Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tombstones and Cemeteries

Circle of Life

Not far from my house there is a small church and a school. St Joseph’s Catholic Church is one of the old weatherboard churches that we have a lot of here in Tasmania. There used to be services there but I am not sure if there are many now as the church built a big new, modern church at Ranelagh to service the parishes of the Huon. There is a cemetery though and there are still burials there. It is located behind the school playground and there is no discernible boundary between the two.

Some of the graves, as I said, are quite recent. There are big black marble affairs, others are much older and made of stone with the lettering fading away and some are humble timber crosses hand-made by the families. Most of the new graves are quite well-kept with flowers on them but a few of the very old ones are vanishing back into the bush. There are gum trees all around and you can hear the birds, kookaburras, sometimes parrots and always crows who live amongst them. I am sure that if you were there at night you would see possums and wallabies. During the day you would be able to hear the laughter and shouts of children in the playground. I rather like the way that the playground and the cemetery are so close to each other.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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