Saturday, April 25, 2015

ANZAC Day - 100 Years, We Will Remember

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Today is ANZAC Day here in New Zealand and Australia and it commemorates all New Zealanders and Australians killed in war and also honors returned servicemen and women.

This year ANZAC Day is extra special for every one as it marks 100 years since the landing of  of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the ANZACS – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

Thousands of men lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign.  Among the dead were 2721 New Zealanders - almost one in four of those who served on Gallipoli, 8500 Australians, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire and 87,000 Turks. 

ANZAC is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve. In many countries, the poppy is worn around Armistice Day (11 November), but in New Zealand it is most commonly seen around Anzac Day, 25 April.

In the early hours of this morning all around New Zealand there are to be dawn services and again there will be services mid morning. There are always big turnouts with the younger generation now taking the places of the soldiers who fought and have now passed on, in the parade and this year many, many people will going to this services as it is so special.

Miss 19 who just graduated from Basic Training in the Royal New Zealand Air force on Wednesday will be taking part in her first one as a member of the Defense Force and is looking forward to it.

For the Fallen
Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Some More Hexagons

Here are some more hexagons I have made for swaps I am in recently.  These are fun to make and I was using InvisaFil thread for making these, but have now discover Bottomline thread which I love even more and they are also on prewound bobbins, so easy to take away with you.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Natures Journey Part One

Here are my February blocks as part of the stitch-along I am in, completing Anni Downs Natures Journey. I have not trimmed them yet and do not look to closely at the applique. This is a learning adventure for me and I just can not get those hearts right, but I have now got some of that semi-water soluble applique paper to help me on my applique journey.

I call the wonky applique my personal touch and those words that come out off my mouth are also part of getting that personal touch .... haha.

I have started March but have run out of thread for my blanket stitch which I am using Blue Wren from Cottage Garden Threads but they are on order.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

ALYOF April Goal

Well I have been a bit slack in this department, but I have had a very busy couple of months that I did not expect to have, so I have not got to finish January's goal yet but nearly.  Just the binding to go which I purchased today as I lost my other lot.  Well not lost, but put in a safe place.  This project will be finished this month now.  Here is the January goal in this post.

Any way on to Aprils goal.  When I was in the Christmas Block swap I made a few not so good ones so put them aside to make into a runner for myself.  They have been sitting in my box of UFO's for quite a while now, but have made it out for my next finish to be.

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