Monday, March 26, 2007

crazy day, so just a quick stroll

Our son-in-law commented this weekend that we are seriously strange people. Maybe, maybe not, I'll let you decide for yourself....you see it all happened like this...


We woke up early on Saturday, and saw that the sunrise was looking good so we went for a stroll to see the best viewpoint....

As we carried on, we looked through this gate...

and saw how stunning the sun looked through the trees and the shadows it cast across the grass...

then we spotted the stone crosses on the headstones, and you know how I seem to be intruiged by them...
yup, it is an old historic graveyard, we have been past often but never been inside or looked around it.
So in we went, and before we knew it, we were having a fascinating time reading all the inscriptions... so much history here...the dates on the headstones are all in the mid to late 1800s, and life must have been hard, there were so many little children, and most of the adults were in their 40s and early 50s.
(If you want to see the names, dates etc the pictures are clickable to enlarge)
There were many graves with whole families in them, some were so sad, one had 5 kids followed by their 33 year old mother.
Its a long way to Tipperary... there were lots of Irish names.
I loved the old metal railings around some of the graves.

The magnificent trees must have been planted at around the same time as some of these graves were done, they absolutely dwarf the church, even though it is high on the hill overlooking the old graveyard, and judging by the way they lean, they have withstood many gales in the last century and a half!
Sadly the satanists have vandalised some of the headstones, such a shame.

It was a lovely outing... well we enjoyed it, but as I say, J thought we were a bit batty to enjoy a sunrise stroll in a graveyard....oh well add it to the growing list of eccentric behaviour!!!

10 comments:

Libbys Blog said...

I enjoy strolling round graveyards too!! Some fascinating history there!!

Ash said...

The stones and the ironwork are lovely in the morning light...and any tendency to battiness is to be encouraged at every opportunity...

xx Lindsay

Janet said...

I was gone for a few days but had to see what you were up to. I love old cemetaries, too....and reading the old headstones. Sometimes they're so sad especially when they're children. Your photos are beautiful. I like the trees leaning from the wind....they bend but they don't break.
Isn't it sad that some people feel the need to destroy things they don't understand or care about!

Blue the Spa Girl said...

Wow, what a great post. I love those metal railings around some of the stones too.
It is sad to see that a woman and 5 of her kids never made it to a ripe old age.
The leaning trees are phenomenal.

kirsty said...

No wonder I like you, Suzi! I like stuff like that too :D

RUTH said...

I'll join your graveyard tours. I find them fascinating so much history. The sunrise and phots are really lovely.

Ex-Shammickite said...

If you're considered strange, then I'm strange too, as I've enjoyed many strolls through old graveyards, reading the inscriptions and noting the family names. Fascinating stuff, a true-life history lesson. Life was hard in those bygone days, for sure.

Sheila said...

It looks like you are in good company...this is my idea of an afternoon well spent too..!

Deb R said...

Maybe I'm batty too, but I like old graveyards. Your photos are lovely!

Gigi said...

I sometimes go for a walk in the graveyard here - it's so peaceful. French cemeteries are very well-kept and some of the headstones extremely elaborate. I wanted to take photos one day, but the keeper told me it was forbidden...because of the competition!

Hmmm. Interesting...