ANZAC Day 25th April 2017

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae (1872-1918)

ANZAC Day 2016

ANZAC Day, 2016-

For The Fallen

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

Laurence Binyon

Robert Laurence Binyon


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WPC: Motion

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Good morning from a foggy and sunny ANZAC day in Hastings.  Today is an important day for us.  It is the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I.


Even Google has honoured our fallen soldiers.

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey.

Key dates

25 April 1915: Gallipoli landings

8 May: NZ troops take part inSecond Battle of Krithia

8 August: NZ troops capture Chunuk Bair

15-20 December: Troops evacuated from Anzac area

For eight long months, New Zealand troops, alongside those from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, France, India, and Newfoundland battled harsh conditions and Ottoman forces desperately fighting to protect their homeland.

By the time the campaign ended, more than 130,000 men had died: at least 87,000 Ottoman soldiers and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including more than 8700 Australians. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a fifth of all those who had landed on the peninsula.

In the wider story of the First World War, the Gallipoli campaign made no large mark. The number of dead, although horrific, pales in comparison with the death toll in France and Belgium during the war. However, for New Zealand, along with Australia and Turkey, the Gallipoli campaign is often claimed to have played an important part in fostering a sense of national identity.

Anyway I have already done another post for this so onto the challenge given to us by The Daily Post

Capturing motion is a beautiful way to convey a story in a photograph, sometimes even more so than a photo of the same subject in a stationary pose. Some situations lend themselves to “action” photography; sports, dance, the wind gusting through trees on a stormy evening, but anything that can move is a candidate for these types of shots. Some people even capture the movement of our planet by photographing star trails!

Freezing movement in a photograph generally requires a fast shutter speed (a high number on your camera) and plenty of light, but virtually any conditions can yield interesting movement photographs. This tutorial has a very nice overview of the different strategies for photographing moving subjects, and may be a great source of inspiration.

I am always trying to capture the ducks in motion at Cornwall Park. Not very successful as the dud blurry photos show in my archives.

By watching the ducks I have noticed that they splash around a lot by going up and under the water.

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I found that zooming didn’t work.  So I was more successful with a wider angle approach and then crop post processing.

#FridayFoto: Something Tells Me That This Ain’t Gonna End Well…

The Daily Post: WPC Motion

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Friday’s Floral: Pohutukawa


Good morning from a cold and foggy Hastings.

In keeping with my New Zealand theme for this month here is a native floral.

The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad.

In 1833 the missionary Henry Williams described holding service under a ‘wide spreading pohutukawa’. The first recorded reference to the pohutukawa as a Christmas tree came in 1867 when the Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter noted that settlers referred to it as such. The pohutukawa, he observed, ‘about Christmas … are full of charming … blossoms’; ‘the settler decorates his church and dwellings with its lovely branches’. Other 19th-century references described the pohutukawa tree as the ‘Settlers Christmas tree’ and ‘Antipodean holly’.

In 1941 army chaplain Ted Forsman composed a pohutukawa carol in which he made reference to ‘your red tufts, our snow’. Forsman was serving in the Libyan Desert at the time, hardly the surroundings normally associated with the image of a fiery red pohutukawa tree. Many of his fellow New Zealanders, though, would have instantly identified with the image.

Today many school children sing about how ‘the native Christmas tree of Aotearoa’ fills their hearts ‘with aroha’.

Pohutukawa and its cousin rata also hold a prominent place in Maori tradition. Legends tell of Tawhaki, a young Maori warrior, who attempted to find heaven to seek help in avenging the death of his father. He fell to earth and the crimson flowers are said to represent his blood.

A gnarled, twisted pohutukawa on the windswept cliff top at Cape Reinga, the northern tip of New Zealand, has become of great significance to many New Zealanders. For Maori this small, venerated pohutukawa is known as ‘the place of leaping’. It is from here that the spirits of the dead begin their journey to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki. From this point the spirits leap off the headland and climb down the roots of the 800-year-old tree, descending into the underworld on their return journey.

Tomorrow is ANZAC day which is our day here in Australia and New Zealand for honouring the sacrifices made by our fallen dead.

