Whilst in Belgium this summer we visited the amazing Yser Tower in Diksmuide. The tower contains the Ijzer museum which is an awesome experience.
Not only is the panoramic view from the top of the tower of Flanders breathtaking but the journey down the tower will make you seriously question your knowledge and feelings war. As well as seeing the reality of life in the trenches, you can also experience it first hand as you pass through the pitch black corridors of the twelfth floor surrounded by the sounds of soldiers gasping for breath. Truly haunting.
The message of the museum is clear – no more war. It was after this visit that I was inspired to purchase a white poppy. A poppy for peace.
This stunning white poppy was created by the amazing Grainne at Glassworks. She designed and created this white poppy exactly as I requested. It looks stunning on our window and is a permanent reminder of the importance of peace.
I have also recently visited The Weeping Window at Woodhorn in Northumberland. 5,200 ceramic poppies which represent lives lost during world war one. These are part of the display that was originally at The Tower of London. The majority of the poppies were sold to the public but these were kept so that the installation could tour the country. Another display is currently at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The art work is very moving and has been seen by thousands of visitors during its time at Woodhorn. The archives at Woodhorn contain documents which start to tell the stories of some of the 5,200 whose lives are marked by these poppies. We looked at the very basic information contained on the application forms and medical examinations of some of these young men and at the devastating telegrams which informed their families of their fates.
What better reason can you think of to wear a white poppy for peace this December?
More information about the poppies and their tour of Britain here.
Yesterday was the launch of a gorgeous new gift shop and gallery in Whitley Bay. The Gallery @ Papercuts is the brain child of Saffron and Pat. Located at the back of a successful craft shop, this pop up shop is destined to be a huge success. I have filled four cubes with a mixture of hoops, memo boards and jewellery – some of which sold before I could even take a photo!
The gallery contains an array of beautiful art, jewellery, cosmetics, gifts and even preserves. The is certain to be something for everyone!
It had been five years since our amazing honeymoon so we decided it was time to go abroad again. We loved Bruges and knew that my parents would too so Belgium was easily decided upon. My dad stumbled across Sabine’s amazing house on booking.com. The price was reasonable, the location looked good and it was available so we booked it (and spent months drooling over the amazing photos).
In reality, it was even better than in the photographs!
The house itself was quirky and unique, full of antiques and Sabine’s art. The garden was breathtaking. Full of quirky items, beautiful potted plants and a cheeky kitten who snuck in from next door!
Next to the house is Sabine’s gallery. It is a little piece of heaven (especially with a glass of wine in your hand).
Her art is totally unique and the detail amazing. Standing nose to nose with some of her massive pieces I could see the reflections in the eyes of her faces. A detail that was totally hidden from only a few feet away.
Belgium was fantastic. The sun shone. The food was fantastic. The architecture amazing. Belgium – we love you!