The Land Girls Gate

Swiped Featured from the blog of
Ailish Sinclair – Stories and photos from Scotland.
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The Women's Land Army Memorial in Clochan - Ailish Sinclair, author

The Women’s Land Army was formed in 1917, and then again in 1939 when WWII broke out. Women as young as 17 signed up for the duration of the war and took on all forms of farming and food production. The Army was eventually disbanded in 1950. There’s lots more information about the Land Girls here.

The memorial at Clochan in Moray is a joyous piece of art, paying tribute to the women who served in the Land Army throughout Scotland. Stones from various farms across the country have been incorporated into the ground around the gate. The fact that the memorial is surrounded by working farmland feels perfectly fitting too.

Holocaust survivor celebrates 104th birthday surrounded by 400 descendants

This is the picture of triumph over evil.western-wallwestern-wall

A Holocaust survivor celebrated her 104th birthday last week at the Western Wall in Jerusalem — and for the occasion posed for a photo surrounded by about 400 of her descendants, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Centenarian Shoshana Ovitz survived the Auschwitz concentration camp 74 years ago, according to Israeli outlets. …

Read all about it:
Tamar Lapin, NY Post


Matthew 25:14-30 King James Version (KJV)

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Continue reading “Talents”

The Million Dollar Mermaid

Esther Williams (1922-2013) | The Non-Blonde

…In a popular series of MGM musicals from Bathing Beauty to the 1955 Jupiter’s Darling, Esther Williams would doff her robe, revealing a sleek one-piece swimming costume, dive into a pool and, as film critic James Agee wrote, go “lolloping in a friendly way before underwater cameras.” And, like Mickey Rooney — who, in Williams’ feature-film debut Andy Hardy’s Double Life, is so stirred by the girl’s charms that he falls twice into a swimming pool — movie fans got all wet over Esther.

Williams, who died Jun. 6 at 91 in Los Angeles, had set a national record for the 100-meeter freestyle as a teenager, but in movies her appeal wasn’t speed, or overt sexuality, but rather an easy, self-assured radiance, in or out of the water.…

Richard Corliss, Time Magazine June 13, 2013

Continue reading “The Million Dollar Mermaid”

August Persona

(and possibly tornadoes, where I live),
(unless you’re one of those south-of-the-equator people)


National Water Quality Month
National Sandwich Month
National What Will Be Your Legacy Month

What Will Your Legacy Be Month is a month for people to reflect on their past and present actions and vow to make positive changes that will affect generations. We have to remember the seeds, whether positive or negative, that we plant in our children’s lives. This observance is about making the right choices so our children and their children will make the right choices. Everything we do will grow and reflect our teachings. So teach your children well.

If last month was National Hot Dog Month, and this month is National Sandwich Month, does this prove the old argument that a hot dog is not a sandwich?

For National Water Quality Month, I was going to put up a picture of a polluted stream or brown water coming out of a tap, but all the pictures were all so ugly and horrible I just didn’t want to sully this post with them. So here’s this:

Amazing high speed photographs of honeyeater birds catching water droplets in midair as they fall out of a tap — Daily Mail

This month “was originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar…. About 700 BC, it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC (708 AUC), giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed in honor of Augustus. According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.[2] Wikipedia

Okay, I was looking for pix of kids and dogs swimming, and there are many great ones, but I found this good “water quality month” pic.

The Zodiac signs for the month of August are
Domicile (until Aug 22)
Domicile Jul 21-Aug 22
…and Breakyerbak (Aug 23 onwards)
Zodiac: Breakyerback Aug23-Sep21

Important to note: August 2 is International Beer Day

Image sources:
Soggy Sandwich: A Soup Sandwich is Just That | THE MOLLER LAW GROUP, LLC
Kids with sandwiches: Effects of Fast-foods and Snacking on Children
Beer gal:
Kid and dog, drinking: The Best Dog Breeds For Kids | Healthy Paws Pet Insurance
Domicile: Sand castle:, Old man at beach:
Backbreaking harvest: Grain Harvest and Threshing Time | Living History Farms

This post also published at Mindful Webworks: The Art of