Today was easy – in fact I actually found it hard to limit it to just three…
Day 2 positives
1. Sunshine! Such a simple thing, but the warm air, blue skies and sun on my skin just makes me feel so much better.
2. A visit to Windsor followed by a family dinner at a local pub. Well, you can’t have someone over from the US and not take them to see a castle now, can you?
3. ‘We will remember them.’ My volunteer place is confirmed – I am delighted and honoured to help bring Paul Cummins’ WW1 commemorative art installation in the Tower of London’s moat to life. Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red is going to be the most stunning centennial tribute marking 100 years since Britain went to war at 11pm on 4 August 1914. I’ll be one of at least 8,000 volunteers assembling and planting 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat – one for every British life lost. The last one will be fixed in place on Armistice Day, 11 November, symbolically marking the end of the Great War. I read a poignant statement from the Tower’s Head of Ops, Col Brown, who said the installation is ‘a dynamic thing which will grow and grow and then, suddenly, go away.’ Volunteer applications are still being taken on the Historic Royal Palace website!