In the UK (and this might be a worldwide thing, I’m not sure, but it’s definitely a UK wide thing), November is Poppy Month. It’s not just Remembrance Day. For the whole month of November virtually everyone donates a bit of spare change to buy a paper poppy that they pin to their coat / jacket, to remember the fallen and support their families. I always lost my poppy after a couple of days, so every year I’d buy somewhere between ten and twenty. There’s something really lovely about walking around London, all grey and miserable and rainy (November is NOT a pleasant month in the UK), and seeing little red poppies on everyone’s jackets. It brightens up an otherwise dismal day, and it feels like everyone is coming together over this one fantastic cause.
Since we moved to Hong Kong we haven’t been able to take part in this tradition, simply because the Poppy Appeal (the charity’s official name) didn’t seem to operate out here. But then the weekend just gone, we came across a collection box and a tray of paper poppies. Of course I had to get one for Poppy (and one for me and The Husband, all for a good cause!), so that she could do her bit to remember the fallen and support their families.
The Poppy Appeal was started after the First World War, and to commemorate its hundredth anniversary, 888,246 ceramic poppies were ‘planted’ in the moat of the Tower of London. Each one has been bought and dedicated to someone, and the money has gone to mixture of service charities. I haven’t seen this in person yet, sadly, but doesn’t it look stunning? What an amazing way to raise awareness to a very necessary cause.
Before I go I wanted to share a blooper photo with you. There were loads of bloopers, unsurprisingly, photographing an excitable puppy isn’t easy! And bless the little darling, she has some Shar Pei in her (the Chinese dogs with tons of wrinkles) so she has lots of excess skin and wrinkles around her face. If not taken at the right angles, she doesn’t always look at her prettiest….