Sunday, December 7, 2008

1914 ceasefire Joyeux Noel

We have just watched a film on tv, Joyeux Noel, based on when the Germans, French, and Scots declared a cease fire for Christmas night on the front in 1914. The soldiers then sang, shared drinks and buried their dead comrades in the snow, and played football in "No mans land".

Makes you think with Christmas approaching that even if you haven't got much it is good to be at home with the people who love you. So it makes me think about people in the armed forces away from home. What a mixed up world we live in.
On Saturday I walked around Fougeres, it was sunny and the sky was blue, no snow here in this part of France. So much rain has fallen that the force of water at the castle was extremely powerful, the sluice gates were open and the water roared.

So while others were doing their Christmas shopping I wandered around the park, and streets which have some lovely old timbered buildings.

I saw some interesting boxes, not for presents!
This one is near the castle.

This box is in the Jardin Public.

This one in a street near the old timbered houses. Just in case you didnt know, to cease fire cesser-le-feu.

Box is boîte.


French Fancy said...

Those are lovely boxes, Blu. You do keep your eyes open when you walk around - if you know what I mean. I'm usually looking at the ground trying to avoid stepping in either mud or dog poo - got to protect one's shoes or boots at all times :)

(although I do sometimes look up because of the surprising things one can sometimes see on rooftops)

Blu said...

Those boxes are actually all tucked away in corners, but then so lovely when you spot them.

Carol and Chris said...

I agree with FF....those boxes are stunning!! (what are they for?)

C x

Blu said...

elec trickery!! boxes

bindu said...

Such interesting boxes! I love the one with ferns painting on them.

Roy Evan Burstiner said...

I heard about this story a long time ago, & thought it was great & always thought tit would make a very good movie. Now the version I heard about this is that the soldiers all got to know each other so well that when the cease fire was over, the soldiers didnt want to fire on each others enemies. And that the command on each side had to replace those soldiers in the trenches. Maybe somone could tell us if that was actually true. I guess it's a take on the old theory, that if all soldiers knew each other personally they would never attack each other. -Roy