I hope you have had a good day .. .. and have taken pride in celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE day in one way or another.
I made patriotic paper chains, flags and bunting and decorated the outside of our home .. .. and the inside of our bay window as my simple way of saying "thank you" to all of our war heros.
I am so grateful I didn't witness the war. How they coped I can't imagine. They have my utmost respect.
We have been in "lock-down" for a few weeks and I am missing not being able to spend time with my family so much .. .. .. how on earth would I cope if my family had gone off to war and I wouldn't see them for years and years .. .. .. if I was to ever see them again!!!
No mobile phones, or facetime/skype sessions then.
Many, many years ago I can remember us visiting a tank museum when the boys were young. I wasn't interested in the tanks at all but of course my hubby and the two lads were. In fact at one point I think we lost the lads. They were hiding inside a tank LOL!!
I spent my time in front of a huge glass fronted display cabinet that was full of memorabilia from the war years. Letters were on show from men (boys) to their Wife or Mum, and from them to the their Son/Husband. It was impossible not to put yourself in the position of the person sending and receiving those letters. I cried and cried at each one I read and although I was upset I couldn't stop reading them because they made me feel grateful I wasn't living through those times.
I feel certain I wouldn't have coped in their shoes that's for sure.
So today for me has been another day to be grateful, to be proud to be British and to make a patriotic birthday card:
Image: Penny Black "4215K" On Guard
Sentiment: Computer Generated using font "Ink Free"
Backing Papers: Docrafts "Best of British" .. .. very old but still very loved
Corner Rounding Punch
My Trusty Sewing Machine
and that is me for today.
Hopefully I will be around tomorrow when Christmas needs to start making an appearance again.
Take care everyone.