Damp and windy greetings are sent from Southampton today. I hope everyone had a chance to "batten down the hatches" before Friday's storm hit.
I can't remember the last time it rained and rained like this. As I'm writing this, it's still raining! The wind was certainly an issue too. Anyone with waterfront properties definitely had reason for concern with the damage the tides can cause. Planned and unplanned power outages remind us how lucky we are to have the luxuries we take for granted. I haven't heard too much about flooded basements and such, but I'm sure there are some out there. My sympathies to you if you've spent time bailing water in the past few days.
I hope everyone can make it out to Southampton's Toy Bingo. It will be held Nov. 28 at the Southampton Community Center. Doors open at noon and Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Bingo enthusiasts of all ages always enjoy this yearly event.
The warmer temperatures give us a great chance to get some outside Christmas decorating done. Remember to wait until after Nov. 11 to turn on your outside Christmas lights. One holiday at a time, folks!
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 a two-minute silence is observed at war memorials and other public spaces across Canada. I thought this next piece summed it up nicely.
The First Two Minute Silence in London (11th November 1919) as reported in the Manchester Guardian, 12th November 1919.
'The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect.
The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition.
Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory brooded over it all.' From http://www.projectbritain.com/
Please wear a poppy, tell your children why we wear them, and observe two minutes of silence on Nov. 11.
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