Monday, December 02, 2013

Jan 2013: Visiting some old chaps

I dropped off Diya at a birthday party and then wandered over to the side. I knew I had seen a cemetery around here on google maps, and I did find it

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It is a rectangular plot

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in a strange way, it looks devastated

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so i walk around the plot to find a place to get in and come across this signpost which has been vandalised

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walking up the path

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I spot a little tree trunk which was on the side of the path

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very interesting holes, one of a woodpecker and another of wood boring worms

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the patterns are amazing, and a dried out leaf..

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it almost looks like a close up of elephant skin

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carry on macduff, no faffing around. 

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another fallen trunk

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ah! a gap in the fence,,but that may be a bit challenging to pop in with my corpulent self

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looking up and seeing a curved branch

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can you see rivulets of bark?

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I come into the cemetery proper..

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Old contemptibles Association. Fascinating story behind this.

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now that is so sad…

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An old gravestone of Martin something. Aged 15 years. He was killed by a bomb in 1945..what a little tragic story

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I wonder what this is

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Somebody has left a little tinsel Christmas tree. A tiny offering of love and remembrance.

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This cemetery has quite a lot of war graves, all of them dating back to WW2. Artillery, Royal Ordinance, some sailors..

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Some vandalism has happened

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Previously you had some rather interesting grave decorations with these corner posts and chains.

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A couple buried in 1913 and 1918. Almost 100 years back. Together again for a long time..

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And another vandalised grave

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Another casualty of the war

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More war graves…looks like there were quite a lot of people from around here who served in the WW2

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Some simple graves with wooden crosses

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More vandalised graves. Bastards!

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Some sorry looking plastic flowers..

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Celtic Crosses

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More war graves

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Some repairs to the path and drainage happening.  the orange colour is so eye catching

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an ancient ancient grave

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repairing a gravestone…

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A book lover?

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sighs. mindless vandalism

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lovely sculpture

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a family together…

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A grave ornament which has collected water

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another one which has two stone doves on top.

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Mossy Angel

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I am now walking around

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more moss on the stones

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A “"White Man? curious

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another toppled cross

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total vandalism. Bastards indeed. Mindless hooliganism

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A lovely little angel

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More soldiers

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A little gate. Eh?

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Then a collective grave of what looks like a nunnery..

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A boxer?

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A headless statue..

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It is starting to get quite dark..

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More graves of brave soldiers

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A tiny angel

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So many young men…

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So this is the main gate, which is now closed. Dammit. 

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I walk back

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And then reach the gap in the fence and slip out.

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And then finish my little walk about in the cemetery with this rather scary tree. 

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