Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Now, as you all know our daddy likes to paint little model soldiers. Mummy says everyone needs to have a hobby. Her’s is gardening
and yelling at Me and Nellie. Anyway, daddy has been particularly busy with his hobby lately. Something to do with the 100th year commemorative anniversary of Gallipolli. Now for our overseas followers who do not know of this, much has been written about this campaign, but mummy will use a quote from http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-gallipoli-campaign/introduction
Children of Gallipoli
The Gallipoli campaign was a relatively minor aspect of the First World War. The number of dead, although horrific, pales in comparison with the casualties on the Western Front in France and Belgium. Nevertheless, for New Zealand, along with Australia and Turkey, it has great significance.
In Turkey, the campaign marked the beginning of a national revival. The Ottoman hero of Gallipoli, Mustafa Kemal, would eventually become, as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founding President of the Turkish Republic. In New Zealand (and Australia), Gallipoli helped foster a developing sense of national identity. Those at home were proud of how their men had performed on the world stage, establishing a reputation for fighting hard in difficult conditions.
Anzac Day grew out of this pride. First observed on 25 April 1916, the date of the landing has become a crucial part of the fabric of national life – a time for remembering not only those who died at Gallipoli, but all New Zealanders who have served their country in times of war and peace.
Daddy is involved in a project to commemorate Gallipoli. This project has been sponsored by someone called Peter Jackson.
Here is the link to the blog about the project.
Me and Nellie do not know of this Peter Jackson, but mummy says he is famous in a place called “Hol-low-wood”. She says he makes movies featuring hobbits and dragons. Me and Nellie do not know of these dragons, but mummy says they breathe fire and brimstone. No doubt something like mummy does when she discovers Me and Nellie
rampaging running through her garden or chasing the chickens.
Daddy says he has lots more to paint. Me and Nellie do not care, for We have heard mummy and daddy talking about something far more interesting. Mummy says that there might be another pawty occurring next weekend and as loyal readers know, Me and Nellie love pawties. After all, it is a time that We get the love and attention that We so richly deserve. Not to mention all that floor pie, We might find.
Love Nellie and Jasper, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.