One Four Challenge – week 2

 Craigflower Farm and Remembrance Day

The second installment of Robyn Gosby’s  One Four Challenge 

A soft focus, vignette and a filter in Perfect Effects gave it a soft water colour and vintage look. Craigflower Farm  is a Victoria, BC, Heritage site and is across the road from where I live.

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Craigflower Farm at a century’s turn- One Four Challenge #2

She watched and waited, hoping to see the children walking home from the old school house just over the bridge. It was only a short distance away.  She thought wistfully of the summer that would soon arrive and with it all the cotillions, ceilidhs, and socials that had sprung up since the days of the old fort.

The children are late she thought, but at any moment now she would hear their footsteps and  laughter. She often thought she heard a long sigh flowing by the farm. She didn’t recognize the exhale of time and so, the old house watched and waited as she always had.  ( from my short story Craigflower Farm)

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One Four Challenge #1

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And as my poppies are in keeping with Remembrance Day

The Rankin family- Fare thee well, love

This statue stands at the Vancouver Train Station where so many stood and said goodbye  before heading off into the frightening unknown of two world wars.   The sculpture was created after World War I to remind us of their sacrifice, and to celebrate the fallen and all who served.

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields– John McCraesoldiersig

 

The tumult and the shouting dies;
   The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
   An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget! -R Kipling from Recessional