11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918; World War One came to an end.
The 11th of November is a recognised date that falls each year with a heavy heart, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day. Poppies worn with pride and the country remembers those who fell in the war, be that the First World War or the wars that followed.
This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on the 10th of November. This particular date has a special meaning for us, as it’s my Grandparents, Denise’s Parents, Wedding Anniversary.
Together, my Grandparents owned a greeting card and picture framing shop in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, named Fountain Square Gallery. A shop where, as a child, I spent many hours playing with the till and counting customers change in a rather slow fashion.
My Grandma ran the shop front selling cards, and in the back, my Grandpa was busy picture framing. It was a good thing, but unfortunately, couldn’t last forever, so when the time came, my Grandparents retired. Upon its closure, my Mum inherited a lot of its contents, be that cards, prints, even the framing machines! These bits and bobs have lived in the Deni-Deni studio ever since, and yesterday, while hunting for tissue paper, I came across the print you see. This Poppy print was part of the stock in my Grandparents shop and is showing its age with a £1.99 price label; I’m not sure you could get a print for this price in 2019!
I couldn’t help but smile. To me, this print is a little nod to my Grandparents shop and anniversary, but also the Poppies of Remembrance Sunday.
Sadly, my Grandma is no longer with us, but this Sunday, much like most days, we will be thinking of her.