Two Soldiers of Craigdarroch

| June 29, 2020

Revisiting Earlier Research This night I delve into past research to find a few words for the day. Amongst my work, from late 2014 – early 2015, I find references about two soldier graves at Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C. As many of you are aware, I often turn to Ross Bay…its finely kept grounds […]

In Love and Light

| April 19, 2020

“Everything Starts With Light”. Ara Güler Photojournalist. The Eye of Istanbul.  Dearest Mother Peace, I passed your way this morning to climb an old friend…Mt. Tolmie…to see this city…to visit a solitary tree near to its crest. A bonfire here once signaled an ending…for miles around all were made aware, from its flame, of a […]

To Common Folks and Kings

| November 3, 2018

The Great War Poets: The Known and Unknown Brooke, Sassoon, Owen, Ledwidge, Graves, Blunden, McCrae, Rosenberg, Kipling..names of some of the Great War’s many poets. Who has not read a poem of the Great War?…In Flanders Fields the poppies blow…Some better known than others. Some poets famous for a body of work; others for a […]

Beside a Prince and a Private

| August 13, 2018

Thread Nine The considerable work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission [CWGC] is evident across the globe. I have visited their work at many sites in Canada and North West Europe, Malta, and Turkey. Headstones and memorials require continual maintenance and often I have been delighted to see their work in progress as gardeners and […]

Canada’s Last 100 Days of the Great War

| July 8, 2018

Near to an ending? The passing days of centenary have provided several opportunities to pause and think upon celebration, commemoration, reconciliation. Now near to the end, those of us who have chosen to venture into the marshes of conflict must come to terms with 100 years plus one, plus two and so on. Although centenaries […]