Monday, 22 September 2014

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

You may have seen the amazing poppy installation at The Tower of London in the press or on TV.  Well I have been to see it first hand several times and last Saturday I was lucky enough to get a volunteer place helping to plant the poppies.  It was a great experience and great to have been part of this evolving sculpture.  I will be helping again in October but I wanted to share some photos.  There is huge interest in the installation with loads of people coming to see the sight.  Each poppy represents 1 British or Colonial fatality in World War 1 - 888246 poppies will be planted with the final one being planted on 11 November 2014.

The Exhibition info plaque.  It is possible to buy the poppies and some of the proceeds will go to help 6 charities connected to the armed forces.  I have ordered mine - you can visit the website as shown on the plaque to buy your poppy -

This is my favourite bit by the entrance to the Tower

This was in August
Now in September the moat is filling up fast!

Path to the mound from where the 
Roll of Honour is read each evening
at sunset and the Last Post is played.

A view from the moat at the end of my shift.

We were allowed to walk around the whole 
installation so this is the bit by Cradle Tower.

A poppy 100% assembled 
and planted by me!

My patch.  I think I planted about 
25 poppies and spent the rest 
of the time assembling rods.

One of the ceramic poppies ready to plant.
The work area ready for the volunteers! Each 
shift has to plant 6000 poppies to be on target 
for 11 November.

A view in August.  
It is amazing how quickly work is progressing. 

The view is really quite stunning.

The idea for this sculpture/installation is 
beyond clever imho!

The poppies are planted at varying heights for effect.  This is best seen from ground level.
Here you can appreciate the numbers!
That said they are only half way 
at 450,000. 
As I left I took this photo from Tower Bridge and the 3 tongues you can see are where I was working.  I can't wait to do another shift and I am so grateful to have been part of this wonderful project.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

New York Souevnier Part 2

So now I have 2 De La Mer au Ciels - you can see the first one here and wearing it here - I hope you will quickly see why I had to have the 2 cws - they are very different.  I have to say that navy blue and I go well together it is "my" true colour  - I don't know what it is but whenever I wear the navy (as opposed to my beloved pink) something just clicks and looks so right.  Do you have a colour that clicks for you?
Anyway let's see the new scarf in action:-
Simple bias diagonal fold and drape.

And on the opposite diagonal fold.

Half Ascot Knot

Half bow knot using a scarf ring

Equestrian look secured with scarf ring 
in MoP which matches perfectly both in 
colour and being a material from the sea!

Equestrian tied with Half Ascot Knot.

And same again on the other diagonal....totally 
different look!

Friendship Knot.

Another look at the blue diagonal drape!

Now tied/secured with my silver ring.

And then the by-pass "knot" using 
the ring as shown below

By pass knot - not really a knot but pass 
the ends of the scarf on the horizontal 
through the ring which lies sideways 
for this look.

The Butterfly Knot made with the ring.

The blue side  for another half bow knot.

Cossack - blue side.

Cossack grey side.

Cowboy blue side - secured with 
MoP scarf ring.

Cowboy with ends left loose.

Shoulder wrap with butterfly knot.

Another shoulder wrap.

And the above knot pulled to the side for 
a classy look.

Scarf draped - folded on the square.

And the same square fold drape on 
another side of the scarf.

 This scarf certainly is versatile and I have a 
feeling it will work with lots of other colours.  
I think this is another neutral a bit like the 
La Femme aux Semmelles de Vent in the 
neutrals that I have.  SO glad I got this one!


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Diana Princess of Wales

17 years tomorrow (31/8) since that fateful day in Paris - hard to believe.
Photo:Snowdon - 21st Birthday Portrait 1982

Sunday, 24 August 2014

New York Souvenir Part 1

Well I did have time to shop at Hermes and with the £/$ being in my favour I made quite a good saving too which is always good!  So let's see what I brought home:-
The usual orange box...

Cool neutrals revealed....

Yes I had to have another cw of De La Mer Au Ciel!

Birds flying.

Waves crashing.

Fish swimming.

Sea vegetation swaying in the currents.

Lovely sea life amazing how different this cw makes it look!

The full view.

Another 2 in 1 scarf using the 2 greys here...

Strong blue, black and white here.

Wait til you see it worn - I am really excited about this scarf!