Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day is an important day for New Zealand and Australia.  We stop to remember those who fought in wars.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is obviously an imposing sight.  On occasions when I've walked past it, it has always struck me as slightly incongruous to see loads of busy workers striding past without giving it a glance.  So much history is held within those walls, much of it grisly. 

Just take the executions that have taken place there – Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard plus others who had also incurred the wrath of a monarch.

And then there were the 2 young boys who probably came to their deaths in the Tower at the hands of a member of their family.

Of course, some of the people imprisoned there did get out – and in Princess Elizabeth's case, she became Queen of England.

The Tower even held Rudolf Hess prisoner for 4 days in 1941!  He was the last prisoner to be held there.

The Tower was enlarged and fortified first by William the Conqueror – but later monarchs extended the castle considerably.  It was more or less complete in 1285.

The Tower wasn't just a prison for important prisoners. It also held an arsenal of weapons, the Crown's Treasury and later on the Crown Jewels.

This is the Imperial State Crown – that must be a huge strain on the neck and spine to wear!
I got the idea to re-visit the Tower after seeing this year's spectacular poppy event in the moat of the Tower – how fabulous did that look!

Friday, 24 April 2015

St Mark the Evangelist

Tomorrow is the feast day of St Mark the Evangelist – this is the Mark of the Gospel according to St Mark.  He is also remembered as St Mark the Lion Hearted.  I chose this icon to show you because I though he had lovely kind eyes.

Food on Friday: Curries


Food on Friday heads into the world of spices today with the theme being Curries.

To add your curries, just put the name of the dish together with your blog name/name into the first Mr Linky box you will find below.  Then paste the url for your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning the dishes to this Pinboard which will make it easy for you to check them out at a glance.  The 66 links from the October 2012 party are also on that board.

I'm looking forward to seeing all your curries.