You won’t find me writing bonus blog posts too often, since (obviously!) I am normally working my fingers to the bone with some important but slightly off-beam activity or other – as is my beloved, currently in the middle of making me a linen cupboard. I don’t like to air our dirty laundry in public (as it were) but in the last house, we had lived with a temporary airing cupboard for about 20 years, and as we are eventually planning on offering accommodation here, the need for a clean – and thus necessarily well built – linen cupboard is huge. The back story is ridiculously long, but we understand from the local fire service (and from careful inspection) that the current version had been used for unexpected activities, and has also housed a fire at least once.
Mike has stripped out the very rickety shelves to discover the cupboard had no floor (you can see a couple of feet down to a rats nest of old cabling) and no roof (you can see up into the attic floor) and when he gently prodded on one wall, found it to be rather more mobile than is normally the case for the side of a cupboard. Below I include the photo after he replaced the studwork which had previously suffered several floods (at a guess, given how soft and squidgy the wood was) and then ‘glued’ the wall to the cupboard via strategic application of (really quite a lot of) builders expanding foam.
Anyway, this is all by way of a long and almost irrelevant intro into the real story. Mike should have been working on the linen cupboard today, and I should have been sorting and prepping the linen, but instead following a conversation with one of our customers, Anna, earlier this week about the poppy installation at Caernarfon castle we decided to take the afternoon off to go and see it. There follows several shots which may give you something of the flavour of the piece, but almost certainly not the numinous immediacy of being there.
and if that isn’t enough, we also took a shot of the remembrances placed for individuals within the castle grounds. Each of the remembrances was either on a wooden cross, or crescent, or star of David, or crosses with stickers on for Hindus, or a shape for Sikhs, or a sort of thin hourglass shape for those of no religion.
We had a very interesting and sobering afternoon looking around; walking through the various exhibitions in the castle; and in particular sharing thoughts with other visitors. We didn’t get a chance to see the exhibition in the Tower of London, but are both glad we managed to catch this one. For anyone local, the poppies can be seen in Caernarfon castle for free until 20th November.
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.