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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The nice parts of an ice storm





Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Door Handle

Rustic barn door handle, on the side of a small barn in the Orchards of the the Dundas Valley Conservation Area

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Picture link



Pictures of the Day: Philippines and Elsewhere
Photos from the Philippines, Virginia, France and Serbia.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ieper at 8 pm

Every night at 8.00pm  a moving ceremony takes place under the Menin Gate in Ieper . The Last Post Ceremony has become part of the daily life in Ieper  and the local people are proud of this simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defense of their town.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

After visiting the Trench of Death

Time to reflect.. and the best place for it is right across the entrance to the trenches. A bar the "Dodengang"
and the pictures on the wall do not hide anything
Cheers and reflect 





Trench of Death



This site where, regiment after regiment, the entire Belgian army toiled, fought and struggled for life, was the heart of the resistance until the morning of the glorious offensive of 28 September 1918. It remains one of the most evocative reminders of the war in the Westhoek. A kilometre (0.6 mile)-long network of revetments, saps and dug-outs, the trench was one of the most dangerous Belgian positions on the Western Front, situated just 50 metres (55 yards) from a German bunker. As a result, it was subjected to almost constant fire from German snipers and machine guns. - See more at: http://www.visitflanders.us


Monday, November 4, 2013

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery

 Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery ( Photo Peter Haentjens )


Reviers is a village lying 18 km east of Bayeux, 15 km north west of Caen and 4 km south of Courseulles-sur-Mer. The cemetery lies on the north side of the main road 1 km east of Reviers.

Historical Information
The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944.

Many of those buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery were men of the 3rd Canadian Division who died either on 6 June or during the early days of the advance towards Caen, when the Division engaged a German battle group formed from the 716th Division and the 21st Panzer Division.

The cemetery contains 2,048 Second World War burials, the majority Canadian, and 19 of them unidentified

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A little song as we get closer to Nov 11

Willem vermandere Duizend soldaten





Als ge van ze leven in de westhoek passeert
Deur regen en noorderwinden
Keert omme den tijd als g' alhier passeert
Den oorlog ga j' hier were vinden

Ja 't is den oorlog da 'j hier were vindt
En 't graf van duizend soldaten
Altijd iemands vader altijd iemands kind
Nu doodstil en godverlaten

Laat de bomen nu maar zwijgen en dat 't gras niets verteld
En de wind moet 't ook maar nie zingen
Dat julder'n dood tot niets hè geteld
Dat waren al te schik'lijke dingen

Zeg 't gaat al goed der is welvaart in 't land
En de vrede ligt vast in de wetten
We maken wel wapens maar met veel meer verstand
Maar just om den oorlog te beletten

En grote raketten atoom in den top
We meugen toch experimenteren
We mikken wel ne keer naar mekaar zijne kop
Maar just om ons 't amuseren

Als ge van ze leven in de westhoek passeert
Deur regen en noorderwinden
Keert omme den tijd als g' alhier passeert
Den oorlog ga j' hier were vinden

Ja 't is den oorlog da 'j hier were vindt
En 't graf van duizend soldaten
Altijd iemands vader altijd iemands kind
Duizend en duizend soldaten (3x)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lest we forget

The St. Julien Memorial is a Canadian war memorial and small commemorative park located in the village of Saint-Julien (West Flemish: Sint-Juliaan), Belgium