I've been working on some custom rings and making pieces for my new line of "Twisted" jewellery...pics coming (no, really, I promise!) as soon as I can get them taken. I'm also getting ready for my next sale - Fibres and Finery at the Senior Citizens Centre beside the Neil Balkwill centre (see the "Events" tab for details). I'm looking forward to it as it was a very enjoyable day last year. :)
I have also been incorporating more of my lampwork beads into my jewellery too....so far, I have made some cute little hollow bead pendants that are versatile as well as pretty...they are clips so they can be worn on a simple chain or on a larger linked necklace! I love multi-purpose items!! :)
I donned my poppy on November 1st. I wear my poppy and think about the many people that have served and are still serving. In my time in the military, I was fortunate enough to serve with many different amazing men and women.
While I never met most of the soldiers from the first two WW's , I never fail to think about what they gave up to go fight for us to have the freedom to live our lives how we choose. I was fortunate enough in my time in the service to meet (and drink!) with some of the WWII vets and hear their stories. They had Remembrance services to remember their fallen and drinks to celebrate and share stories with the ones who returned.
I never did a tour but many of my friends have served overseas in a combat role. I know many of them will never forget or be entirely free of what they dealt with while ensuring we continue to live our lives relatively conflict free and trying to protect the safety and security of people wherever they were sent. I wear my poppy to also honour them and remember what they have done for people they have never met.
We don't have to agree with the government, the military, or anything else for that matter...just keep in mind that there are people out there that willingly and without question risk their lives so that we may believe what we want, voice an opinion, vote, get an education, and disagree with the government no matter who we are. We've got it pretty good here in Canada and we should respect those who helped make it so.
I hope you will wear a poppy too and honour the deeds of these people, past and present.
On November 11, I will raise a glass to all of them.