I’m writing this on the evening of the centenary of the end of the First World War. I’m also half-watching the Strictly Come Dancing results show on TV which is a little light relief after an emotional day. I always find Remembrance Sunday a poignant day but there has been so much in the press about the 100 year anniversary that I felt even more tuned into the day than usual. Often I have been on air at QVC and have led into and/or out of the two minute silence, hard to do with respect and reverence but without letting my voice catch with emotion.
Today, though, my husband Olley and I could join with our local community to honour those who gave their lives to secure our freedom. It was a moving ceremony. As we walked down Marlow High Street to the memorial cross the Town Band were playing Abide With Me, which immediately brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat, and that continued most of the morning!
Also moving is the tribute of 146 white crosses on our local village green, pictured at the top of this post. Each cross represents a life lost by a member of our village in either WWI or WWII. Many of the soldiers who died were younger than my two boys, Charlie and Billy, and several families lost more than one of their loved ones.
It’s hard to imagine the anguish those parents, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters felt when they heard the news – pain that has been felt by too many more families since those those wars too. And of course, we must not forget the suffering of those whose lives have not ended but have been permanently altered in seen and unseen ways by their experience of conflict. We remember them all.
On a lighter note (pardon the pun…!) let me tell you, or rather show you, what our Today’s Special Value on Wednesday will be. From Amanda Holden’s stunning BundleBerry range, it’s a stylish, contemporary light. It has a special firework effect in the oversized lamp, which is full of long lasting LED bulbs, and a trio of legs, hence the name ‘Firework lightbulb tripod lamp’! It’s actually available to buy here right now. You might recognise the three infinity glass spheres at the feet of the lamp in one of my photos – a TSV this time last year they are still available in three colours at a discounted price.
I have to admit to being a bit of a sucker for Amanda’s range – I also have her concrete lamp which is now down in price from £87 to under £32 and her mugs. I’ve given the top rated baskets, 26 out of 27 reviews are five star, to Bex to help keep baby Zoe’s things tidy – they combine practicality with beauty – rather like Amanda herself! She will be with Craig at midnight on Wednesday to launch the new TSV and then with Simon and myself on the Morning Show at 9am and for BundleBerry hours at 1pm and 8pm. If you fancy decorating your home BundleBerry style this Christmas, I do hope you can join us.
Take care, and best wishes to you.