On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Litlebritdifrnt.

I thought I would send some more photographs from my trip to the National Arboretum as I mentioned some of them in the captions but did not attach photos because of the limit of 5.

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This gives a good overview of the expanse of the site. Like I said previously it could get days to visit all of the memorials.

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While the men were serving overseas the women stepped in and took over these important tasks. It was a little known effort in the wars but fortunately there was an excellent BBC drama several years ago that depicted the girls from cities that joined up and learned farming. It was hard work, long days, and little or no reward, but it kept the nation fed.

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It was very simple, but beautiful.

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This was another one that hit me hard. I lost several friends during the conflict and I still shed a tear when I think of them.

Taken on 2018-06-10 00:00:00

National Service was our version of the Draft.


Thank you so much Litlebritdifrnt, do send us more when you can.


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9 replies
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    JPL says:

    Littlebrit, I always appreciate your photos, since they offer a bit of British history.

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    Central Planning says:

    So Litlebritdifrnt… are you aware you tilt your phone to the right when taking pictures? I turn on the grid lines on my phone to help me get pictures level.

    Anyway, the National Arboretum looks like an interesting place to visit. Thanks for the pics!

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    Excellent photos with very moving and historically informative content. Thanks for sharing. We hope to travel to UK within next coupe of years to spent a few weeks, two days in London in 2015 on our way back from several weeks in Europe was hardly time to really get a feel for life there.My family traces back to Cheshire, my forefathers came over in mid-1600s to America. My wife has roots in Wales over two centuries back. Again, excellent photos, thanks for sharing.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Thanks for these. The granite Star of David memorial is heart-grabbing in its beautiful simplicity.

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    arrieve says:

    Thanks, Litlebritdifrnt. I love the crown on the National Service monument. It’s so very British.

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    eclare says:

    Beautiful memorials

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    raven says:

    I had it in my mind that at least one SAS trooper lay still and froze to death rather than give up his position but I can’t find it anywhere?

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    stinger says:

    Wonderful photos of what looks like a beautiful place. I googled it the last time you posted photos of it, and apparently the National Memorial Arboretum is more or less smack dab in the middle of the country (such as you can have with an irregularly shaped island). That’s nice, making access relatively equal for all Britons. If ever I get back to GB I’ll make a point of visiting it.

    I want to be a Lumber Jill!

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @Central Planning: Actually I don’t have a camera on my phone so these were with my actual camera and have to admit to just very shoddy photography skills.

    @raven: I had never heard that! However one of my favorite stories was this: A British Army Platoon was using a small hut in the middle of nowhere and were led by a very wet nosed, chinless wonder 2nd Lt., with his Sgt. Major “minder”. At some point they were plotting their next move in the hut when some long haired, bearded, swarthy types walked in the door and told the troops to vacate the premises as this was “their” hut. 2nd Lt. got all uppity and started with “I say good man, I don’t know who you are but you are not going to order us around” The men glared at him. Sgt. Major said “no problem mate were out of here” 2nd Lt. “Sgt. Maj. I will not…..” at which point the Sgt. Maj. tugged on his arm, and whispered in his ear “They’re fucking SAS Sir” The troops left.

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