Monday, May 8, 2017

08/05/2017 Public holiday here today - Victory in Europe or ‘Victoire 1945’

Maximum temperature 18C, minimum 6C.  20 km/h NE chilly wind.   Dry.
The bleuet is the cornflower French symbol of remembrance like the poppy is for the UK.  The two flowers both continued to grow during WWII despite the land being devastated by thousands of shells.

Reading the names from the war memorial in Vitrac..

One minutes silence...

Laying the wreath.


The picnic spot at Vitrac with the little foot bridge over the river.

Back home a lizard trying to catch a bit of sun...

the Bearded Irises still doing well...

Peony...

Climbing rose...

Broad beans..

and a pair of lizards.

12 comments:

  1. The wreath is beautiful, Diane! And I love the greens, flowers and lizards! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Linda once again for the comment, I always love what you have to say. It is a pleasure to share, take care Diane

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  2. It would be cool to tour areas like that, to see where things took place. Great pics.

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    1. Pam we toured the whole area in 2015, it was quite traumatic seeing so many graves and so many young people who died. If you are interested I did a write up on Thiepval here
      http://lifeincharente.blogspot.fr/2015/11/thiepval-memorial-and-anglo-french.html also this one may interest you as well http://photodiarydps.blogspot.fr/2015/05/06052015-day-4-still-in-ypres-and.html
      Keep well Diane

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  3. Hello Diane,
    I much prefer the lizard and the flower pics than the memorial ceremonies... not my cup of tea!!!
    The peony is really gorgeous!
    I have sent you a mail, I hope it reaches you!!
    Warm hugs again and take care :)

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    1. I know your taste but it was part of our day :-) Keep well and take care, hugs Diane

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  4. The peony is a spectacular flower with its two tonings.

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    1. I have two other coloured ones but no sign of buds on them at present. Diane

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  5. We never seem to learn from past wars do we? Look at all the conflicts going on around the world today. And we never cease to apply our ingenuity to new ways to kill each other.

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    1. It is sad that peace cannot prevail, always someone who wants something that others have. Diane

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  6. Good to see a ceremony in remembrance of the fallen. You're beautiful flowers do justice to the day too.

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    1. France never forgets and every single name gets read out from the monument. The flowers are looking pretty good at present. Diane

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