i bought my poppy having read and seen about the installation, and having been to the battlefields and cemeteries in France. i’d found experiences in France very moving and i was totally overwhelmed when i visited the Tower and saw the installation itself. i don’t have family (or anyone i know about) who were involved in these battles, having been born in south africa. but i felt this was something that should be remembered by the world – like the holocaust – and this was a very beautiful, peaceful yet piercing way for it to be done. i planted my poppy in flowerpots on my kitchen window amongst orchids where it blooms and glows. i see it many, many times a day and feel quiet satisfaction and gratitude that i have it.