Living in Ireland, I have been unable to purchase a poppy this week, there doesn't seem to be anywhere that sells them, sadly. Lots of Irish and British people lost their lives in northern France during the 1914 to 1918 first world war. Every village in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales lost somebody during this war, that was supposed to be over by Christmas. Incredibly I have read that there were more people killed in one day during the first world war, than in ALL of the second world war.
Two great British writes: CS Lewis and J R Tolkien both went to the Somme and survived. They also both wrote in their books about the triumph of good over evil. I find it incredible that they both had a strong Christian belief, even after what they had witnessed in those poppy fields of northern France.
Keeping with a 'Smallholding/Allotment' theme. Tomorrow is also Martin-Mass It's the the day in England and Europe when livestock was killed and salted for the long hard winter because the poor farmers had not got enough hay and feeding. It also commemorates St Martin of Tours. A saint who cut his cloak in half and gave it to a poor man. Geese was traditionally ate on this feast day.
I like to give my blog posts a musical theme now and again. Thanks to You Tube. Here's the 'Green Fields of France' by the great Irish band: The Fureys'. I once walked passed them entering a bar in Glengarriff and they all said :
Absolute gentlemen and great musicians.
Lest we forget.