Wednesday 11 November 2020

Lest We Forget

Today as we remember those who sacrificed themselves in service to Empire and in response to the commands of their Kings and countries. We must also remember that ALL the men and women who participated in WWI were "Victorians" and those who served in WWII were mostly "Edwardians".
These two titanic conflicts changed the worlds of these people in unimaginable ways. Neither the Victorians or the Edwardians, as we tend to study and re-create them, remained when the smoke and dust settled.

Not only did hundreds of thousands of them die, but the very cultural structures in which they had grown up were swept away.

In 1914 a farmer in Western Canada, a fisherman on the coasts, a labourer in the factories of Eastern Canada, or a miner in the far north, went when their King called because that was what one did.
102 years ago when the guns fell silent at 11:00 AM on November 11th they did not know that everything had changed forever, but they hoped that at least war was done with.

Alas their children found that was not true.

There are none alive now who remember the world of WWI and few indeed that remember WWII.
We owe it to them that we remember, we also owe their World, the Victorian and Edwardian World we celebrate, that it not be forgotten either.

Lest we forget.
God Save the Queen!

Photo by Neil Zeller


Tuesday 3 November 2020

November Book Tuesday

 Here are a couple of books for you to consider on this fine November Book Tuesday!

Thanks for Reading
Victorian Society of Alberta

Settling In, Early Homes of Western Canada
- by Faye Reineberg Holt

Moving and settling in have always been a part of prairie life. From teepees to soddies, mail-order houses to mansions, early homes on the Canadian prairies were as diverse as the people who lived in them.

When newcomers from other cultures and places arrived in western Canada, one of their first tasks was to build a shelter for themselves and their families. Settling In details the different lifestyles, cultural expectations, and construction techniques of First Nations, explorers, fur traders, missionaries, NWMP, and pioneer settlers as they built dwellings in the often inhospitable prairie climate and turned houses into homes.

Archival photographs provide a visual record of the enormous variety and ingenuity characteristic of early prairie architecture in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

Edwardian Farm
– by Alex Langlands, Ruth Goodman & Peter Ginn

Following on from the hit BBC series Victorian Farm, this book accompanies a new 12-part BBC series. This time, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands, and Peter Ginn take a leap forward in time to immerse themselves in an Edwardian community in the West Country. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Morwellham Quay was situated in a bustling and commercially prosperous region—a stunning rural landscape encompassing rolling farmland, wild moorland, tidal river, coast, and forest, which supported a vibrant and diverse economy. Ruth, Peter, and Alex will spend a year exploring all aspects of this working landscape—restoring boats, buildings, and equipment; cultivating crops; fishing; rearing animals; and rediscovering the lost heritage of this fascinating era as well as facing the challenges of increasingly commercial farming practices, fishing, and community events.