Friday, April 25, 2014

Dear Granny - Final Postcard

Dear Granny,

We are coming home.  Brush the corgis, polish up the carriages and wake old Phillip up - the tour is over and we are heading home.

Today we started off with an early start, even earlier than little G wakes us up by getting up at early o'clock and heading off to the Dawn Parade for ANZAC day.  ANZAC day is a day of rememberence for our Kiwis and Aussie friends to remember all those who have served in the armed forces.  

We hope we have done you proud!!  See you at the airport!

Kate, Wills and Baby G

Today is a day off from work for the muster due to ANZAC day.  We were listening to the stats on a TV show today.  In 1914, when the first world war started the population of NZ was only just over 1 million people (it is 4 million now).  Over the period of 1914-1918 over 100,000 troops and nurses left our shores to travel half way round the world to serve and fight.  Of those 58,000 were either injured or killed, some of the highest death and injuries rates per capita.  10,000 of our horses were also sent over for the war effort with only 4 returning to the home of their birth.  Next year, we will remember 100 years of the ANZACS serving together.


  1. Yes! It's all very sad Poppy!x
    War is a terrible thing...Don't understand why people have to do it to each other! Mankind will never learn!

    Still! Enjoyed ALL yer postcards Poppy!x And, l expect our good old Queen, is looking forward to seeing her grandchildren..! And, the spiteful little corgis..! :>).

  2. From what we've heard, they've been a hit in both NZ and Australia, especially George.

    It's been fun reading all the "letters!"

  3. Remembering with respect and thanks all of those who have served and gone before.

    The young family were a treat, weren't they. It seemed as if they really felt quite at home.

  4. Oh I didn't realize it was ANZAC day. I have a recipe for ANZAC cookies... It HAS been fun reading all the dear Granny letters, what an exciting event, and so close to you.

  5. Do you have a special day on November 11th? That's Canada's Remembrance Day. In any case, it's good to have a day to recall the sacrifices made by our people.

  6. poppy q.... a veree nice final post card N how veree veree veree sad bout your countree men N de poneez ♥♥♥

    we hope ewe can enjoy sum time with mum bee for her goes bak two werk

    heerz two a sea bass & shrimp kinda week oh end two ewe ♥

  7. The postcards have been a lot of fun. Very creative!

    We are thankful for those who served their countries today and in the past, so we can live in security and peace.

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

  8. We are very proud of the young royals. I think they have been a hit in Australia and New Zealand. Love the postcards.

  9. The royal couple are truly lovely and the people of both countries gave such a welcome. You do look as though you are having serious thoughts, Poppy. Mum remembers seeing so many young people from Oz and NZ in Turkey for Anzac Day. Meow, Jessica

  10. War is a terrible thing with the loss of so many human and animal lives Poppy.
    I think the Queen will be very proud of Wills, Kate and little George.