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The Centenary Commemoration of the start of WW1

At 11pm on 4 August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, 11 hours after Germany had invaded Belgium, a neutral country and a country that Britain had a long standing treaty to protect.  The German’s had wrongly thought the agreement a mere ‘scrap of paper’; and so began a global human tragedy.  Lasting for 4 years, the war mobilised 65 million men; more than 21 million people died including 13 million civilians.  With these sobering thoughts in mind, I walked with the Tribe to our local church, St Mary’s, for a vigil service commemorating the centenary outbreak of the First World War. Continue reading The Centenary Commemoration of the start of WW1

A Family Afternoon at Amport Fete

A rather belated post, but life has been moving at quite a pace and my writing time is currently sitting at the bottom of the list of stuff to do; the end of term for the Tribe and the summer holidays is the obvious reason.  We have never been to the Amport Fete before, but as two of the Tribe were still at Amport School, we obviously felt that we should go along and we had heard that it was a lovely family day.  It is held annually on Amport Green and is another quintessentially English setting particularly this year with the weather forecast of thunder, lightening and downpours in between warm sunshine!  As soon as we arrive, the Boy and Gerald Durrell run off to find their school friends; the Eldest soon joins them with the Littlest while I make a beeline for the bric-a-brac stand where a friend from school is helping out. Continue reading A Family Afternoon at Amport Fete