Saturday, 9 June 2018

Poppies from the Weeping Window

In 2014  there was  a display of poppies at the Tower of London
to remember the  100 year anniversary of the First World war,
 not every one was able to visit our capital city to see this awesome display.
Between 2015 and 2018 venues were chosen all around the UK
for  two  Poppies sculptures to go on Tour
On Tuesday this week we were able to go and see the 'Weeping Window'
at Carlisle Castle.

On the left the view of the castle as we walked over the green, you can see the poppies falling from the turret. 

This visit was awe inspiring and I created a page  in my journal for me to remember the occasion

I used, brusho colours on  a wipe to for  the background,
using stamps, stencils, scraps of
leaf die cuts and a fussy cut watercoloured stamped poppy.
I also stamped the quote which I think was a good one to use for the page.
We must never forget .

I will be joining friends over at
 Art Journal Journey
and Gill's theme of...... Inspired by'...............

Here are a few photos of the sculpture

This photo is the entrance to the Keep just on the right side a the stone staircase. I missed most of this from the photo as I was trying to avoid   getting people in the photo.
So it was a hot day and there were a few stairs to negotiate to get onto the castle walls, but in the next photo you can see
that [for me] it was well worth going up.

You could walk under the arc of poppies  on  the castle wall,
before it tumbled over to sweep down the  lower wall and onto the grass.

Thank you for calling in to see me today,
you are always very welcome here


  1. A beautiful piece of art Yvonne. The Poppy display at the castle is awe inspiring ! "Lest we forget "


  2. Oh wow this is amazing-thank you so much for sharing-how awesome to be able to see this up close

  3. That is a really cool poppy exhibit. You were lucky you were able to see it as it looks so amazing. ANd you page is amazing and what a great inspiration. I am glad you shared it with us. :) happy rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

  4. wow that poppy exhibit is amazing, the sculpture is awesome.
    Beautiful page love it.xx

  5. I was of the impression the people who designed the ceramic poppies numbered them and sold them prior to their ever being displayed at the Tower of London. I remember Helen (Stamping by H and Photos by H) ordered one and received it right after the display was removed in November of that year. I'm so glad there is a display which rivals that of the Tower. And of course, I'm delighted you got to see it, too.

    I also think your beautiful poppy really will be a great remembrance for you. That stamp is lovely, and so is your coloring of it. The quote is quite positive, thoughtful, and most of all, memorable.

    This is a lovely journal entry, great photos of the event, and a joy for us that you shared it with Art Journal Journey.

  6. How lovely to have the poppies at Carlisle now, they were so beautiful at the tower, very impressive. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. Your journal page is gorgeous, a beautiful way to remember. Have a nice Sunday, hugs, Valerie

  7. This poppy display is out of the world - just AMAZING! Simply gorgeous ! I am so happy you shared this wonderful photos and your unique memory - page! It is so beautiful as well - a wonderful background and so much depth again with the layers of stamps and die cuts! AWESOME! Thank you for such a wonderful post linked to Art Journal Journey
    dear Yvonne! Happy Sunday ! Love from Susi

  8. Oh that is amazing - thanks for showing your photos of this beautiful sculpture Yvonne.
    The page you created inspired by that is just gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing what inspired you and joining in at AJJ.
    Gill xx

  9. Hello Yvonne, finally I have time for another blog round. This page and all the others are beautiful as always.
    Greetings Carola

  10. You made a beautiful page, Yvonne and the photos are very impressive. Lenie x

  11. A fabulous page Yvonne and I loved seeing your photos from the poppy display at Carlisle Castle, it looks amazing.
    Avril xx

  12. Your floating colors on the background of your nice poppy image looks amazing. Thank you for the wonderful photos of this big poppy Artwork, it is fantastic wow. What a idea!
    Dear Greetings

  13. Oh Yvonne i'm forever inspired by the Poppy as it reminds me of my Dear Grandad. What a treat to be able to visit the display at the castle, it truly looks amazing. Your journal page and words flow so well together. A delicate and beautiful piece of artwork. Thank you for sharing it's beauty along with the photography.
    Creative Hugs for a wonderful weekend ahead.
    Tracey xx

  14. I just read your question "Am I right in thinking it was the outside privy[W.C.] for the house?"

    Yes, Yvonne. Here in the States we called it the OUTHOUSE. They often smelled bad and there were often lots of flies buzzing around inside during the summer. I'm glad this one was NOT functional!

    It seems Queen Elizabeth I was the first to have one in her home. Building an indoor water closet wasn't much of a problem. The problem was the smell that stayed in the home. The problem with outhouses was they not only smelled, they became contaminated and caused typhus and typhoid fever if built too close to well water. More than you wanted to know, I'm sure!

  15. I love your page Yvonne, the poppy's beautiful and I love your photos.
    xxx Hazel.

  16. Such an amazing poppy display you got to see!! Wonderful page inspired by your visit!

  17. Such a beautiful sight, how lucky you are to have been able to see this wondrous display! I love the quote on the journal page, it's so appropriate in this day & age!

    Sally xx

  18. So gorgeous page Yvinne !! Your poppy is wonderful, and I love the background and the fabulous quote!!. These photos are incredible!! thank you very much for sharing them with us. I wisht you a very nice evening, big hugs, Caty

  19. I love your journal page and can certainly see where your inspiration came from! That arch is quite spectacular! We saw the poppies on tour at Lincoln Castle - they are quite a sight! Hugs, Chrisx

  20. The poppies look stunning, I remember them in London and it’s just amazing how they are on tour, it must take ages to construct them so beautifully :-) . Your page to remember them is perfect and I so enjoyed seeing your photos too, they look magnificent! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you had a lovely weekend! J x