Si vis pacem, para bellum.*


A maxim which applies to all areas of life, not just the battle field, IMHO.   Jings, where to start?   Where did I leave off?  February 4th, apparently.   Since that time we were made aware that the Russian Consul General in Scotland was to award Dad with the Ushakov medal, at home, in honour of his time served on the Arctic Convoys.  It was quite short notice and therefore a little tricky to arrange, but in the end Mr Pritsepov and his team arrived, to the great excitement of the assembled audience.  The Consul General asked Dad about his war service and in particular his experiences on board these runs.   If you know my father you will be aware that his memory is pin sharp,  so this was an informative and entertaining session.  The CG then presented dad with the medal, and a beautiful commemorative watch.  Everyone was invited to partake of a traditional shot of vodka at this point (you could tell afterwards who had had one because of the bright red faces).   Many photographs were taken, some of mine are below.

Otherwise we have had two lovely meals here, one for a cousin who unfortunately couldn’t be there, and a belated one for Paul’s 50th, with the White family.   We went out and about today, in Culross and the Bay, because although it was freezing it was gloriously sunny.  Managed to return a lost precious thing and to take pictures of the moon with Earthshine, Venus and Mars.  This software is placing the pictures in reverse chronological order, sorry about that, my IT guru is asleep.  As ever, double click to enlarge pictures.

Crescent moon with Earthshine, Venus and Mars below right
Crescent moon with Earthshine, Venus and Mars below right
Culross
Culross
Sunset silhouette, Culross
Sunset silhouette, Culross
Christopher White in the North Queensferry lighthouse
Christopher White in the North Queensferry lighthouse
Jacquie, Chris, Paul and Philip, Wee Restaurant NQ
Jacquie, Chris, Paul and Philip, Wee Restaurant NQ
My father's medals from WWII
My father’s medals from WWII
English translation of medal script
English translation of medal script
Medal Ceremony programme
Medal Ceremony programme
Alexander Miller M.A. Esq with Ushakov Medal
Alexander Miller M.A. Esq with Ushakov Medal
Mr Pritsepov awarding medal
Mr Pritsepov awarding medal, with Mr. Timofey V. Kunitskiy, Vice-Consul
Reminiscing
Reminiscing
Mr Pritsepov greets Dad
Mr Pritsepov greets Dad
Ushakov Medal
Ushakov Medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*If you wish peace, prepare for war.  Motto of the Royal Navy.

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