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This wonderful poem by Laurence Binyon so captures the season! Here in England, it will soon be Bonfire Night and that, together with Poppy Day (Remembrance Day) creates such a sense of nostalgia and pensiveness. This year there seem to be more colours than ever in the fallen leaves and the autumnal days of late have been particularly beautiful. This picture was taken today at Temple Newsam.

Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.
They go to the fire; the nostril pricks with smoke
Wandering slowly into a weeping mist
Brittle and blotched, ragged and rotten sheaves!
A flame seizes the smouldering ruin and bites
On stubborn stalks that crackle as they resist.

                                            Wandering slowly into a weeping mist


The last hollyhock’s fallen tower is dust;
All the spices of June are a bitter reek,
All the extravagant riches spent and mean.
All burns! The reddest rose is a ghost;
Sparks whirl up, to expire in the mist: the wild
Fingers of fire are making corruption clean.

The last hollyhock’s fallen tower is dust;
All the spices of June are a bitter reek,
All the extravagant riches spent and mean.
All burns! The reddest rose is a ghost;
Sparks whirl up, to expire in the mist: the wild
Fingers of fire are making corruption clean.
Now is the time for stripping the spirit bare,
Time for the burning of days ended and done,
Idle solace of things that have gone before:
Rootless hope and fruitless desire are there;
Let them go to the fire, with never a look behind.
The world that was ours is a world that is ours no more.

They will come again, the leaf and the flower, to arise
From squalor of rottenness into the old splendour,
And magical scents to a wondering memory bring;
The same glory, to shine upon different eyes.
Earth cares for her own ruins, naught for ours.
Nothing is certain, only the certain spring.

 

 

 

 

Here is a beautiful site about Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Isle of Wight:

http://www.lordalfredtennyson.com

 

A really interesting and lovely interview with ‘Miss Read’ – the author of the Thrush Green series and many more books beside….

Interview with ‘Miss Read’

 

Monarchies in the First World War.

Meet the Family 2 – The Grandchildren.

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Royalties In The First World War.