Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Today I headed to Tesco to buy the necessary ‘ingredients’ for a camembert and cranberry toastie and also came a way with a box of Christmas-shape gingerbread biscuits.

L O V I N G  L I F E.

Admittedly it’s not quite Christmas yet. I’ve got to hide from the sticky-faced trick or treaters this evening and coo at some fireworks before I can fully embrace the festive season.

However, I will admit that the other significant day at this time of year – Remembrance Sunday – often passes me by.

Not this year though. Last weekend, to commemorate the First World War Centenary, St Albans Cathedral hosted a light and sound installation called ‘Poppy Field’ and it was stunning.

I mean, sure, the sheer number of people was absurd; we had to queue in the freezing rain for 40 minutes to get into a cathedral that is quite literally next to our flat but but but it was worth it because when we finally got into the cathedral, the inside of the nave looked like this:

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral


The photos do not do it justice at all but I still want to share a few because I have never seen anything like it and both G and I were bowled over.

There was also a separate light show which accompanied poetry read by Eddie Redmayne, projections of the names of local families who served in the Great War and a section on the history of St Albans in the war. There was an old picture of the town hall and all the troops which I found fascinating and we learned about the soldiers who lived on the very street we live on now.

But it was the spectacular nave filled with poppies that made the freezing cold queue worthwhile.

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

Poppy Fields At St Albans Cathedral

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