Hello hello! Welcome to the blog.
Sadly Amy isn't able to do the Five on Friday link-up today due to family illness but hopefully you will enjoy this mixed bag of five odds and ends that have caught my attention this week. I haven't mentioned the US election but do send my best wishes to those over the pond who have many things to think about with the election of Donald Trump.
One - Armistice Day
Today is Armistice Day marking the day when the First World War came to an end in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and poppies are in abundance to remind us of all those who died for us in all wars. A two minute silence will be held at 11 am to remember reverently the glorious dead, a ceremony started by King George V in 1919. Our ceramic poppy from the Tower of London artwork is back on display and the local Council has planted large poppies on all the roundabouts as a mark of respect. Wreaths of poppies will be laid at The Cenotaph in London and at other services around the country on Remembrance Sunday this weekend.
Two - Biodiversity
The local Council also manage the many open spaces and nature reserves in the area to ensure sites of special scientific interest are protected so that wildlife thrives, important heather moors, grasslands and forests are conserved. As part of this activity, you often come across gates on footpaths with notices attached warning that cattle are currently grazing in the area. They are moved around the different areas to munch on the tasty plants to ensure the biodiversity of the area improves naturally. Here they are in the meadows, lovely to see the young calves as well.
Three - M&S
Marks & Spencer have announced that they will be closing 60 clothing stores but opening 200 smaller food only shops, to reflect the current customer preferences. As a quick trip to the local branch at The Meadows was in order, I took the opportunity to check that no changes had occurred to the cheese scones in the café and can confirm that not only were they as delicious as usual, the little shortbread Christmas trees are now accompanying the coffees.
Four - The Crown
I have thoroughly enjoyed the new Netflix series, The Crown. Luckily my Radio Times magazine gave us a free sign up to Netflix to be able to watch it. It's a glorious production full of good writing, acting, costumes and sets. I haven't been able to spot a neighbour within the supporting cast yet, maybe I need to watch it again! However, we have visited some of the beautiful properties filmed and they are currently busy filming more episodes. Hurrah!
Andy Murray has become the no.1 tennis player in the world. As an avid fan of the tennis, I was so delighted that he made it earlier than he thought he would. What an excellent year he's had especially with the birth of his first child. He's been playing tennis at a time when there have been so many wonderful players, it's taken a long time to reach the no.1 spot but he has constantly striven to get better and hasn't given up.
Thanks very much for calling in. I hope you have a great week.