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Young Crow

16 Jun

Margot took these a few years ago in Spring Bank cemetery..

O what made fatuous sunbeams toil …

4 Mar

 …To break earth’s sleep at all?

The weekend in Black and White is here.

Final resting place

5 Oct

Usually fly tippers choose a secluded spot, a back alley or a country lane say. The depositors of this unwanted bed chose the entrance to Spring Bank cemetery on one of the busiest roads in town. Is rubbish dumping at long last coming out of the closet and into the mainstream?

Eleanor Crosses

21 Jun
Spring Bank cemetery has two of these Gothic iron Eleanor Cross style monuments. They are nearly identical. The left hand one is a listed monument  and both were repaired in the mid 1990’s when a newspaper from 1868 was found in one of them. Originally they would have had some glazing and a funerary urn positioned within. Of course when new there were no trees and the place would have been kept clear and well maintained.

Grave offerings

21 May

It seems are the days of just leaving a bunch of flowers by the gravestone are long gone …

Weeping Ash

20 May
Fraxinus excelsior (Pendula)
Coming up to June and every other tree and bush has been busy getting out the greenery whilst the ash seems to be still asleep with barely a bud showing. This fine specimen is on the corner of Spring Bank west and Chanterlands Avenue, in the cemetery as you can see.
The weekend in black and white is here.

Inappropriate to say the least

28 Apr
Bene qui latuit bene vixit.
So you spend a bit of money buying a lease on a quiet little plot in the General Cemetery, you lay out your dead in simple plain graves with no ostentation and there you might think you’ll lie, without attracting much attention, in perpetuity or at least for the 999 years of your lease. But you had not reckoned with idiots (no better word, well there is but this is a family friendly site) plonking ten foot high signs that are just an insult, a desecration if you would, of the whole ethos of the place. No doubt it’ll have something to do with the pestilence that goes by the name of ‘Culture’ and no doubt a grant will have been obtained to create this vandalism.
I don’t know who is responsible for this and I can find no record of any planning permission being sought or granted so it’s all a bit of a mystery.