On display outside, under the eye of a security guard, you can see them at any time.

The part I found most moving was the scattering in the grass amongst the leaves.

The sadness of seeing the memorial to so many lives lost to war next to guns and shells.
There are a number of special exhibitions on too.  The one about regeneration after the war was particularly interesting.
Some sentiments never change.
This was an aural exhibit.
The dark room in moments of silence was an interesting experience.
We went to the Extraordinary Heros permanent exhibition on the top floor, which I can't recommend enough, I could have read forever in there and when not with HWMBO'd I will go back.
And we went through the static world war one exhibition too. 
This glove memorised me, shrunk by gas.

It was a good day out, added to by the Canadians we met and spent a fair amount of time with in the cafe.  I wish I'd have asked their name. 

I remember this museum from 10 years ago being more hands on; the trench experience was gone, I'm sure I sat in an air raid and there was a mock up of  house in there to go around.  It all felt much less orientated for children's engagement.  I know it is important to respect the gravity of war but without engaging children in history so they learn it, they will never learn from it.

Too many lives, too much blood spilt.

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