August Roundup


In case you missed them, here are links to some of my August blogposts.


image credit Vincent van Gogh [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Special flower for August

Family History

1976 wedding 7

London Poverty Maps for #FamilyHistory

Summer of 1976 wedding


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Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

The Heartfelt Series by Adrienne Vaughan


piano music
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Brilliant performance of Ravel’s Bolero

Lovely out-of-print piano music collection #JeromeKern

Swinging Sixties

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Crazy furniture from the 1960s

Brilliant 1968 film of the English Riviera

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Special flower for August


The special flower for the month of August is the gladiolus – or gladioli if you’ve  bunch of them.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac the gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation.

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The other August flower is the poppy.

A red poppy signifies pleasure;
A white poppy is given for consolation; and,
A yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.

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The Interflora website explains that

August’s birth flower gets its name from the Latin ‘gladius’, meaning ‘sword’, which is why you may have heard it called ‘sword-lily’. The name in fact is a reference to the sword-swinging gladiators of ancient Rome. Back then, when gladiators literally fought to the death in the arena, the victor was showered in gladioli. It is for this reason that gladioli are said to embody strength, generosity and moral integrity.

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The British Florist Association

says that Gladioli are known to symbolise strength of character, faithfulness, integrity, infatuation, and persistence. Beyond these meanings, the birth flower for August carries other meanings that differ by colours;

Red gladioli symbolises – love.
Pink gladioli symbolises – compassion.
White gladioli symbolises – innocence.
Yellow gladioli symbolises – joy.
Purple gladioli symbolises – charm and grace.

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