On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…

Broadstone war memorial

Today is Armistice Day – marking the end of the first world war.

When the nation falls silent for two minutes to remember and pay respect to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts since the beginning of the first world war.

Every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marking the time when Allied Forces declared an end to fighting with Germany 97 years ago.

Today a friend and I thought it would be a nice thing to do to go to our local war memorial and pay our deepest respects for all those lives lost.

Rememberance poppies

Stanley Brewer (aged just 23) and Les Whyle of the Royal Navy I have no idea who you both are, but you fought and died for your country and for that I have no words – but the deepest respect for you.  You will never ever be forgotten.

We stood, with a few others who had decided that they too wanted a moment of contemplation, at 11am this morning, for two minutes in silent reflection.


Rememberance poppies

Albert Richard Hart (aged 29) who died on 23 February 1917.

So many lives lost.

But never forgotten.

Poppy wreaths

I’m so glad we went.

Lest we forget‘ … why those words?

They are taken from Rudyard Kipling’s beautiful poem ‘Recessional‘ – 1897

God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Carpe Diem x

Christmas flowers bouquet from Prestige Flowers

Prestige flowers

I love flowers.

I love seeing them grow in the garden, having them dotted around the home and I love seeing them when I’m out and about different places.

Some people don’t like cut flowers and prefer seeing them grow naturally, but I have to admit to loving them in the home.  They make me smile.  They make me happy.  I love the vibrancy of colours and the gorgeous perfumes that some flowers give off.

I’m one of those people who admits to buying myself a bunch (or sometimes two) each week when I do my food shop.  I love having fresh flowers for the week and if I’m lucky I can spread these out in different vases throughout the house.

So with a love for flowers, when I was given the opportunity to review a Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers from their Haute florist range I jumped at it.  Oooooh how exciting they were giving me a sneaky peek at what would be available on their site for Christmas.

I waited in anticipation for my delivery.

Prestige Flowers are one of the UK’s leading on-line florists and have a wonderful range of beautiful fresh flowers, plants and gift hampers.  You can do that thing too, where you add chocolates etc to the bouquet.  Before I received my flowers I popped over to their website, like you do, www.prestigeflowers.co.uk for a little looksee and I felt quite excited that I was going to be lucky enough to receive some of their fine flowers.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Prestige flowers

My bouquet, which was from the Haute Florist range, arrived in a huge cardboard box – it’s such a good idea to send them in a box because you know they won’t get damaged.

the flower box

They were wrapped in luxury paper and then popped in a bag all inside the sturdy box.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the stems were very cleverly housed in a hydration pouch to keep the flowers as fresh as possible during delivery.  I’ve never seen one of these before and thought what a great idea it was.

Prestige flowers hydration pouch

The bouquet was held together with a small piece of ribbon, which I have to admit I thought would be red (it being a Christmas bouquet and all that) and perhaps tied a little bit more delicately… but never mind that’s a small detail I guess.

Prestige flowers

There was however a lovely little card which made me smile, as well as a very informative flower care guide.  I took the time to read the guide as I had kindly been sent the flowers, in order to prolong their life as much as possible.  It advised me to change the water daily, remove guard petals that surround the blooms (I didn’t know to do this before) and to re-cut the stems regularly.

Back to my lovely flowers…

Prestige flowers christmas bouquet

A very pretty Christmas bouquet that anyone lucky enough to receive, would, I’m sure, be very happy with.  It included red and pink roses, gorgeous vibrant lime green coloured shamrock blooms, some sort of green berries (sorry I’m no expert), with cinnamon sticks and pine cones… oh and topped off with a bit of sparkle – always a winner in my book!

Christmas bouquet

Christmas flowers

Prestige flowers

Ooooh how lovely.

So, how long did my bouquet last?

Well I’m delighted to say that they lasted a good week and a half without me having to throw any of the stems away.  The berries are still looking lovely but the roses are finished now.

I will of course be keeping the cinnamon sticks and pine cones for crafting purposes at Christmas (haha look out for that one around Christmas time).

christmas berries

I’m not sure how much this bouquet is as it’s from their new Haute florist Christmas flowers range launching in December, but you can view their current Christmas flowers category on the Prestige website.  I can’t therefore give a value for money review, but they were certainly very pretty and if I received them at Christmas I would be a very happy girlie indeed.

Thank you very much Prestige Flowers.

Do you like cut flowers or prefer to see them growing in their natural habitat?

Carpe Diem x

I was kindly sent this Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers for the purpose of review, but all thoughts are entirely my own and I will always be honest.

I’m also linking this post with Jess from Mummy of boy girl twins and Caro from The Twinkle Diaries for their ‘HomeEtc‘ linky which is fab for home-y and garden inspirational blogs. I love it!

Home Etc

My week in pictures #18

I’m here just a day late with ‘My week in pictures‘.

This is where, in a bid to take more photos, I set myself a little challenge to take at least one photo each day in an attempt to capture simple every day moments – those little moments that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked.  Sometimes the littlest things can actually turn out to be the most special.

I then choose one for each day and share them with you as a little peek into how my week panned out.  It’s my weekly visual feast.

I’m also over on Instagram where more of my daily photos appear – you can take a look at my gallery and follow me here if you like.

So here’s last week’s which commenced Monday, 5 October and photos go from top to bottom, left to right:

weekly collage

Monday:  MrD and I had a trip to West Quay in Southampton – strangely I was sat outside the men’s changing room in John Lewis!!  Make out of that what you will!

Tuesday:  Lunch at the gorgeous Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington – thoroughly recommended.

Wednesday:  Time for the autumn nails and scarves to make an appearance.  Loving this colour too.

Thursday:  MrD and I, oh and the pooch, had a gorgeous walk along the beach to Sandbanks.  The weather was great and I got some really nice pics on my phone – should have taken my big camera, grrrr!  You can read my a daycation to Sandbanks in Poole post for more pics.

Friday:  I received a Christmas bouquet from the lovely people at Prestige Flowers – yes you read that right, a Christmas bouquet.  Look out for a review post coming up on them soon.

Saturday:  My gorgeous MasterB who for once, let me take some quick (and I mean quick) snaps of him when out on a walk.

Sunday:  Ooops it was chocolates and a glass of good old Blush Sunday night whilst watching the tv.

Awwwww it was a great week all in all last week – MrD and I had some time off together and so it was all about spending quality time together.  Lovely – thank you.

Have a great week.

Carpe Diem x