When I was 6 years old I met the Queen.. I gave her flowers and she shook my hand and smiled. The same year I watched the wedding of Charles & Diana on TV. Both these events gave me an interest in Royalty and in Britain.. The history of the British monarchy is fascinating and I don't think Friday will be any exception.. We'll be having a little celebration here with a few British things.. How about you?
Today I remember my Grandfather, a Sergeant in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II. He was responsible for getting the (hopelessly inadequate) Australian fighter planes in the air, in the middle of the Papua New Guinea jungle. He was also responsible for many men, some of whom he watched be taken away with 'shell shock', some killed in action. Men who had spoken to him about their hopes and dreams of having a family and building a life back home in Australia. Men who had sobbed with anguish after killing a Japanese soldier in self defence and then finding the picture they carried of their wife and children back in Japan .. "decency in the face of dreadful odds". My Grandfather always cried when he spoke about his men. He received the highest award in the Australian Air Force and I doubt they could have had a better Sergeant, despite the fact that he was only 19.
My Grandfather was the finest person I have ever met. For this reason, and so many others, Anzac Day holds a special place in my heart. The Anzacs did so much for us and for the world.
The study isn't quite finished..we still have some painting, framing, window treatments and other little things to do.. but this is it so far. I'm definitely not going to win any decorating or design awards! We are limited in this room by doors on either side. But my husband seems to love it and I do too..
We decided not to spend much money in here so I chose free standing shelves instead of custom cabinetry. The shelves are from Ikea and cover most of the wall.. all for $350! I filled the space above with frames. Three of the pictures are painted by the talented Kerri Shipp, the rest are from Vintage Printables and The Graphics Fairy..
My daughter Charlotte is 5 and at times she seems so grown up. She loves trying to read and write at the moment and has worked out how to write notes to me..
I've received one of these each day for the past week and they are very precious. Watching my children grow up is so bittersweet. I love watching them grow like this but I also miss all the lovely little things they used to do.
Bridget..my 3 year old.. is too young to write but she draws these beautiful pictures and they are her way of saying I love you..
I had a scrapbook to put them in but then I found the perfect journal from Kikki K (above). Now I'll always have them.. they are something to be treasured xx