Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Look Before You Chuck

I'm neither an early bird nor a night owl, but this week I've been getting up early and I'm really seeing the benefit of it. It's just turned 8am and I've achieved so much, it's obvious but amazing!

In unrelated news some of you may know that we've been helping Dan's Mum to clear out his Grandmother's house as she has moved. I have been offered almost all of the remaining craft items, most of which I haven't even looked at yet, but at the weekend I decided to look through the button jar as I was after something for my embroidery doodle. I found this tucked away under the buttons and beads. 


It's a Royal Artillery patch.

That side of Dan's family never talk about the war so neither of us knew what roles people had so I asked Dan to ask his Mum if this badge may have belonged to his Granddad, and it did. As you can imagine it's a huge relief that I found it in the jar and didn't just donate it to the charity shop without having a look at everything first. It will be my pleasure to pass it back to my MIL the next time I see her. 

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  1. A blessing indeed, I am sure it would have been a sad loss.

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    1. I'm sure nobody knew it was still around, otherwise my MIL would have been searching for it. It is lucky I like crafting though or it may have ended up at the charity shop or in the bin.

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  2. It's a good thing you looked, or it could of been lost forever, which would of been such a shame.

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  3. It goes without saying....
    I even go over the trash before discarding it. It started after I lost a very special knife which I believe fell into the garbage bin.

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    1. Oh, what a shame to lose the knife, it is a reminder to be careful though isn't it.

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  4. It's a Royal Artillery badge- with the motto "Everywhere that Right [or Sacred Duty] And Glory Lead.. What a fab find!!

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  5. That is an interesting find, and a great family heirloom. Part of our clutter problem is that hubs mom saved everything, then felt a need to pass on to us. I'd like ot purge, but he's afraid some priceless thing may show up in the boxes.

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    1. I know that feeling. At the moment our garage is packed, there's hardly enough room for the car. MILs house is crammed full, she has the belongings from two houses as well as her own, and she is going through everything before it is donated or taken to the tip. Progress will be even slower now I've found something that she missed so I think we may be a while before everything is dealt with.

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  6. What an interesting find - we came across similar in my MIL's house when we cleared it. I think that most people just didn't want any reminders of the war lying around the house and so tucked them away in cupboards and drawers.

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    1. I think you're right. I know where my Grandparents were during the war, and I know my Grandma kept some items related to Normandy but I have never seen it, I assume my Aunt or parents have it now.

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  7. What a cool find! And now I will be a bit more diligent instead of randomly tossing things

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    1. It was exciting to find it, especially as it is something about Dan's family he didn't know about. We do come across things like this at the charity shop, very occasionally we are able to contact the donor to ask if they would like the item back but that's very rare which is a shame.

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  8. It's a good job you checked. I suspect this is how certain personal and/or valuable items are found at charity shops. X

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    1. It is, it happens quite a lot. We even had a couple of photo albums in at the start of the year with some beautiful old pictures inside, but we had no way to contact the donor, it was tough but we did sell them in the end as it seemed so wrong to throw them away. It's actually the worst part of being at the shop when it's clear someone has passed away and their treasured items are of no value to their loved ones.

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  9. Could you stitch it onto a piece of cloth, with the translation given above, embroidered below and put it into a frame. Many older people do not talk about the war as it was so awful, their sacrafice was great. This would be a fitting way to remember their service. And will make a great gift. :) Fab that you found it

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    1. I've already passed it on to MIL, to be honest she's not the kind of person who would display something like that. I know the story behind our not knowing about the war now and it's not because of traumatic experiences, so that's a good thing.

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