Tuesday, April 6, 2010

my challenge is met!





Yep - the one from two weeks ago. I'd already done it in town which is what gave me the idea but then I got a chance to go to the Garrison Graveyard in Annapolis Royal - it has the oldest epitaph in Canada - 1720 for one Bathiah Douglass (love the name). I also took a photo of a gravestone for a fella whose first name was Welcome!

7 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Graveyards are so cool...

Ann said...

That is an unual name. Graveyards are full of interesing information. Do they have sayings on the tombstones. Very popular in Ireland. Carved verses in the tombstones.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love to wander in old graveyards. Your photos are marvelous. I remember finding an old stone once that read only: Mother and child. It was so sad to think that no one knew who they were.

Not enough hours! said...

I did your challenge my way. My religious/ cultural heritage does not erect monuments to the dead. We cremate, and immerse the ashes in a river so it can reach the sea and eventually be re-born in another person. So I spent my time reflecting on what we actually leave behind, without going to a cemetery. But I shall one of these days- there is one near my place, but I didn't want to disturb the genuine worshipers during Lent and Easter.

~ Rayna

Jan Morrison said...

Diane - yes, as Faith points out at Sacred Dirt - they are repositories of stories!
Ann - yes - some sayings but very hard to read - the gravestones are nearly worn through being on a salty shore!
Tricia - yikes! So sad.
Rayna - of course it is different in your part of the world! The practice that I was alluding to - Chud practice - originated in India as a Buddhist practice and it was for practioners to go to charnel grounds and sit with the bodies (and the vultures). Modern day charnel grounds might be hospitals or war fields. Not so modern after all. I've also practised in a crematorium which was interesting.

Talli Roland said...

I did not do the challenge! Bad me! I might at some point, though.

I love your photos. Gorgeous graveyard.

Jan Morrison said...

hey Talli - no way are you bad! The challenges will keep or can be ignored all together - these challenges are GUARANTEED GUILT FREE! They will happily live in your brain and heart til needed or you might find one that you really need and many that don't fit the bill.