Friday's Florals

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Friday’s Florals: Poppy Day

In Flanders Field (800x600)


RSA volunteers exchange distinctive red poppies for a donation to the RSA Poppy Day appeal in support of veterans as well as ex-service people and their families in need.

The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made – both past and present. Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppy Day has been a part of the New Zealand calendar since 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals.

Poppy Day is usually held each year on the Friday before Anzac Day. Poppy Day 2015 will be held on Friday 17 April.

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Friday's Florals

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Floral Friday: The Poppy


Good morning from a sunny Hastings.

I am a bit  late as Poppy Day was last week. But it is a public holiday today – ANZAC day,  to celebrate those that fell defending our country and the Commonwealth. And it is Friday.

Today marks 92 years since the first Poppy Day was held in New Zealand in remembrance of fallen soldiers and to support returned soldiers in need along with their families.

In New Zealand, it is usually held on the Friday before ANZAC Day. However, it was moved to April 17 this year because it conflicted with Good Friday.

Here are 10 facts about this special day of remembrance.

1. The poppy flower has been linked to death since World War I

The soil in the fields of the battlefields of the Western Front was churned as the men fought – and while the poppy seed can lie for years, poppies can only flower in rooted up soil. The soil in the fields were so affected by the battles that in 1915 thousands of poppies blossomed.

2. ‘In Flanders Fields’ was originally thrown away

When Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian medical officer, conducted the funeral of a friend, he looked around and saw the death and suffering and, in a cemetery nearby, red poppies amongst the crosses. He took his notebook and wrote the words of ‘In Flanders Fields’ and, unhappy with it, tossed it away. A fellow officer picked up the poem and sent it to English newspapers. While some rejected it, Punch published it on 8 December 1915.

3. The idea of poppies as a symbol for remembrance was conceived by Moina Michael

Professor and humanitarian Moina Michael was so touched by McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Fields’ that she wrote a poetry response, ‘We Shall Keep the Faith’. She also vowed to wear a red poppy to symbolically remember those who served in the war in response to the first two lines of McCrae’s poem – ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses row on row.’

4. A French woman conceived the idea of Poppy Day

Moina Michael’s initiative became a reality at an event in 1920 when The American Legion made the red poppy an official symbol of remembrance. Madame Anna E. Guerin attended the event and conceived the idea that selling fake red poppies could help raise money for veterans, their families and those children orphaned and in poverty in northern France due to the war.

5. New Zealand placed its first order for poppies in 1921

Colonel Alfred S. Moffett took Guerin’s idea to the New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association who, in September of 1921, placed an order for over 350,000 poppies with Madame Guerin.

6. Poppy Day should have been on Armistice Day

Poppy Day was originally intended to be celebrated on Armistice Day (11 November) 1921, along with other Commonwealth nations. Unfortunately, the ship that was carrying the poppies arrived too late, so the New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association decided to wait until the day before ANZAC day the following year. Since then, Poppy Day has been intrinsically bound with ANZAC Day in New Zealand.

7. New Zealand didn’t make its own poppies until 1931

The first poppies made in New Zealand were by disabled returned soldiers in Auckland and Christchurch.

8. By 1945 one in two New Zealanders wore a poppy on Poppy Day

As World War II quickly followed the first, public interest in Poppy Day swelled as lives were lost, people were injured and families destroyed. In 1945, 750,000 poppies were distributed – making it one poppy for every two New Zealanders. Poppy Day began helping another generation of war victims.

9. The present poppy design is 36-years old

The New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association changed to its present flat, Earl Haig design in 1978.

10. Production of poppies sold in New Zealand moved offshore in 2010

The Returned Services Association (formerly the Returned Soldiers’ Association) announced that poppy production would be moved to Australia in 2010. It was a decision surrounded in controversy as Christchurch-based Kilmarnock Enterprises, who had been making the poppies for around 30 years employed 72 people – many who had mental or physical disabilities. There was further controversy when Chinese-made poppies made their first appearance in 2012.


Lest We Forget.

Here are some other great post for both Floral Friday  and ANZAC Day – I want to try out those biscuits one day.


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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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