Here's a liitle known fact about poppys and why they are used to commerate the dead of wars past. It is widely assumed that poppys are used because not only does their red colour symbolise bloodshed, but of course they also grow prolifically on the fields of Flanders where so many battles in WW1 took place. However, the symbolism goes deeper, because poppys actually grow best in earth that has been disturbed, and as peace settled once more over Flanders in 1918 the shell churned and devestated earth actually provided the best conditions imaginable for the poppys to grow, and they flourished in numbers undreamt of before the war started. It was this juxtaposition of life and death - this flourishing of life from devestated earth - that so poignantly reflected the new peace and chance of life born from the carnage of war, so the poppy became the symbol of future hope and a sacrament to the fallen. Very true. The poppy is a harvest flower which requires the land to be ploughed once a year for it's seeds to go into the earth. ten years ago the numbr of poppies in Flanders was dropping dramatically as the land was no longer disturbed. A programme of reseeding was put into action and now the poppy numbers have increased again. Saw in the paper today a plea for more sellers next year as they are several thousand short. So why, when I sent my details TWICE to the legion volunteering two months ago, was i not even contacted? huh? A note about the enamel badges. I shall be attending Chatsworth Country Fair again next September. If anyone wants an enamel badge, with money going direct to the RBL, contact me and I'll try and remember to buy enough.