Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red


Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is the name of the project, created by Paul Cummins, for the sea of red ceramic poppies which are currently being ‘planted’ at the Tower of London as a memorial to mark the centenary of the start of World War I.  Each poppy represents 1 British or Commonwealth soldier who lost their life in the war – 880,246.  The poppies will all be planted in time for Armistice Day on 11 November and then have all been sold for charity.

Last Sunday, we paid a visit to this remarkable project, along with countless of thousands of other people.  We also took the opportunity to visit the Crown Jewels and walk the ramparts of the Tower.


One of our daughter’s volunteered to plant some of the poppies at the beginning of October – here she is making up the poppies and posing with a Beefeater.

Ally Poppy plantingAlly Poppy 1Ally & BeefeaterDo try to visit this amazing sight before the 11th November if you are able to!

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2 thoughts on “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

  1. C’est magnifique Janet, quelle belle idée. Mais quand on réalise que chaque coquelicot représente une vie fauchée par la guerre, cela fait froid dans le dos .

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