This poem has always really stuck in my memory, war poetry is very emotive.
I. NAMING OF PARTS
To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday, We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning, We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day, To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens, And to-day we have naming of parts.
This is the lower sling swivel. And this Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see, When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel, Which in your case you have not got. The branches Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures, Which in our case we have not got.
This is the safety-catch, which is always released With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see Any of them using their finger.
And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers: They call it easing the Spring.
They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt, And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance, Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards, For to-day we have naming of parts.
Saturday evening, we took part in the Earth Hour at 8.30pm we lit candles around the house, and I enjoyed a relaxing candlelit bath. Prince our labrador slept all through it, blissfully unaware of the peaceful protest. We remembered to change most of the house clocks to British Summertime, for us here in the UK that means putting the clocks forward 1 Hour; Spring forward 1 Hour, Fall/Autumn back 1 Hour. I guess that means Spring has officially arrived.
Switch off and support WWF’s Earth Hour On Saturday 27 March 2010 at 8.30pm, we want a billion people around the world to switch off their lights for one hour – WWF’s Earth Hour. Show you care about climate change, support people and wildlife threatened by climate change. Why WWF cares Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing people and nature, and demands urgent global action. Unless we prevent average temperatures rising 2°C above pre-industrial levels, we face a high risk of severe and irreversible changes in the planet’s natural systems. Global impact Watch the video,on this site below http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/about_earth_hour/aboutearthhour/ to see how Earth Hour has grown into a global event and hopes to be even bigger and better in 2010
UPDATE....Earth Hour's success was down to people like you - individuals and families switching off at home, or companies large and small, local government, schools and community groups. Over 3,400 cities and towns in 125 countries took part in WWF's Earth Hour 2010. Global landmarks switching off included Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Great Pyramids, Rome's Coliseum and Forbidden City in China. In the UK, other landmarks included Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, the National Gallery and National Theatre and Wembley Stadium Arch in London; the Senedd, The Wales Millennium Centre, and Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; Stormont, City Hall and the Wheel in Belfast, Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, Wallace Monument and the Falkirk Wheel, to name just a few.
I was honored to have received the Sunshine Award, such an upbeat blog Award, A big Thank you to Dale Ann,who is a talented artist, writing and sharing from her own blog spot 'Chronicles of Whimsy', which is always a source of constant inspiration, and a pleasure to read and view.
This could have been a huge list, but time and tide...a lot of blog friends have already received this award,Congratulations to you All, or have tributes to Renee, or pressing issues on their own blogs at the moment...so straight on to..... Six things, about me.... 1. I had a bowl of Trifle for Breakfast Yesterday 2. I have so many projects and art things going on, Prince and I are being surrounded by boxes, as I have been working on altered art, and paint effects,and drawings of the white rabbit, which ended up in the WR wearing a harlequin suit, jewellery ,tags, and computer arting. 3. I prefer baths to showers. 4. I enjoy food flavoured with cinnamon, or rose, taste and fragrance. 5. When I read a book, I see the scenery, the characters,the smells, just as you would viewing a film, but more so, as you are there, when I am reading a book, I will not hear you, if you speak to me. 6. I really don't like being mortal.
It was a lovely surprise, (as I've been away from blog hopping for a while) to receive this wonderful letter from Nancy, one of my winners in the OWOH Event. Nancy a great blogger, with plenty of heart for all to share.
As Nancy's letter was shown on her own blog, I thought it not inappropriate to show it here too, and its such beautiful work.
Included was a great Chocolate coffee cozie,like the one pictured above, which I'm using it in a very unusual way as I've hurt my wrist and thumb, so its my little piece of woollen wrist jewellery at the moment. I'love it, Thank you so much. Your letter is beautiful too, as was all your packaging, a real treat. Lindaxx
Yes, The Postman rang again, I know, I fell out of the lucky tree at the moment!. Karen's beautiful frame necklace from The OWOH event, arrived safely in the post. Karen Ellis with her own blog, Go Scrapping which is also the name of her working studio in Kitchener, Ontario, that offers flexible classes, workshops and special events, hosting retreats and day crops for scrapbookers and card makers. Even you aren't in travelling range to attend the wonderful courses and love all aspects of papercraft, a visit to her blog is fun and informative. Tim Holtz fans and scrapbookers are in for a treat.
Nancy Donaldson's beautiful artwork....The cone flowers were a real treat I received today in the Post, along with 24 other lucky followers of Nancy's blog. Beautifully wrapped and packaged with a lovely card.
Beautifully presented and Titled 'In The Garden' , signed and ready to frame, and quite unlike any artwork I have seen before.
The enchaustic technique really adds a whole new dimension.
Nancy is a talented Mixed Media artist, and Photographer who mixes her camera talent, with enchaustic techniques. Her Blog, 'All Pulped Out' is an amazing journey, Please check it out, http://allpulpedout.blogspot.com/
Thank you so much Nancy its very beautiful, and will be treasured.
More of Nancy beautiful Photography can be seen in her Flickr Albumns.
Life has a way of filling up days with a montage of useless things one has to do, household chores just being one of them, but there are good days too. One of the highlights of today was turning around at with surprise as galloping hoofbeats came tearing up to me in the field. Followed by a semi rear, a squeal and a buck, I was very pleased, and just a bit worried as my 34 yr old mare tore up to me, to tuck into her lunchtime feed. It was lovely to see a bit of the old spark still alive and well. Although a bit worrying, sort of like if your 90 year old grandmother jumped up and started dancing the Can can..
Another Treat well actually two arrived in the post as well, OWOH two videos from Wendy,WW, a mixed media crafts gal in Iowa, from her blog 'The life of Me', see http://weinkswonders.blogspot.com/ , to visit. She also has several Blogs including the Frog Palace, and an Etsy Shop, (thefrogprincess), do make sure to visit. Here is a piece of her work for sale on Etsy.. Sewn Heart.. The second was from Linda, a potter and sculptress living in the UK, with her Blog Rediscovering Art, See http://rediscovering-art.blogspot.com/ ,to visit, and she is literally doing what her blog title suggests, in a big way. Here is one of her pieces in the making... Thank you for the beautiful tiles Linda, They arrived safely, well done Royal Mail.
Thank you for dropping by.
I live with Mark and enjoy painting horses, dogs,cats,pets,wildlife and fantasy subjects, quite an eclectic mixture, but lots of fun.
Poppy my Labrador Technical Director,is still with me in spirit,she Loved sleeping, eating,and walks.
Her new apprentice 'Prince' has just finished his intensive Training from our original Doggy Blogger 'Poppy',and has graduated with a full 4 paw BlogHound Certificate.
Sub Species of the manificent rhino are already declared extinct, poaching habit loss polution has all contributed the biggest factor being humans in one guise or another. Help us halt the devastation.click on the picture link for more info
Just Click to go to Poppy's Blog, and see her new apprentice, 'Prince', hes just getting into the swing of blogging now!
PLQ, Poppy's Life Quote. Play with your Family and Pack, be content with what arrives in your Food Bowl, Dont worry about Tomorrow, Leave a Happy Pawprint on Life. Poppyx
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